Democrat candidate for Congress, Brad Ashford was on the 1290 KOIL Matt Tompkins Show yesterday.
And he mumbled out this doozy:
I know this. What I DO know is that…as we’ve talked about on the show before is that our (campaign) emails were hacked in July and August of last year.
And we also know we were micro-targeted like some of the other races around the country by a few groups that may or may not have had access to Russian information.
I don’t know what impact that had on the election.
(At about the 32:00 mark of the show, if you want to listen…)
What. The. Hell?????
OK, Brad, if YOU’RE bringing it up, what exactly are you saying???
Are you suggesting that…what? That there was some sort of Russian micro-targeting that led to 2nd District voters choosing Don Bacon over you?
Was there something that came out from this “hacking” that turned the tables?
Enquiring minds want to know what in the hell you’re talking about!
Krist-mas in July
Well, State Senator Bob Krist has made if pseudo-official and declared himself a non-Republican.
Krist tells WOWT that he may challenge Governor Ricketts and…
He says he’s leaving the Republican Party and will now be an Independent politician.
Well the Nebraska GOP’s ED, Kenny Zoeller, jumped to it and noted a few things about “Flip-Floppin’ Bob Krist”:
On July 13th, Senator Krist went back on a previous statement and switched political parties despite stating the following just two months ago:
“It has been suggested that I should run as an independent,” Krist said during an interview, thereby avoiding a direct GOP primary confrontation with Ricketts.
“But I am what I am,” Krist said. “I’m a Republican and I’m a centrist. I am not going to change my coat.”
This should come to no surprise to anyone as Senator Krist has a long history of saying one thing and doing another:
- Flip: “I think it’s time for property tax relief in this state,” Sen. Krist on May 10th, 2017
- Flop: Introduces a bill to increase property taxes by $448 million over the next two years.
- Flip: Promises to support reducing the cloture rule to 30 votes.
- Flop: Votes against the rule change.
- Flip: “No matter the subject, no matter the hour, no matter the length, I was here to serve.” Sen. Krist referring to his commitment as Exec Chair and being present as a senator.
- Flop: Misses the first motioned vote of the session later that day.
- Flip: Senator Krist giving his word to vote for LB10 in 2016.
- Flop: Votes against the bill on Final Reading.
Psst! And THIS way, Krist won’t have to run in a Primary against anyone!
Looks like Jane and the Dems got their deal.
Now all they have to do is convince the ghost of Frank Morrison to run again…
Sasse über alles
Slate.com (weren’t they supposed to be a “magazine”?) put out a lengthy article about Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse yesterday.
The folks on the Twitters were a little abuzz, noting the general regret about Senator Sasse. The gist?
The headline sums it up, for them:
The Wasted Mind of Ben Sasse: The Nebraska senator has urgent, persuasive ideas for saving American politics. Why won’t he act on them?
And all the Twitter-guys go…Yeah Slate! Exactly.
Though most for different reasons.
Some who have/had hope in Sasse, note that the guy who was supposed to be the “Obamacare Nemesis” has been anything but. One expected that he would be leading the charge, throwing around proposals, arguing the finer points of health care and insurance on FOX and MSNBC in back-to-back appearances.
Instead, his boldest proposal has been, “Let’s do this…later!”
Which was all between book-tour appearances.
But there are others — from a leftier side of things — who also are “disappointed” in Sasse. And this is the side that Slate comes from:
See, they saw the Ivy League educated young Senator who has been busting Donald Trump’s balls since he made his way down the escalator…yet he still votes with the Republicans?
Sure the writer, Ben Mathis-Lilley, wants you to at-first believe that he doesn’t expect Sasse to vote like a Democrat…
What is most maddening about Sasse is not his party fealty per se—I’m not expecting a Republican senator to support left-wing policies; that’s not the standard we should hold him to—but the way he has outlined the basis for a path he has yet to take himself.
Riiiiiight. He’s not holding Sasse to a Democrat standard at all!
Oh wait. Yes he is:
But at the same time, Sasse’s Senate votes have so far aligned with Trump’s wishes 95 percent of the time, the same level of support that Trump has gotten from right-wing ideologues like Ted Cruz and party loyalists like Chuck Grassley.
And just so we can clearly nail down his real beef with Sasse, it’s right here:
At some point Sasse will have to actually interrupt Bill Maher; he’ll have to actually run against Donald Trump instead of suggesting that it would be nice if someone else did; he’ll have to challenge his own president not just by tweeting but by putting a hold on an executive-branch nominee until the Judiciary Committee, of which he’s a member, agrees to hearings on Trump’s obstruction of the FBI’s Russia investigation; he’ll have to refuse to vote for a motion to proceed on the health care bill until it gets a public hearing. It will be hard work, and he will get a lot of blowback from his own party and its dogmatic activists.
It’s comical really.
Here’s the deal: If Sasse hadn’t been the stone in Trump’s shoe, this article would NEVER have been written. Instead, they see Sasse as one of them: “He’s an East-coaster dressed up as a Nebraska yokel. He’s just fooling them! When will he come out and vote the way we want him to?!”
Of course if Sasse wants to prove himself among conservatives, he’ll also have to come up with a few more bold ideas that he can actually shepherd through the swamp. And of course he may have to cooperate with The
Donald President in order to accomplish that.
The TED talks only get you so far.