The Wheels Down Politics Show – Brian Buescher at the GOP Platform Committee in Cleveland

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Jerry Kratochvil with Brian Buescher
Jerry Kratochvil with Brian Buescher

Jerry Kratochvil interviews Nebraska delegate Brian Buescher, just back from the 2016 GOP Convention Platform Committee meetings in Cleveland.

Brian tells about some of stranger issues that came before the GOP Platform Committee over the past three days, as well as some of the regular topics as well.

He talks about some of the Nebraska focused planks that he was able to address, and he also gives a bit of a view on the Kansas grouse and Hawaiian chocolate covered nuts.

As the first committee to meet in Cleveland, he also took part in some of the first discussions on what might happen with the “Dump-Trump” delegates, and the likelihood of their success.

He notes what has happened at past conventions, and his thoughts on where things may go this time around.

Twitter: @BrianBuescher1
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Also, be sure to listen to the last podcast with Nebraska delegate J.L. Spray, on the very important Rules Committee which meets later this week. He gives very informative view on the various issues that will come up, especially on the Dump-Trump faction.


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  1. GOP Donor says:

    Serious question: Who will be running against Sass in the next Primary?

    We all now see that electing Ben was a mistake and it’s imperative that we get someone in that seat who won’t look like a fool every time he/she has a hankerin’ to talk to the press or fiddle with Twitter/facebook, and who will actually fight for our liberties and against the Marxist forces that now occupy most of the Democrat Party. Personally, I’d support Mayor Stothert if she decided to run against Sass.

  2. Sparkles says:

    Mr. Buescher claims (correctly) the Republican Platform Committee was open, transparent and overflowing with press.
    He then castigates the Democrats, claiming their Platform Committee Meetings were highly secretive, shielded from outside scrutiny and held behind closed doors in dimly lit back rooms (hey – maybe even held at one of those abandoned WalMarts that Obama’s terrorist legions have turned into a detention/death camps in preparation for their impending takeover!!)


    The Democratic Platform Committee Meetings were broadcast live on CSPAN.

    Countless hours of them. Every boring of motion, every amendment, debate and vote tally, all of it still only a mouse click away for anybody on the planet willing to endure the monotony of that wonkfest.
    The exact opposite of GOP variant, which is literally chock full of CRAZY.
    Circus side show CRAZY.
    It’s the CRAZY that attracts the throngs of press Mr. Buescher describes.
    It’s the CRAZY that, as Mr. Buescher points out, requires the GOP to keep it’s draft platform under lock and key until immediately prior to your meetings.

    And it should be noted that the press that flocked the event are unanimous in their review –
    The GOP Platform Committee, yet again, drove the party ever further to the right, dove ever deeper in the darkness of their regressive social issues agenda.

  3. HTH says:

    Now, I’ve been wrong before, but Been Sassy = Fudge = Tony Oberley? What’s the matter, don’t want to be associated with blatantly supporting a whiter America? Fudgey, what was it you were saying about blacks in South Africa being better off under apartheid? Let’s revisit that.

    Again, could be wrong. But doubt it.


    • Oh Sammy says:

      You hate white folks? Why?

      There’s room in America for folks from all races, provided they aren’t breaking the law and hopefully not sucking on the welfare teet.

  4. Rock says:

    Any decision by the rules committee whether Trump/RNC will pay legal fees again of white Republicans who sucker punch defenseless black youth? Wasn’t sure if that offer still stands.

  5. Sparkles says:

    Feb 1, 2016, DoubleTree Hilton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa –

    “There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you?
    Seriously. Okay?
    Just knock the hell— I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.”
    – Donald J Trump

    Is there a President in history who has even approached this level of buffoonery?

    • bynd says:

      When they’re conducting an investigation, I’ve got to make sure that I don’t look like I’m putting my thumb on the scales one way or the other. — President Obama, on speaking out on the Michael Brown case

      • Sparkles says:

        Thank you for making my point, bynd.
        Thank you for pointing out the wise and reasoned words of a truly thoughtful, introspective and seasoned leader.

