Recruiting and polling

Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford has a new ad out. At least it appears to be for Brad. It also might be a “Jerry Ryan” ad. In any case, here it is:

The ad pleads, “Brad Ashford wasn’t there to vote for ObamaCare!”

Right, all he’s done is support the Democrat leader who said we had to pass it to find out what’s in it.

And 20,000 Nebraskans found out that they just lost their health care because of ObamaCare’s failures.

And as the NRCC notes, Ashford “joined Nancy Pelosi in voting against repealing the law’s tax hikes, onerous mandates, and more than $700 billion in cuts to Medicare that hurt our seniors.”

But Ashford’s ad is correct: There were no Republicans in Congress who voted for ObamaCare.

Too bad there wasn’t one less Democrat who did.


Think of the recruits!

The OWH’s sportswriter, Sam McKeown, writes in the paper a woe-is-us article about how tough recruiting will be now that the Governor and some of the Regents have criticized the Husker football players who kneeled during the national anthem.

He writes, “…elected officials tend to tread lightly when it comes to critiquing any aspect of Husker football.

After a laundry-list of writers who don’t agree with Governor Pete Ricketts and Regent Hal Daub, McKeown adds…

When three young black men — who happen to be football players — speak up about their personal experiences and what they perceive to be injustice, consider how it looks nationally when, within roughly 24 hours, two older white elected officials put in their two critical cents.

Oh, now they just “happen to be football players“? Because just a paragraph ago, it was ALL about them being football players.

So don’t let McKeown and others kid themselves: This ALL about them being football players, in their school football uniforms, specifically, at their football game.

So elected officials are supposed to simply sit on their hands and not speak out on what is a political issue at the state run University?

If no one had noticed, or said anything, the players would have considered it a failure. The whole POINT was to get people riled up. Are we to understand that the players were so naive that they did not think they would receive harsh, and sometimes even way out-of-bounds criticism from every yahoo on the internets? They didn’t see THAT coming?

If anyone is concerned about recruiting, it should be the players — who specifically decided to jam a stick into a hornets nest to see what would happen.

These players COULD have expressed their concerns and — if it was really what they were looking for — asked for a meeting with the school President. Or the Regents. Or, heck, why not even the Governor?

There are any number of options they could have chosen instead of kneeling during the National Anthem. But few of those options would have stirred things up as much as this. And they probably wouldn’t have made national news either.

But hey, if you’re a football fan, consider this: Mike Riley can now go out to recruits and tell them, “I’ve got your back. Even though there are haters out there, I won’t let you swing in the wind.” Or some such.

That should REALLY be what they want, right?

They can thank Daub and Ricketts later…


Stumping and polling

trump-in-cb-092916As noted in today’s morning post, Donald Trump came to the Omaha metro area to the message of a cheerful poll in Nebraska’s 2nd District:

Trump: 49%
Hillary: 40%

That is along with the Hillary campaign headquarters (plural), staff, TV and Warren Buffett pledges to give DQ sundaes to every Hillary voter across the metro. (Or did I miss-hear the last part?)

And of course Trump’s numbers are much higher in the 1st, 3rd and statewide.

But it would not be wise for Trump to sit on his Omaha laurels. As a swing-ish district, a Hillary surge could easily make it neck-and-neck. If things change and she starts to pull away, don’t be surprised to see Omaha get very tight.

In the mean time, the Trump train should keep on chugging.


Networking Socially

The Twitter: @LeavenworthSt
The Facebook: Leavenworth St.

(Because that’s how you stay a step ahead on the talk of Nebraska politics!)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Ashford is done and he knows it. He’s attacking Bacon and pleading with voters that he didn’t vote for Obamacare. Stick a fork in that geriatric fig. My prediction: Bacon by 8.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Anonymous, Bought my first go to court suite from the original Jerry Ryan when he worked for Brad’s family at Nebraska Clothing. Since I taught Brad I am a real geriatric. Have no feel for the election but the ad fits within the pattern of Brad the moderate theme. Slightly better than Bacon’s OCD commercial. Though Bacon has very effective, if rather nasty, RCCC ads trying to paint Brad as pure, D though I doubt the color really fits,

  2. Sweeper = Daub Apologists says:

    It is amazing for me to see Jerry Kratochvil act as an apologists for a 75 year old white dude against 20 year olds who (if you read their letter) in a very respectful way raised concerns about their experiences as black men in America.

