The ugly ballad of hatred in the Nebraska Democrat party is hopefully coming to an end.
But coupled upon (former) Nebraska Democrat Party Technology Chair, Phil Montag’s story, is how it all occurred in the first place.
According to the OWH’s interview with Montag…
In an interview Thursday, Montag said that he had gone to see Gentry-Tipton to console her during the fallout over her posts and party leaders’ response but that she and Madison were trying to use the recording to blackmail him into posting a public statement of support for her.
What. The. Hell.
So Montag went to Gentry-Tipton’s house to show his support, only to be ambushed and set up for blackmail?
The crazy thing is, based upon the course of events it’s not that absurd of an accusation. Why else was Destin Madison recording the conversation with someone who was reportedly there to “console” her. Or maybe Madison and Gentry-Tipton were familiar with Montag’s exploits and were “ready for anything”.
What’s clear is that they got their revenge on Jane Kleeb’s appointed guy, and brought the whole thing to another level with Montag’s cooperation.
Democrats would be wise to get the NDP to state exactly what it is they all believe in, and if they don’t, to get out.
Take me to the river
We skipped over the relatively shocking statements by Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Kaufmann calling out Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse at the President Trump rally in Cedar Rapids.
Kind of out of the blue, while warming up the crowd, Kauffmann exclaimed:
“We had Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, he crosses the Missouri River, and in that sanctimonious tone talks about what he doesn’t like about Donald Trump,” Kaufmann said. “You know what, Senator Sasse? I really don’t care what you like. We love Donald Trump. And if you don’t love him, I suggest you stay on your side of the Missouri River.”
And then he followed up with a reporter:
“He’s an arrogant academic,” Kaufmann said of Sasse, a former college president. “He’s sanctimonious. His statements are geared toward what can help him. He’s arrogant. And he’s not a team player, when in reality the only reason he’s got any clout at all in the Senate is because the Republican Party has the majority.”
Kaufmann paused, then added: “The most important thing to Ben Sasse is Ben Sasse.”
How do you really feel Steve?
The setting was a little strange, then again, the sentiments aren’t unusual among many Republicans. Sasse has been a thorn in Trump’s side since early last year, and hasn’t let up much since.
Sasse took the position around the 2016 Nebraska Republican Party convention where he stuck to wanting a third-party candidate to take on Trump and Hillary Clinton — and many in the party haven’t forgotten. Kaufmann is the type of Republican elephant who never forgets.
And then Sasse has brought this to a head just a bit, with his forray into Iowa to address Republicans in a gathering in a few weeks. He will likely find plenty of his supporters there.
But a trip to Iowa has a special significance in American politics, same as a trip to New Hampshire. It means you’re interested in being President, or at least talking Presidential politics, with a slant to your own candidacy.
By making such a trip amid his general distain for the President’s positions and politics generally, and just coming off his long book tour, Sasse invites speculation, criticism, discussion, and all the other things that he is apparently hoping to stoke.
And he knows it.
What he probably wasn’t expecting was this shot across the bow from Kaufmann. Then again, all promotion is good promotion, right?
Sasse likes to spark discussions, and this will likely provide kindling for his next trip.
The Cook Political Report dove right in on the Nebraska 2nd District race.
They have declared the 2018 race for the seat Congressman Don Bacon holds as a “Toss Up”.
Not sure who Cook convened with to arrive at this conclusion, but I guess they’re allowed their opinions.