        As a matter of fact, one of our nation’s largest and most respected newspapers did a lengthy article on why the exact sentence you’ve quoted represents a highly reasoned and staid approach to difficult divisions and angst among Americans.
        I encourage you to read the article yourself, simply google:
        “President Obama chooses his words carefully on Michael Brown”

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles, The Rush Limbaugh of Leavenworthstreet. Your welcome. And why did the Pres. have to pick his words so carefully in the Michael Brown case? Because his shoot from the hip and don’t wait for the facts mouth has gotten him into trouble so many times. Our first black president has done more to harm this countries race relations since the Dems started the KKK.

        If I Had a Son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’

        And let’s not forget:
        ”The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.”

        I’ve now been in 57 states—I think one left to go.”

        The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.

        In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

        I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.

        Not to mention, keep your doctor, every family pay $2500.00 per year less for health insurance etc. etc.

        And I better stop. I do believe Sparkles has a special dispensation to cut and paste.

  6. sausage grinder says:

    Sasse has a twin sister. He and Ruth Ginsberg both hammer Trump, they don’t make a dent, and each finds it difficult to quit. Ah, that Ol’ magic Political Correctness, it’s like bait that a few well educated trout, despite knowing better, keep hitting and hitting until they collapse of exhaustion.

    News reports say Ginsberg “apologized” to Trump. Not true. She says she is only sorry for getting caught. She’s sorry for compromising her impartiality as a Justice, basically turning herself into an old senile hag. — And she may be dumber than Sasse. Maybe. For it is possible that Sasse is following Hagel’s lead by becoming the Senate’s resident GOP curmudgeon, with hopes of being appointed SECDEF by Jeb Bush’s grandson in 2040. As it stand now, Sasse looks like a clown. But that is also what Trump looked like to the dozens of governors and senators he then crushed. But Senators are in fact partisan while Judges are impartial.

    Ginsberg’s job is impartiality to the max. A lifetime appointment so she can shut her mouth and be judicially dignified. — The problem is, whenever Justices like Ginsburg make law from the bench, they start to become a lot like the mouthy assholes in Congress whom they seek to replace.

    A normal non-legislating Court will narrowly judge the laws that Congress grinds out like partisan sausage, and which are then passed by a partisan President who is himself a sausage. That sort of Court just ups or downs what Congress does, retains aloof dignity, and stays out of the bloody sausage grinding. But not Ruth.

    Ginsberg, like all activist Justices, thinks she IS Congress. And with her sausage grinding come all the same fat mouthed idiocy and partisan opinion that exists in Congress. Activist Court opinions grow into political diatribes, and Ginsburg- type Justices get used to jabbering politically instead of thinking judicially. They lose their moorings and become useless as a Court. They become just another bunch of Congressional assholes, like Ben Sasse. And that’s more than sad. Its bad government.

    I hope Trump doesn’t appoint Conservative Justices who push GOP federal law down our throats, like I also hope Trump doesn’t appoint Liberal Justices who push Democrat federal law up our butts. I hope Trump appoints Justices who first test every problem to see if it is better dealt with by states, or by individuals, or by just leaving it alone.

    Federal Government is a blacksmith’s anvil, not a surgeon’s scalpel. The stuff the Fed should be doing is vital to our survival but clumsy and detrimental to the engines of democracy, which are our millions of working citizens and not a few hundred DC sausage grinders and bureaucrats.

    Most problems are not a “federal case” and that must be the first consideration. Of course, that judgement is not cut and dried. It all will be argued out. But one need only to look at a once dignified Ginsberg today acting like a political Bozo to know that she thinks her federal role extends down to her deciding who you should vote for. Well she won’t quit now. So expect her senility to be a source of entertainment.

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