    Where is Jerry’s (and Hal’s) at the fans and others that literally called for these kids to be HUNG. Are you kidding me, Jerry? Maybe it is time for some reflection.

    Hal Daub has embarrassed the University and Nebraska on a national stage. As Stephen A. Smith put it on NATIONAL TV (ESPN): “They (the players) have sat quietly, and still you’re not just talking about disagreement, he’s talking about exacting action against them because they’re not doing what he wants them to do. Hal Daub is the problem here, and he needs to be dealt with.”

  3. Millions of people think kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful. (And remember, it was first sitting until Kaepernick realized the optics were looking bad). Millions also go to a football game to be entertained, not preached to by a trio of wet-behind-the-ears millennials.

    The National Anthem is one of the few things that unifies all Americans. I have very little in common with a resident of North Omaha, except that we’re both American. If you take away one of the most important symbols of American unity, why should I feel any more kinship with a resident of North Omaha than a resident of Mongolia (I’m probably genetically closer to the Mongolian). And why should I care about some dubious* claims that African Americans are being unfairly targeted by the police, more than I do for the far more serious plight of women in Saudi Arabia or gays in large parts of the world?

    In any case, no more Huskers or NFL for me, while this shite is going on. The last thing I want to waste time watching is some half-baked activism.

    *Dubious because when 3% of the population commits 50% of violent crime, it’s pretty darn obvious members of that group are going to interact more with police. BLM is a joke.

    But hey, we’re already seeing the Ferguson effect in action, with the crime rate rising in most major cities. And violent crime disproportionately harms African Americans. Our privilege young football players are helping destroy their own communities.

    • Anonymous says:

      The national anthem isn’t all you or I have in common with our fellow citizens in North Omaha. It should be enough that we’re all human beings. It’s a short jump from there to treating others the way I’d like to be treated. No need even to appeal to a ‘god’ if you don’t believe in one.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      ProfGH, your argument against kneeling during the Anthem is the same argument Scalia rejected in the flag burning case, I think on that one he was right. Your knowledge of American law enforcement and race does not fit with what I learned in 50 years of practice and teaching, but on this issue I do not see much point in debate. Perhaps we could find unity if you could learn to spell “shit” like an American, though US spelling does lack charm.

      • RL:

        You have to stop turning everything into a legal issue. I have said with nauseating frequency that I think they have a constitutional right to protest. That doesn’t mean I can’t find their conduct reprehensible, and act accordingly. I’m a private citizen, not a state agent. (If one of them were in my class — there was a time, long ago, that quite a few football players took chemistry — I would be in the wrong if I in any way retaliated against them for their views.)

        Most of what is wrong in the world shouldn’t be illegal. In fact, one of the problems I have with the left, from a libertarian standpoint, is the almost vanishingly narrow window many of them have between what is illegal and what is right. I don’t sleep with prostitutes, I try to avoid lying, and I don’t smoke dope. I think all those things are wrong one way or another. But I don’t think any of them should be illegal.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, never thought you thought punishment was appropriate, you made your position clear. I do suggest that Scalia could be read for a broader point, that we should rejoice in our shared tradition of debate and disagreement beyond law, so that a kind of civic pleasure should be aroused by dissent. I taught Lord Devlin and Bernard Williams views but remain committed to the harm principle of JSM with emotional distress excluded from harm. So we are agreed on that.

  4. Stan says:

    Their protest had already received significant attention before Pete Ricketts and Hal Daub decided to attack HUSKER FOOTBALL players. I don’t care what the issue is about, but if an elected official in Nebraska wants to start a fight with members of the football team, don’t act surprised when the state sides with the players and not the politicians.

    Hal and Pete are getting dragged through the fire because they didn’t have the sense to resist criticizing student athletes who generate revenue for the University (and the entire state) without receiving paychecks. Calling the athletes who did a peaceful protest disgraceful and suggesting they be kicked off the team was a bad idea, and no amount of spin will change that.

  5. Sparkles says:

    You’re all going to have to get over it. It’s constitutionally protected free speech.

    A former Nebraska Governor weighed in on such peaceful acts of protest decades ago (Dec 13, 1995, NYT:
    Senator Bob Kerrey, Democrat of Nebraska, who won the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, said flag burning “is not, in my judgment, a great threat to this country.”

    “What is a great threat to this country,” Senator Kerrey said, “is when 40 percent of our youth do not know what the cold war was; when 50 percent do not know whether Adolf Hitler was an enemy in the Second World War; when a large percentage of people are unable to associate with any of the narrative of this country.”

