Some action this Monday morning…
The OWH has issued their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President. They bend over backwards to point out that while this is the first Democrat they’ve endorsed since FDR (the didn’t endorse in Johnson v. Goldwater — apparently at Johnson’s behest) it has NOTHING to do with Warren Buffett.
As you may know, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway own’s the OWH. And of course you know, Buffett not only endorses Hillary, but their relationship goes back much farther than his stumping for her at North High this summer.
I’ve told before how my then fiancee and I went into Borsheims one evening back in 2000, to check on our wedding registry. As we walked through the doors, just before closing, I noticed the bemuscled dudes at the door with tubes coming out of their ears. Then upon entering, we noticed the fully-staffed store, and only two customers there (other than my future wife and me) : Hillary Clinton and Warren Buffett.
They later went up to a private fundraiser in Regency. But if there was any doubt as to whom Warren had close ties to, that was my personal signal.
So the OWH’s Terry Kroeger wrote up an extra message with the editorial that said, OH, Warren had NOTHING to do with this endorsement! Why, he NEVER says anything to us! He tells us to be INDEPENDENT!
And no one should have any reason to think that Buffett tries to strong arm the OWH’s editorial staff.
He’s smarter than that.
But to insist that there is NO influence from Buffett is silliness on wheels.
Here is the OWH’s boss’s closest political ally at the door of the White House.
Here is the boss personally stumping for his candidate in his home town.
Here is the boss offering to personally drive voters to the polls in Omaha for his candidate.
Think of the embarrassment if the hometown newspaper, which Buffett used to deliver as a paperboy, which he now OWNS, which has a running column called “Warren Watch“, did not endorse the candidate whom he could not have been tighter with for at least the past 15-20 years.
And here’s the thing: their endorsement wasn’t anything special. It was what every Democrat on TV, pretty much every media source (but I repeat myself) has been saying for the past six to nine months. It wasn’t as if they came up with some new line of attack on Donald Trump.
So better if Terry Kroeger simply wrote up the little endorsement, and leave out the, “oh, my we could never be influenced by our boss, the richest man in America, who is also a close personal friend of Hillary! Never!”
That’s why you have the funny pages.
Stothert for Bacon
Speaking of endorsements, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert endorsed General Don Bacon for Congress this morning:
“I am proud to endorse Don Bacon for the United States Congress. As an Air Force General, Don has the national security expertise that is needed during a time when this country faces threats from every corner of the globe.
I am confident that when Don is elected, he will tackle Washington’s out of control government spending and fight to reduce taxes so that Nebraskans can keep more of their hard earned money. General Bacon was a strong leader in the military and I have no doubt he will be a strong leader in Congress.”
And Bacon responded…
“I’ve studied leadership my whole adult life, and worked with many superb leaders during my three decades in the Air Force. Jean Stothert leads with character, strong vision, and a tremendous work ethic. Omaha is the best place to live in our nation and she continues to make it even better.”
Stothert’s endorsement comes after a weekend of more and more outlets claiming that the election for President is over, and that Hillary has already won.
As that is happening, others are looking at the Congressional map and coming to another conclusion:
If the media is going to start talking about “landslides”, they better start talking about the effects of one in this unusual year…