That was a wild two days.
An ecstatic super-early morning for Trump fans, and then a late-morning victory for Don Bacon.
No one said it was going to be easy defeating an incumbent Congressman, but Don Bacon was sincerely the right person for the job. A complete outsider, in a race that mimicked the Presidential race on that point. Ashford had been in office about as long as Hillary had, and he also had a dearth of ingrained, hard-core Democrat support, much like Hillary’s campaign.
I always think back to overhearing two Dem politicos sitting at a table in Omaha last year, one saying to the other, “Ashford isn’t REALLY one of us.”
And Ashford tried to play that to the hilt. And it got him very, very close.
But this year it wasn’t close enough.
And maybe it doesn’t always come through on TV or in commercials, but Don Bacon is a really, really, REALLY nice guy. Like Mike Riley-nice. But he’s a General, so it’s not as if he can ever be seen as pushover-nice.
But he’s the kind of perfect guy to represent Nebraska. And I have no doubt that citizens will be proud of him and the work he does.
And the Trumpster? Er…President-Elect The Donald?
Look Republicans, have a little sympathy for your Democrat brethren who are going through many stages of grief right now. I know my Facebook timeline — which is filled with actual friends — has many Democrats who are calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. And for the Electoral College to ignore the results. And to march in the streets. Lots of stuff about yoga…that I don’t really follow.
Point is, it’s always good to have friends with different perspectives. And it’s also the best to have friends with whom you can disagree on politics, and still have a great relationship. So give those friends and family and colleagues some breathing room over the next few days to sort out their own thoughts.
And touchdown dances are not necessary.
Act like you’ve been there before.
Someone tell them you do this BEFORE the election…
Now that being said, I get Facebook.
But the people in the streets? Breathlessly screaming “Not my President!” or, one of the nicer signs of the weekend, “Tuck Frump!”
And I’ll just throw this one out, but the “protest” in Omaha invited people to come down …and create their own signs there! Plenty of white board and giant Sharpies!
And all I’m saying…is that SOMEONE had to pay for that stuff. Yes, the angry mob still has to show. But I won’t be surprised to hear that deep-pocketed instigators paid for the torches and pitchforks.
And as many have stated on the Twitter, they’re protesting…what exactly?
Interesting results from across the state.
Tom Brewer wins out west over Al Davis.
Judiciary Chair Les Seiler loses in Hastings.
Mike Hilgers wins in Lincoln.
Tommy Garrett loses in Bellevue.
Ian Swanson, after a primary win, comes up short in West O.
(And unless he bangs his head too hard on a low entry door frame, Swanson is young enough that we have not seen the last of him)
Some of the Ricketts support was successful, but not everywhere.
And the Death Penalty repeal gets…repealed.
Back to the nitty-gritty in Lincoln.
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And lest we get campaigning out of our systems, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert will make her formal re-election announcement on Monday evening at the Scott Conference Center, just north of Aksarben Village.
Too soon for another election?
Well, outgoing Democrat State Senator Heath Mello has already announced (and gets lots of kudos from those who were waving swear-word signs in the Old Market last night).
And the Mayor had actually planned to announce a month or so ago, before her dog-walking injury briefly sidelined her. But she’s back and healthy, and ready to talk about what she’s done and what she hopes to do for Omaha going forward.
(And campaigners know, you really can’t wait any longer for an election that’s just 5 and 6 months away.)
Should be an exciting campaign for this coming off-year.
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…
And as teased on Monday, I personally have some news for you.
But…it’s going to wait until tomorrow — Friday.
And I think you may find it interesting.
Ya’ll come on back now, ya hear!