    Michael Rose-Ivey is not one some ill informed youth. MRI is a bright and engaged younf man who has experienced discrimination few who condemn could understand.
    MRI should be applauded for his thoughtful protest.

    But, while we’re on the subject of ill informed, from an August 2016 PPP poll –
    – 69% of Trump voters think that if Hillary Clinton wins the election it will be because it was rigged, to only 16% who think it would be because she got more vote than Trump.
    – 40% of Trump voters think that ACORN (which hasn’t existed in years) will steal the election for Clinton.
    – Even though Trump ended up admitting it didn’t exist, 47% of his voters say they saw the video of Iran collecting 400 million dollars from the United States.

    And in a May 2016 PPP poll of voters with a favorable opinion of Trump:
    -65% think President Obama is a Muslim, only 13% think he’s a Christian.
    -59% think President Obama was not born in the United States, only 23% think that he was.

    If a person wants to be upset about the actions of a specific group of citizens who are bringing discordance and even harm to this nation…

    • Dale Gribble says:

      Dear Sparkles, you said “MRI is a bright and engaged younf man who has experienced discrimination few who condemn could understand. MRI should be applauded for his thoughtful protest.”

      Would you like to share his college transcripts and school work to demonstrate that?
      Did MRI save these hateful emails and voice mails to share with us?

      • Sparkles says:

        I’m quite certain the answer is irrelevant to you, but here you go.

        Awards and Honors received by Michael Rose-Ivey include:
        Academic All-Big Ten
        Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
        Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award
        Brook Berringer Citizenship Team

        And one story of discrimination MRI has publicly shared was going to a fraternity party as a Freshman student and being turned away at the door, because ni**ers weren’t allowed.

        I’d now like a reply from you Dale.
        Are you happy now?
        You got something else you’d like to share? Some other vague, unfounded, ill considered theory you’d like to float?

  6. Bob Loblaw says:

    Hal Daub is a senile old fossil. The new buzzword in politics these days is “optics”. Whether you agree or disagree with the players, or even whether you think they did this full well knowing there’d be some very negative things said about them, Daub and Ricketts should know better than to stir the hornets nest. The optics of two white rich politicians attacking a couple of scholarship black athletes who are protesting what they perceive as a biased law enforcement community is just a horrible look. Even if statistics show this idea of LE officers to be false, Daub did himself no favors by wading into this. The optics are TERRIBLE for him and he keeps on digging the hole deeper. He came across as cranky and confrontational on 1620 sports radio show this afternoon and he needs to just shut up and move on.

    • TexasAnnie says:

      Yeah but Daub can’t move on because he always has to have the last word, or every word, if you’re too timid to interrupt. Many years ago, as Mayor, he was my pen pal, sorta. Unlike most politicians once elected, you could count on Daub to respond to letters received! So I guess I understand Street Sweeper’s fondness for this “old fossil,” but still, SS is a tad “apologetic” in his defense of Daub.

      I never go to football games. Do people there really care about the national anthem?

      • Sparkles says:

        Great question.
        Teams are in the locker room during the anthem at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium/
        The next time the Huskers are in a game where players are on the field as it plays will be when they go to Ohio. to play Ohio State.
        Unlike in the NFL, where players are on the field for the anthem, the common practice in college football is for teams to be in their locker rooms. Just a handful of colleges send teams onto the field for the national anthem.


  7. Sparkles says:

    You should all listen to KFAB’s Chris Baker show.

    He interviewed Gerry DiNardo, current BTN analyst, former Notre Dame All American football player, head coach at Vanderbilt, LSU, and Indiana Univ. and DiNardo destroyed every right wing idiot talking point Chris Baker served up.
    DiNardo almost had to hang up on Baker, because Baker is such a remarkably offensive human being.

    It’s so f^&king embarrassing the image you people are presenting to the nation.

    “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

  8. Sparkles says:

    ‘Big Red Wrap Up’ just sided with Chris Dunker and the Lincoln Journal Star.
    They then called out Hal Daub for his “absolutely ridiculous statement” (kicking MRI off the team). A statement/Regent they referred to as “beyond the pale”; “irresponsible” and a “bizarre and troubling twist”.

    Can a Regent be impeached, or expelled?

  9. bynd says:

    You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Unknown

    A Black man should be more independent and depend on himself for his freedom and not to take it for granted that someone would lead him to it. The blacks are tired of standing at the touchlines to witness a game that they should be playing. They want to do things for themselves and all by themselves. Steven Biko

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