Before Sunday’s OWH article about Ben Sasse’s “Townhall” in Elkhorn, Leavenworth St. had heard complaints about the event from various attendees.
There was the fact that Sasse himself spoke only briefly to a room full of constituents, then told them his staff was taking over.
There was the refusal by Sasse to talk in the room about the political positions that he has taken over the past year.
And there was the statement by Sasse that the feelings of those in the room, “are not representative of everybody.”
This would be the second time, recently, that Sasse has stated that those people who attend an event, politely listen to the views of a politician, then attempt to let said politician know their own views, are “outside the mainstream”.
This time Sasse spent a little more time fleshing out his views — but would only do so, on the run, outside the auditorium, instead of on the stage where everyone could hear him.
You want to talk about not being part of the majority?
Sasse is waaaaay outside the majority of his Congressional colleagues who are willing to walk into a room, state their views to anyone who will listen, then respectfully listen to the views of others.
The funny thing is, Sasse can and should express to his constituents his political views in public. He is certainly willing to do so to a roomful of the political cognoscenti in Washington, D.C. He has no problem taking to social media to write down his views. And he will go on radio and TV to do so.
So what’t he problem with standing on a stage in Elkhorn and giving it up?
And then there’s that little part of telling his constituents that they aren’t the ones that matter. He did this a few months back after he told the Washington, D.C. reporters that the delegates at the Nebraska GOP convention didn’t represent the views of Nebraskans either.
But aside from the crazy disrespect that Senator Sasse is showing these Nebraskans, it is a curious way to go about doing business. Telling the people who make the effort to take part in the republican form of government that they don’t count? What is that? Who DOES that?
Again, it is clear what Sasse is doing.
He hopes that by denigrating the Republican party’s nominee, he can assist in him losing to Hillary Clinton, and then take the mantle of “party-changer” while she is sitting in the Oval Office.
This great plan for Ben Sasse, however, means that the people of the United States would be subject to the rule of Hillary Clinton.
So, once again, unlike what Sasse told the angry crowd at his Columbus Town Hall, this election is not about “what kind of candidates you want more of in the future.”
This election is about electing either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Take your pick, because one of them WILL be elected.
The future is NOW.
How do you solve a problem like…
The LJS has a follow-up story with various state Senators about what to do on the Bill Kintner issue.
Pretty much all of them hope that Kintner solves the issue himself by resigning. No one is crazy about the alternatives.
Those would be returning to Lincoln for a Special Session (at the additional cost of approx $65K) to determine whether they should vote to impeach or expel him.
Then the issue comes, if they do vote to impeach, there would have to be a trial in the Supreme Court.
And, as the parties call witnesses, what new information could be released?
And then, what if the SC acquits him?
Then they have to start all over again to expel, but probably would end up waiting until January anyway.
It is a mess.
And it ain’t going away.
And this is going to get rehashed eight ways from Sunday, but one thing to point out…
Here is Governor Ricketts’ statement, in full, regarding Kinter:
“In light of the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission’s decision, Senator Kintner should resign his office immediately. Period.”
And the NADC’s decision consisted of Kintner admitting that he misused public resources.
So…that’s the basis of the Governor’s resignation demand?
Of course we all know the background story, etc., etc. But that’s not what the Governor said.
There are lots of ways to misuse public resources. Not all of them are equal, right? So it is important for the Governor to spell out, just a bit more, WHY Kintner should resign.