Nebraska delegate to the Republican Convention, Brian Buescher, is already in Cleveland meeting with the Platform Committee, which meets today and tomorrow.
You can find Brian Tweeting (here and there) @BrianBuescher1 on the Twitter.
Then on Thursday and Friday this week before the full convention, delegate (and Nebraska Committeeman) J.L. Spray will be meeting on the Rules Committee. That will be the first test of the pro and anti-Trump forces to see if anything will happen regarding the commitment of delegates to Trump.
If you listened to Spray on the most recent edition of The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast, you heard that he is very suspect of the anti-Trumpers’ potential for effectiveness.
The other side of that is whether Rules Committee members may push out a “Minority Report” (which I was watching on cable over the weekend — the future of self-driving cars!) which would allow the body of delegates at the convention to vote on whether delegates should be bound or unbound and be allowed to “vote their conscience”.
However, the delegate counters out there seem to think that it is unlikely that the anti-Trumpers will get the 28 votes they need out of the Rules Committee for such a vote. And then even if it does go to the floor, those such as J.L. Spray find it unlikely that delegates would vote to essentially disenfranchise all of those voters who took part in the state primaries.
Of course one of the biggest problems of the #NeverTrumpers is that there is no organized alternative to the presumptive GOP nominee. If they don’t want Trump, who do they want?
Sure they can shout, “Anybody!”, or some such, but that isn’t something — or someone — people can rally around. Essentially they are supporting the smoke-filled-room, and that isn’t exactly in vogue these days.
Which leads us to a recent vote in the Senate. On GMOs (no, follow me here).
The gist of the vote was that there are a patchwork of laws around the country, state-by-state, that require different types of labeling on food products that are or contain “genetically modified organisms”. They have been proved safe for consumption, but there are still many states that require specific labeling at the grocery stores in order to be sold in the state.
So U.S. Senators decided to tackle the issue and make a clear federal law on it. Senator Deb Fischer (a rancher) supported it, as well as Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley (a farmer) and Joni Ernst.
A number of progressives — and a conservative — were against the bill. The libs, lead by Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy think that the labeling standard put through is too weak, and want sellers to have to bow to each state’s commerce rules.
Others, like the Nebraska Farm Bureau, don’t like the idea of labels at all — but like the idea of the patchwork of laws even less — so they supported the bill.
Which leads us to conservative Ben Sasse, who voted against it. He sees the idea of any GMO labeling to be worse than the patchwork that already exists. He wanted to just get rid of all labeling — but that idea received zero traction.
So he took a principled position.
Which is fine. Unless you want to do something.
In the real world, farmers and ranchers are stuck with the existing circumstances. So the majority voted to make the best of a bad situation. They chose “something” over “nothing”.
And this isn’t meant to hammer Senator Sasse — but to simply disagree with his methods.
For instance, he doesn’t like Donald Trump because, among other things, he doesn’t think Trump is conservative enough. And that’s fine, except the alternative isn’t some super-dude that is going to fall from the sky.
The alternative is Hillary.
For the Nebraska farmers and ranchers, the alternative wasn’t “no-labelling”. It was new, less offensive labelling, or the old method of Vermont and 49 other versions. “#NeverLabels” wasn’t up for a vote.
And by the way, the alternative to #NeverTrump is not #NeverHillary. It’s #Hillary.
The other campaign
The anti-Death Penalty gang has a new TV ad out. See it here:
The spot was done by Ryan Horn of Sandler Innocenzi — and you can see Horn’s style of a “story” that comes through on it.
On the same topic, the JoAnne Young at the LJS wrote about a funder sponsored by two Democrats for “young professionals” (an expanded term these days, apparently) for the “Anti” cause. They state that lots of “young” people are against the death penalty.
Then (to her credit) Young quotes pro-Death Penalty spokesman Chris Peterson, who points out that all of their polling indicates “there is no statistical difference of opinion about the death penalty for 18-34-year-olds versus all voters.”
“So whether someone is 25, 45 or 65 years old, they have the same probability of being among the majority of Nebraskans who support repealing LB268 and keeping the death penalty.”
Hey here’s random note:
Tomorrow is Amazon Prime Day — sort of the summer version of Cyber Monday. The gist is that there will be lots of different deals on Amazon.com for one day — and they promise they’ll be better than last year (which some people panned).
So, I would just ask that if you decide to purchase something, please first click on one of the Amazon banners here on Leavenworth St. (or any of these links), and that will take you to the site. Leavenworth St. then gets a tiny bit of anonymous love from you (at no additional expense to you), and it helps to keep the lights on here at Leavenworth St.
Because THAT’s how you stay up to date (and support) the talk of Nebraska politics!