For those keeping score, today the LJS’s Don Walton quotes a TIME Magazine story (remember when TIME was the source for in-depth news?) which essentially says Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is running for President in 2020.
Well, maybe 2020. Maybe 2024.
Sasse gives a long-winded non-denial denial about whether or not his plans for becoming President are still “on track”.
The author then concludes:
“That sounds like a yes to me.”
State Senator Bob Krist said recently that he’s thinking about challenging Governor Pete Ricketts in the 2018 Republican Primary.
When most astute observers saw this, their first reaction was, “Republican primary? Why would Krist run as a Republican?”
Krist’s voting record, and general relationships in Lincoln tilt toward the Democrats these days.
Well, Krist was NOT at Jean Stothert’s Mayoral Election Night party last Tuesday (like Dave Heineman, Pete Ricketts, Hal Daub, and you-name-it other Republicans were).
Krist WAS at Heath Mello’s party.
(See what I did there?)
Putting out fire with gasoline
A couple items I forgot to mention in Friday’s wrap column on the Omaha Mayor’s race:
As anyone who watched knows, the Fire Fighter’s Union was heavily involved in the race. They cut ads, took part in protests, knocked doors, made phone calls…
About those phone calls. The union was calling Republicans with a pro-Heath Mello message on Election Eve and Election Day. We heard from GOP households, with both spouses solid Republican voters, getting pro-Heath Mello calls.
Interesting, and a very dangerous, strategy. They chose to call people, who may not have otherwise gotten out to vote, to get up and vote…for Mayor Stothert. This is the, “boy, the opposition really is making an effort against her. I better go vote for her!”
Of course the other interesting strategy by the FF Union was running some of their ads until midnight on Election Night. (Psst! Polls closed at 8pm!)
Erin Grace wrote a column in the OWH, essentially bemoaning the 35% voter turnout in Tuesday’s Omaha election.
She pointed to the 75% turnout that France got in their Presidential election. Then again 68% turned out in Omaha for the Presidential race.
But the gist that she got from her very small sample size was, “I don’t know enough about the candidates to vote for either, so I didn’t.”
From a lofty standpoint, one can say, “Educate yourself, and do your sacred duty!”
Then again, it isn’t the worst way to go about things.
You DO sort of wonder how someone couldn’t have a strong feeling about how the city is run. Or how they missed at least the advertising, etc.
But if someone is truly not educated on the issues and candidates, isn’t it OK that they let those who are educated do the voting?
I’ve been known to skip the Weed Commissioner race, particularly where it is non-partisan, and let the weedies fight it amongst themselves on who would be better at the gig.
I’m sort of comfortable with that.
For those who “couldn’t find time”? Kind of a lame excuse these days. You can vote absentee. You can vote early. Maybe an expansion of the Vote Early locations wouldn’t be a bad thing. But that costs money, don’t forget.
The concept of a weekend vote is an interesting one, that maybe could/should be tried someplace for a study. I’m willing to bet people would find the same, if not more excuses.
I loved the OWH’s story with Democrat Party Chair Jane Kleeb’s, “Pay no attention to that Mayor’s race where we got clobbered, and where there was a major question of why we would want to keep promoting the far-left wing of the party! Forward! Forward!”
You bet she doesn’t want you to look at that. Because it was 100% HERS.
She is a Bernie-Bro through and through. And she was also one of the losing followers of anti-Semitic Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair.
But it is EXACTLY the time where local Democrats should be reconsidering their strategies going forward. That’s what you do at this time. You see what went right and what went wrong.
The rally? Great optics. Awesome crowd. Good location. Good TV. Questionable length of the entertainment portion…
But the message? The thing you actually want to project to voters?
The far-left is controlling the party.
Lots and lots and lots of platitudes.
No coherent message from the actual, you know, CANDIDATE.
But enough assisting the local Democrats…
Face of the Party
Speaking of the face of the local Democrats, here is what you have right now:
Betsy Riot and the screamers at the Town Halls.
When you turn on the news, those are who you see representing the Democrats.
And if Betsy Riot isn’t showing up at a function wearing freaky masks with signs that say “F**K” over and over, they’re threatening a Congressman’s family at his home.
ICYMI, here’s what “Betsy Riot” put in the lawn at Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s house:
Which is awesome, Democrats.
And then after Fortenberry very politely asked that protesters stay away from his family, the Betsy Rioters responded…
“You cowardly fuckfaces.”
(Scanning Nebraska Democrat Party Chair Jane Kleeb’s Twitter and Facebook pages, and NOPE, nothing disavowing this sign, or anything else about this group coming out of her party.)
Then there was the mob at Congressman Don Bacon’s town hall in Bennington. It’s good that people are going to them. And good that they’re asking him tough questions. They shouldn’t all be softballs, and Bacon doesn’t expect that.
But then the nut-jobs…er…concerned constituents…think that the BEST way to show that they’re really angry is to start chanting and yelling and disrupt the entire meeting.
Clearly they have no interest in hearing what the Congressman has to say. They are there to shout him down, and turn it into a campaign event. Because again, they are convinced that if enough people see and hear them yelling, voters will think, “Hey, those yelling people are awesome!”
You know, like the ones at the Bernie rally.
And the masked Betsy Rioters
The ruder the better.
This is who is running the show for the Democrats.
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