Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tea Party Express Comes to Omaha
Congressman Lee Terry spoke to the crowd for about 15 minutes telling them of the onerous regulations that Obama and team have put in place. He related several local incidents of OSHA gone wild, punishing firms and small businesses. Terry rightfully feels that the plethora of regulations is one of the major causes for the state of the economy today.
Next up on the candidate list was Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. If the attacks from Don Stenberg, the Omaha World-Herald and the Nelson/Johnson controlled Nebraska Democratic Party have had any impact on Bruning's popularity, it certainly wasn't evident from the strong response he received from the crowd which included everyone from young mothers to nuns. Like most of these events, though, the predominant hair color among the attendees was gray.
Bruning who is the only endorsed Nebraska candidate thus far by the Tea Party Express delivered a speech of about four minutes telling the crowd how he had sued the E.P.A. more than 20 times on behalf of Nebraskans and how he took leadership in the fight of twenty-six attorney generals across the country in an effort to overturn Obamacare.
Sharon Angle, the candidate that lost her bid to defeat Dirty Harry Reid was next up. She is traveling across the country with the Tea Party Express. She told folks how she was just a mother and housewife until a Nevada judge told her she couldn't home school her child after he failed first grade. The judge told her because she didn't live more than 50 miles from a school she had no choice to do so. That started her career in politics and her activism.
The event lasted two hours and folks came and went. Th only other U.S. Senate candidate present was Patrick Flynn (he apparently didn't care about the Bruning endorsement). Elected office holders were for the most part not visible although we did note the presence of Nebraska School Board member John Sieler. Oh, and of course, we were pleased to see that the Keystone Pipeline opponents found time to come out and make their presence known with a couple of signs. For some reason we didn't see Jane Kleeb who must still be in Washington, D.C. deciding as to whether she has enough nerve to be arrested in front of the White House as she watches other common citizens and Hollyweird stars shackled.
It was a successful event although not as well attended as some in the past, but it's not yet an election year. One could see this as the just the beginning of another boil.