Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse’s appearance on “Real Time” with Bill Maher gave the Senator lots and lots of press Saturday night and Sunday — though maybe not what he was hoping for on the extended book tour.
I was channel surfing late, and came upon it live, but only after the eyebrow raising part. It’s probably worth noting that nothing was said about Maher’s “joke” anywhere later in the interview.
Which is notable only to the extent that no one was thinking about what would be THE topic of discussion later.
But a few things about Maher’s exclamation that he is a “house (n-word)”.
Sasse has done probably two dozen of these interviews pushing his new book — radio, TV, including Late Night with Seth Meyers. (Maybe leave aside for now the discussion of how he’s doing these instead of town halls.)
It is at least…surprising…that Sasse didn’t bring himself to challenge Bill Maher in the moment. Was he starstuck by Maher? Was he choking under the lights of the LIVE HBO audience? It’s not every day that someone uses the n-word in conversation, yells that it’s a joke, and then everyone around you laughs and cheers.
It is surprising.
But, in a live moment on stage, not everyone is perfect, or has time to say exactly what they’d like, right?
But 5 hours later (or something like that), Sasse DID take the opportunity to craft exactly what he wanted to say…on Twitter.
And in 4 Tweets, Sasse spelled out what he would have liked to say.
But he also took the opportunity to re-write what actually happened.
Well, as was highlighted on The Drudge Report, Sasse didn’t “just cringe”. (Which quote the OWH also got wrong in their story.)
He laughed along with Maher and what seemed to be the entire studio audience.
If there was a “cringe” it occurred while the camera was still on Maher (in the shot above), because when it came back to Sasse, he was in full big grin mode:
Call it a “nervous” smile if you want, but it’s certainly not “just cringing”. There’s no “good” in that image.
Here’s the whole shot:
Which is to say, if you’re going to “apologize” for what happened, it’s worth apologizing for what you did do, and not change the facts.
But again, maybe Sasse thought he was “just cringing” the whole time, or someone told him that, and he Tweeted it all without actually seeing the tape. It’s certainly possible.
But if that was the case, there has been no follow-up on the Twitter by Sasse — where he has instead dropped the issue.
But the last point is the reason Sasse was there in the first place. Beyond choosing to go on the liberal show of choice these days, Sasse is there pushing his book about “being an adult”.
And then he’s there giggling at the use of the n-word — not all that long after making pot jokes on Twitter. In the mean time he’s scolding about wearing shorts and dressing up for Halloween?
It’s worth noting that adults also admit their mistakes and apologize for them.
By the way Democrats who have jumped in to note Sasse’s “lack of awareness” at the time:
Bill Maher is YOUR guy, so you’d better be calling for his scalp as well.
But how about the studio audience there? Maher yells, “hey it’s a joke” and the audience of leftists — who cheered every time Maher sought to hammer Sasse — CHEERED for his n-word joke.
The next day Maher apologized for using the word, saying he shouldn’t have done it.
Wonder how all of those at the taping feel today.
Let’s be sure that the Dems also call for their public-shaming as well.
Who’s for Krist?
Governor Pete Ricketts re-election announcements in Omaha and Lincoln drew “protestors”, because of course. And now apparently they are protests in favor of someone else.
There was a Facebook “Event” set up to protest Ricketts…in favor of State Senator Bob Krist running for Governor.
There are some Democrats who feel that it would be awesome to have Krist run to soften Ricketts up in the primary, so the imaginary Democrat would have an easier time beating him in the fall.
But Democrat party peeps jumped into the discussion about Krist and went another direction. They (Jane?) think Krist should run on a new bipartisan tickets — a new PARTY — where people from both parties can join in.
Which at first glance looked like Jane Kleeb is abdicating her role as party chair to endorse a “Republican” (“wait, Krist is a Republican? hahahahaha!”).
But thinking about it, a Krist primary run really doesn’t do that much. Does anyone really think he could defeat Ricketts?
But a THIRD party, in the General Election, could in theory give a Democrat candidate just a bit more of a fighting chance, if he or she could split up the Republican vote.
It is an interesting theory — and makes the Dems’ sudden support of Krist a little more sensible for them in a long-run strategy.
PRINTED shirts, mind you
And hey there’s the Betsy Riot folks at the Ricketts announcement, dressing up in their “Fuck Ricketts” shirts!
And others pointed out that these protestors were screaming 4-letter words at the people walking in, and at their kids.
That’s great Democrats. You should be proud.
These are YOUR people.
If you actually condemn this, how about doing something about it?
And finally there is Brad Ashford.
You thought he couldn’t flip-flop on more issues, right?
He flipped on ObamaCare (fought it, then endorsed it).
He flipped on Guantanamo (wanted it closed, then kept open).
Heck, he supported Jeb Bush for President, before choosing Hillary…or something.
Ashford was a supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline for years.
But just the other day, he Tweeted out his opposition, because something about a different route or some such excuse.
The reality is that Ashford saw the writing on the wall, what with a lefty primary opponent already, and knew that he’d have to “adjust” to fit the prevailing party winds. He already did that with the Omaha streetcar group — when it looked like that position looked less popular.
That’s Ashford’s M-O. He’s a finger-in-the-wind kind of guy, and one of the reasons that he didn’t get re-hired last year.
Now we wait to see if Heath Mello changes his strong support for the Keystone XL Pipeline to something more in line with the lefties in the Democrat party.
Then again, if he can change his position from pro-life to pro-abortion in a day’s time, what’s little pipeline to stand in the way of ambition?