Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse took to the Twitters and another social media format last night to give ONE-LAST-SHOT at convincing GOP Convention delegates to dump Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential nominee.
Sasse couched this diatribe in a “sacred duty of voting for the average Joe”, word-play. But make no mistake, this was directed at the delegates heading to Cleveland.
Sasse says, in a section subheaded “Strategic vs. Conscience Voting”:
I do hope, however, to explain to these strategic voters why many other Americans think that voting means more than just the least bad option on the ballot. Call us “conscience voters.”
You got that? He votes his “conscience”.
Regular readers, as well as listeners of recent The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast featuring Rules Committee delegate from Nebraska, J.L. Spray, know that idea of “voting one’s conscience” is the idea being pushed hard from Colorado delegate Kendal Unruh.
Unruh’s plan is to have a motion go to the floor (and they are now saying they have 28 delegates for the “Minority Report” to go to a floor vote from the Rules Committee) that allows convention delegates to “vote their conscience” on who should be the nominee — as opposed to being confined to following the will of those pesky state primary voters.
Right now the “conscience” vote is the buzzword for Dump-Trump. When you hear it, you know.
By the way, who should the nominee be if the conscience of the delegates say Dump Trump?
To the smoke filled room!
You thought the butterfly ballot was confusing
But as long as we are dissecting Sasse’s latest late-night word cloud, let’s note a few things.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if Sasse had given this speech to the delegates at his home state convention, instead of to the comfort and safety of his laptop?
It could have been a surge, starting from those he represents, in theory, instead of just to the D.C. cognoscenti, which is much of his current constituency.
Next, Sasse has an interesting theory about voting, which dovetails with the concept of candidates on the ballot.
See, Sasse talks about voting being about “what America means“, and “moral leadership” and (some would argue, most importantly for Sasse) “what sort of candidates we want more of in coming years“. Ah, that.
But here’s what Sasse missed about the pesky “voting” part:
The names ON the ballot.
For one, people DID already vote. They certainly did in places like Indiana and Nebraska. And Trump won.
And then there’s the part about WHO will be on the ballot. So, let’s pretend for a minute that he’s not just talking to convention delegates, but that he’s talking to November voters.
There are going to be three or maybe even five or more names on the ballot for President. Of those, one of two have a shot.
And you can sit with your arms crossed or flush your vote to Gary Johnson if you want. But either Trump or Hillary will be sitting in the Oval Office in January.
And no matter how you think others will interpret your actions, it won’t matter what people think you think. One of them will be the new President.
Now, if you would like someone else — someone better — to run next time? Then tell that person TO RUN. Because you can’t beat someone with no one. And then, maybe — just maybe — campaign for them. Sitting back and saying how much you hate the leading vote-getter is not a strategy. Well, maybe it’s a losing strategy.
Sasse talks about people wanting a disrupter, but that not all disrupters are the same. Some disrupters just want to watch DC burn, he says. Others (he counts himself among the latter group) will “lay out an actual vision for the future and where they will take us.”
Yup, sometimes people do hope that elected officials keep to their campaign promises. The things that got them elected. The THING that got them elected. The THING they campaigned on. And ran ads on. People do hope for that.
And as far as that goes, here are a few things.
Yes, the people of America — especially the Republican voters who gave Trump the nomination — want to disrupt Washington. And of that bunch of 17, it came down to two “disrupters” — Cruz and Trump. And THE PEOPLE voted for Trump.
So let us go through this rigamarole once more:
IT’S EITHER TRUMP OR HILLARY.
That’s the choice.
And it’s really starting to sound more and more like Sasse would rather take Hillary Clinton for 4 years, than have Donald Trump as President.
To quote the final passage from Senator Ben Sasse last night:
“What am I missing? You tell me…”
Wait a minute! What an I supposed to do with my “We Don’t Coast” license plate?
And then there’s my “Rare, Well Done” bumper sticker?
Now we have “Nebraska: Good Life. Great Opportunity.”
It used to be just, “The Good Life.” But now with the “GREAT” opportunity, it’s like “Life” is getting short shrift.
But at least they didn’t go with the original logo suggested by the $65,000 branding company:
Requiescat in pace
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Seth Rich, the Nebraska native working for the DNC who was murdered in Washington, D.C.
Many who read this blog are staffers in D.C. and other places, and have taken the same sort of steps in their careers. We wish the best for those close to him at this very difficult time.
Festivus in July
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