And the national — and Nebraska — press corps lost their collective sheet about it.
One, because they can’t believe they have to agree with something Trump is saying. And two, because Trump is becoming a serious challenge to Hillary, and for them that-just-can’t-happen.
Since this is a Nebraska blog, let us look at some of the local press angles first:
Joe Morton, the OWH’s Washington guy, retweeted:
Journalists covering Trump have now been banned, patted down, physically restrained and verbally harassed while trying to do their jobs.
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) September 16, 2016
Of course, Hillary’s staff threatens reporters about covering her health fits just days before she collapses into the arms of her staff — well that’s just normal stuff!
But you’re more likely to see stuff like this, from LJS reporter Zach Pluhacek:
National scene has me 100 percent: pic.twitter.com/xlORuq5Vsb
— Zach Pluhacek (@zachami) September 16, 2016
Because Zach makes it clearer where he and much of the press is: If Hillary were blowing away Trump, it would be laughter and dancing. Instead it’s the steely eyes of a broken private about to blow away his Sergeant.
But the local guys and gals can sometimes be more subtle.
It’s the national types who are off the deep end.
There’s Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post who re-tweeted this under “This. Always and forever”:
— Dan Eggen (@DanEggenWPost) September 16, 2016
Because of course it’s a “dumpster fire”!
Because Trump is gaining.
And Cillizza spent the balance of the morning tweeting and retweeting how Hillary’s camp did NOT start the birther movement.
Well, except that one of her closest confidants, Sidney Blumenthal, did.
Yet the press is bending over backwards on this narrative.
What will happen next?
Many of them soon will see themselves as Edward R. Murrows going after Joe McCarthy.
It will be, “We have a DUTY to tell you how awful Hitler…er…Donald Trump is!”
It will be fun to watch the vast, vast majority of liberal Democrats who make up the media going this route.
But it will be a fun one to watch because they don’t hold the vise grip on the American public’s news and opinion gathering any more.
On this topic, National Review’s Jim Geraghty has a good column (in his Morning Jolt) where he discusses…
…What would happen if Trump beat Hillary Clinton?
His 5 thoughts:
1. It would be a political earthquake.
2. It would be the most awkward presidential transition in American history.
3. The Obama legacy would suddenly shift overnight.
4. Hillary Clinton would become one of the most hated Democrats of all time.
5. The Left might just learn a needed lesson.
And of course, he fleshes out each point.
Worthwhile Friday afternoon read.
In the extremely competitive #NE02 Congressional race, Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford says that the NRCC has it all wrong on his votes to close Gitmo.
See the previous three times Ashford voted against keeping open the terrorist detention facility, he says he totally did that because those votes just went to far.
But this latest vote — where he realized that he was running for re-election and needed to vote with Republicans — was different.
Not so, says NRCC spokesman Zach Hunter:
“…yesterday’s measure that Ashford supported is one of the broadest measures brought up for a vote and far more comprehensive than the previous bills he opposed. (Ashford’s) explanation is simply false.”
It is certainly interesting that Ashford is going the “national security” line when contesting a retired Brigadier General, in Don Bacon.
Of course his, “I voted against it before I voted for it!” line of defense hasn’t always been a terribly successful campaign gambit.
It’s always a little surprising when the Huskers are favored over a team ranked higher than them. (The #30 Huskers start as 2 point favorites over #22 Oregon.) I won’t be surprised to see that move to even by game time.
But, just ICYMI from the Husker fanatics on your Facebook feed…
(It comes right after all of the pro and anti-Hillary and pro and anti-Trump memes…)
And when you’re done taking your favorite math quizzes on The Facebook, be sure to pop on over to the Leavenworth St. page and give it a Like!
And then dip your toe into the Twitter and give @LeavenworthSt a follow!
Because that is how you will stay up to date on the talk of Nebraska politics all weekend long!
And Go Huskers!