Nebraskans have taken over Cleveland!
Well…along with the rest of the GOP around the country.
And you’re going to hear lots and lots about what’s happening — and not happening. But your best source is always Leavenworth St.
But I awoke to one of my favorite writers already kvetching about the proceedings in Ohio.
I disagree with Jonah Goldberg that the Convention is supposed to be some lineup of every House and Senate member trotting out a prepared speech to the teleprompters — or that the party’s not unified enough.
That is not the modern show, and that’s not what the viewers are looking for.
The angry right keeps chuckling at themselves that Melania Trump and the Duck Dynasty guy are speaking. (Let’s see, candidate’s wife and very popular conservative TV guy. Oh the horror!)
But then here are some other featured speakers tonight:
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)
And those are just the top political names. There are a half dozen others who are speaking on a certain theme.
Note they are survivors — and loved ones of those who didn’t survive — from Benghazi and Afghanistan. My guess is they will be a solid speaking group tonight — and through the rest of the week.
So no, this is not going to be a convention about Ben Sasse and Trey Gowdy. And the Bushes and Romneys won’t be there.
But Cruz, Carson, Rubio, Christie, Ryan, McConnell, Gingrich and Pence will be.
I have a feeling that Republicans will get enough of the stalwarts to satisfy them.
The red pantsuit was a dead giveaway…
Hey look who snuck into and out of Omaha on Friday evening!
Democrat House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi! The country’s top liberal!
She swept into Eppley Airfield, unannounced, motorcaded over to midtown and got out of her fleet of black SUVs at the Grey Plume.
And who was there to meet her?
Democrat Brad Ashford.
Now Pelosi and Ashford both say they weren’t raising money.
(And Democrats in town are saying, “They sure as hell have BETTER been raising money!“)
She just jetted directly into town to try the Grey Plume’s $27 Chicken Roulade (with pear, turnip, shallot, feta and english pea). Or possibly the $37 Alaskan Day Boat Halibut (with breakfast radish, ramp, orange, farro tabbouleh and fava bean).
Because she certainly didn’t bring her Secret Service detail into the Big O to meet with the Democrat Union Bosses and their members at a union hall. And she didn’t venture into South O to try the Carne Asada at La Choza and rub elbows with some of her constituency.
Maybe she was just in town to thank Brad Ashford for repeatedly voting for her for Speaker of the House, and for voting WITH her 78% of the time.
You know, just an atta-boy and a pat on the head.
Because it sure as heck wasn’t a visit for everyday voters in the 2nd District.
Who Ashford claims to represent.
Leavenworth St. will (likely) be posting at various irregular times this week with shorter posts coming out of the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
For instance, you may see posts about Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena being interviewed by Stephen Colbert…
Or the Fischers of Valentine, Nebraska taking in the events (notably, Senator Deb and her nephew Sam)…
Or just the regular goings-on of the delegates rummaging through their boxes of swag.
And, Leavenworth St. will do its best to keep you — and the delegates — abreast of all that is happening in the Home of Rock and Roll!
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