I looked for and finally found the transcript of the conference phone call Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had with constituents in which he went on for more than 9 minutes criticizing President Trump. There should not be any doubt that Senator Sasse expected, and wanted, his comments to be "leaked" to the media. I also think there is little doubt Sasse had this answer scripted out in advance. Sasse is betting Trump loses in a landslide and the future of the GOP will rest with those who spoke out against Trump and Trumpism before the election.
FYI, I have emboldened some of the more pertinent sections.
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- A few days ago, Politico published a story "How Anti-Mask Policies Are Scrambling the Governor's Race." The article suggested that many Republicans voting for President Trump's re-election will be supporting the Libertarian Donald Rainwater because they are upset over Governor Eric Holcomb's mask and business closure mandates. Ridiculous. I'm no fan of Governor Holcomb but his actions during the pandemic have made him much more popular than he otherwise would have been. Governor Holcomb will run far ahead of President Trump in Indiana. Holcomb's win here will be 20 points plus. Trump's might not hit double digits.
- Last weekend, I was in Kansas and was able to see a portion of the air war between Democrat Dr. Barbara Bollier and Republican Congressman Robert Marshall, both competing for an open Senate seat. Bollier dominated the air waves. Great message about bi-partisanship, but she was a bit shaky when addressing the camera. Right now, Marshall has a lead, but it's just low single digits. According to FiveThirtyEight, Bollier has a 28% chance of winning the election. Meanwhile, Biden has a 7% chance of winning Kansas.
- For the record, FiveThirtyEight projects that Biden has a 6% chance of winning Indiana.
- On our return to Indiana, I had to drive to U.S. 40 because of a huge backup on I-70. I reviewed the yard sign situation as we drove from outside of Terre Haute to Indianapolis. I saw a lot of Trump signs in the rural areas but those signs disappeared when we got to the more populated portion of Hendricks County.
- On Sunday, I got my first traffic ticket in about 20 years driving through Illinois. I was just keeping up with traffic at 75 miles per hour on the interstate which had a posted 70 mph limit. Turns even though no one is working on the highway and no lanes are blocked off, Illinois can create "construction zones" by putting a few orange barrels along side the road, which then lowers the speed limit to 55. While every driver could have been pulled over for speeding through that stretch, I was the one who received the honor. I've learned from experience though that the argument, "yes, judge I broke the law but so did everyone else" does not work.
- For the record, unlike Illinois, Indiana uses flashing lights, powered by solar energy, to mark construction zones. When no work is going on, they turn off the lights. Hoosier wisdom.
- As I write this, President Trump is attacking Dr. Fauci, calling him stupid and saying that Joe Biden will listen to Fauci. Can we please dispense with the nonsense that Trump is smart?