The day-after take on the Veep debate last night seems to be…whatever your media outlet of choice wants it to be.
For instance CNN had themselves a focus group which they queried after the debate. That focus group was in …Richmond, Virginia.
Oh, did you note that Democrat VP candidate Tim Kaine is a Senator from Virginia?
And was Governor of Virginia?
And was Mayor of Richmond?
While we’re at it, why don’t we ask the Richmond focus group who they favor when the Richmond Spiders play Texas Tech in December. Those would be some interesting hot-takes!
While the calm and sober Mike Pence is generally seen as the victor, some say that he went too soft on Hillary, and should have been more of an attack-dog like Tim Kaine. Apparently the Hillary-team talking point was that Pence showed he’s running for President in 2020.
But another way to look at it is that Pence did exactly what the Trump camp needed: a view of a team that can be calm and collected when it wants to be. There is an outlook that “undecideds” want to have confidence that Donald Trump isn’t an out-of-control maniac, and that Pence demeanor is exactly what was ordered.
Now the #NeverTrump crowd is also crowing that Mike Pence is perfect because he can sell the conservative message and sells it in a calm, sensible package.
Which means that this year he is perfect…for #2. For all the pundits who keeps clamoring, “if we had just nominated Candidate X in the GOP primary, we’d be KILLING Hillary!”, it is as if they missed the entire primary season.
Yes, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker were great, conservative Governors. But they were also a couple of the first to drop out. Part of the mentality of the GOP electorate was/is, “You’ve fooled us too many times with the milquetoast candidates and we’re not going to take it anymore!” So, yes, they’re burning down the house, in many ways, with Trump. And they know it’s a risk. But it is one that they’re willing to take.
And that IS a big part of the election. Are things bad enough in the U.S. and the world that we need the radical change that Trump seems to offer — even with all of his flaws? Or are things just fine, and we should stick with life-long government employee Hillary Clinton — with her massive amount of flaws?
No matter who wins, there is a chance the GOP could swing back the other way and run with a Mike Pence type — or Pence himself. That would be standard strategy of the party.
But not this year.
Bye Week Summit
Well, with a Bye-Week, you thought the anthem-kneeling controversy would die down. But no!
The McMansion summit between Michael Rose-Ivey and Pete Ricketts is forthcoming and will likely be covered by the unencumbered Nebraska media like a Husker Spring Game.
So in the lead-up, Governor Ricketts has issued a new statement about what he thinks of the protest.
Here it is, in full:
From Presidential debates to football fields, America is having a discussion about injustice. We are an imperfect country. There is no doubt America has a checkered history with how we have treated individuals of various races and ethnicities. And there is no doubt social injustice and bigotry still exist.
However, America is a nation founded on high ideals which are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The notion that our flag represents the imperfections of a flawed country rather than the high ideals of equality and liberty is misguided.
I am encouraged to see young people expressing their opinions on the issues facing our nation and exercising their First Amendment rights. While I respect their right to protest, by choosing not to stand during our national anthem they caused pain to the families of veterans who fought and died to ensure they enjoy that right.
In our 240-year history, America has defended our freedoms and maintained the ideal that “all men are created equal.” Our flag represents equality and liberty, not bigotry and injustice. More importantly, it represents the supreme sacrifice of countless Americans who gave their lives to defend those ideals.
As a private citizen and now as Nebraska’s Governor, I have participated in honor flights for combat veterans who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. This summer when I attended an event with the wives of Vietnam Combat Veterans, I acknowledged that many of their husbands didn’t experience the appreciation they deserved for fighting for our country. I expressed our collective debt of gratitude to those who dedicate themselves to military service.
I regularly express our collective debt of gratitude at send-off ceremonies for the Nebraska National Guard where our troops are being deployed overseas. For many of them, it is not their first deployment.
Our troops go around the world under the banner of the American Flag to protect our freedoms and relieve suffering and oppression. For this reason, I believe that just because the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to protest our flag, it doesn’t mean they ought to do so.
In 1799 in his last public speech before his death Patrick Henry said, “Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”
In this spirit, I suggest that there is an opportunity for us to stand together against injustice and bigotry in a manner that doesn’t divide us, and doesn’t dishonor the sacrifices of others.
Some in the media, it seems, are already taking issue with concept of, “The notion that our flag represents the imperfections of a flawed country rather than the high ideals of equality and liberty is misguided.”
It is “an interesting take”, in the sense that some would say that the flag “represents EVERYTHING about America, warts and all.” Others — as Ricketts does here — would argue that the flag represents the highest standards that America is based upon.
It’s probably a loaded statement, either way.
There is a perfectly good argument that it is both. But, let’s face it, the flag is not the point of the players’ protest. Rose-Ivey in particular has said that he is kneeling to raise awareness of police shootings of black Americans.
He has said he loves his country, will respect its laws…and everything else in the Little League Pledge.
But it isn’t clear that Rose-Ivey has suggested that the flag “represents the imperfections of a flawed country“. It is more like, “Doing this will REALLY get a rise out of everyone, and then they’ll ask why I’m doing it, and then I’ll get their attention for the issue that I’m concerned about!”
Which gets back to the “point” being made. Rose-Ivey and his fellow players have gotten our attention. And they’ve told us what it is they’re concerned about.
But there has been a genuine lack of proposals for remedying the injustices that they see — and are asking everyone to look at.
We’re looking. Now what?
Leavenworth St. has been alerted by a citizen with a phone that there is POLLING going on in the 2nd District.
Hopefully you will be alerted soon with new info on who’s thinking what.
You will be kept abreast of the situation.
How else can you stay updated on the talk of Nebraska politics?