The Democrats had a nice turnout at their Bernie Sanders socialism rally yesterday!
And along the way, they even took 5 minutes out of their three-and-half-loooong-hours event to allow Heath Mello to speak.
Wait a minute (you yelp) that was a Heath Mello rally they invited Bernie to!
Didja WATCH it?
The majority of the day went by where Heath Mello was first un-endorsed by the Dem’s favorite blog, The Daily Kos. Then he was in the middle of the fray between Bernie and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) President about how anti-choice Mello is.
THEN Mello decided to turn his back on his Pro-Life backers and exclaim to the Huffington Post that he wasn’t THAT Pro-Life, and wouldn’t do anything to stop abortions if elected mayor.
After ALL that, here’s what Nebraska Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb allowed Mello to do:
Introduce an anti-Semite Congressman from Minnesota.
(Hey, don’t look to me for definitions. The Anti-Defamation League said that Congressman Keith Ellison’s anti-Jewish and anti-Israel statements disqualified him from leading the National Democrat party. And uber-liberal law Prof. Alan Dershowitz threatened to leave the Democrat party if Ellison were it’s leader.)
So Mello got up, and on the biggest (literally) stage, in front of the biggest crowd of his political life…and he dumped out a dozen banalities from his closing debate statements.
Uh huh. Yeah.
Clap-clap-clap-clap. Now move it so we can hear Bernie promise us free stuff!!!
And after the indie-cover bands were done, Bernie got up and proclaimed about how horrible rich people are. (You know, like Warren Buffett, Walter Scott & Mike Yanney.)
Then he said how awful ObamaCare is.
(Well, he railed against the health care system, so I just assume he meant ObamaCare.)
And he went on and on for half an hour and laid it on thick about all the awesome ideas he has that America should do right now. (Hmm. How’s that Senate record of his on getting legislation passed?)
Of course no one ever follows up on Bernie’s socialist (his word) ideas. You know, about how he said that the American dream can now be found in places like Venezuela. (Just avoid the government takeovers and the flying Molotov cocktails.)
Because this was just another revival meeting going town to town under a big tent (or the, shudder, latest corporate sponsored arena). Sanders has been going across the country over the past few weeks doing these. This wasn’t some special trip for Heath Mello that he made from his bunker in Vermont.
Which is why, when called, his Washington Senate office told me that Sanders WASN’T campaigning for Heath Mello and WASN’T endorsing Heath Mello. I’m sure if someone splits hairs, they could freely argue either way.
But what WAS clear was that Bernie wasn’t there for Heath.
Bernie was there for Bernie.
And if the local Democrats insisted that Mello introduce the guy who was actually introducing Bernie, well fine then. And Bernie could even mention his name 2 or 3 times in his 35 minute speech. Huzzah, and all that.
But don’t let Mello in center-stage with Bernie during the final kumbaya moment with the acoustic guitar!
Or was that Heath trying to avoid Bernie?
Seeing as Heath doesn’t know whether he’s Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, Pro-Streetcar or Anti-Streetcar, Pro-Voting or Anti-Voting, Pro-Restaurant Tax or Anti-Restaurant Tax, it’s probably too much for him to actually, you know, take a photo with the guy.
Quick, search the newspaper, TV or radio and find a photo of Mello and Sanders standing next to each other.
Like the Daily Kos, local Democrats can decide if EITHER version of Heath Mello is actually worth their time.
Picture this wacky scene on the new MSNBC sitcom, “The Ashfords!“:
Brad and Ann Ashford are sitting in their living room each reading the paper. (A close-up reveal shows that they’re BOTH reading their own copy of the editorial page! Cue laugh-track!)
Then the phone rings.
A close-up on the caller ID shows that its the Democrat National Committee.
They both shoot each other a furtive glance. Pause. Then each goes diving for the phone, yelling, “It’s for me!”
(Cue uproarious laugh-track!)
That is what The Hill is reporting, Nebraska Second Districters.
Brad told the news site:
“One of us is running. And that you can take to the bank.”
So WHY do the Ashfords think new Congressman, Retired Air Force General Don Bacon should be replaced? Well they don’t get into that, but don’t you nevermind. They WANT to win.
What do others think?
Heck, even Paul Landow, Democrat Mayor Mike Fahey’s Chief of Staff, doesn’t think the Ashfords have much of a chance of beating Bacon. He notes that “on a good day, it’s going to be really hard for a Democrat to win the seat.”
And that’s assuming that an Ashford even gets the nomination.
One would think with all the Democratness from last night (hmm, Brad wasn’t on that stage, was he) Jane Kleeb would like a True Believer to be the nominee. (A few more names are still tossed about.)
Well, all that being said, Which Ashford will run?
Find out NEXT week on another episode of, “The Ashfords!”
As long as we’re still local let’s look at just a few more topics that people are actually concerned about in the Omaha Mayor’s race.
For instance, ever since the MECA board was forced to open up their meetings, transparency in government has become a more important issue to voters.
Heath Mello claimed he was the guy to get an online checkbook for the city of Omaha!
Then Mayor Jean Stothert noted that this was a city project since 2015, and it’s online now.
Heath Mello yelped, Hey how about that project at the old Civic Auditorium site? Where’s the vision on THAT? Huh! Huh!
And Mayor Stothert unveiled the new project for the Civic that, again, was in the works for quite some time (architects don’t tend to rush that stuff).
Well, how about them roads! Where’s the construction! Heh? Here, I am standing next to a pothole! What about this here pothole!
And today, Mayor Stothert showed the plan for the $10 million budgeted last year for road repair. (As it turns out, you can’t do major road repair in the middle of winter.)
And that’s where we are folks.
(And if being pro or anti-streetcar is your thing, Mello still won’t commit to a public vote on the issue. Apparently he thinks you don’t know about the “Play” button next to the “Pause” one he claimed to push.)
Yeah, yeah, too much Omaha politics stuff for you.
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