Laughable — Don Bacon Claims To Be Running On Bi-Partisanship And Civility

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George W. Bush kissed Joe Lieberman after the 2005 State of the Union Address.

Don Bacon claims to be running on bi-partisanship and civility. It’s hard to run for re-election on those themes when you vote with Trump 94% of the time and distort Kara Eastman’s platform. Bacon thinks we are all stupid and is playing the voters for chumps. Let’s take a look at the record, shall we?

In 2017, Don Bacon’s party bosses in the Congress used scorched earth tactics in an unsuccessful attempt to repeal Obama Care and to pass the failed 2017 tax cuts. In both instances, the bills were drafted behind closed doors by GOP party bosses and lobbyists. No Democrats were allowed to participate. The GOP then used the budget reconciliation rules they condemned during the Obama Administration to pass the bills on a straight party line vote.

Bacon voted for both the failed attempt to kick 20 million Americans off insurance and the $2 trillion deficit funded tax cuts for the rich. In the case of both bills, Bacon signed off on these brutally partisan tactics and didn’t criticize the norm breaking process. It’s hard to be “bi-partisan” when you are complicit to this outrageous abuse of power.

Bacon’s latest attempt to prove his non-existent “bi-partisan” bona fides is to trot out an endorsement from former Senator Joe Lieberman. The former Connecticut Senator has held a pretty low profile for years and it is doubtful he is even a Democrat anymore.

In 2006, Lieberman ran as the de facto GOP nominee for Senate and in 2008, he endorsed the McCain-Palin ticket. Despite the fact the former Connecticut Senator wanted Palin to be one heartbeat away from the presidency, he harshly attacked Obama as “naive” and “untested.” Since he left the Senate in 2013, Lieberman has been a regular commentator on Fox News.

Perhaps the low light of Lieberman’s career was his ardent support for the Iraq war during the Bush Administration. George W. Bush was so grateful for Lieberman’s support that he kissed him after the 2005 State of the Union Address. Lieberman’s blind support for Bush’s failed Iraq war policies clearly demonstrate his lack of good judgment.

I say let’s take a little trip down memory lane on the Iraq war. We need to do this because Bacon’s propaganda depends upon voter amnesia. We can’t count on the local press to set the record straight.

The Bush Administration’s strategy to market the war to the American people in 2002–03 was deeply dishonest. Bush’s apologists have contended that the U.S. intelligence agencies simply made a series of honest mistakes. The reality is that according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report in 2008: “The Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent.”

Unfortunately, the Iraq War turned out to be one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in U.S. history. This war ground on for over eight years and according to Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, will eventually cost U.S. taxpayers $3 trillion. Sadly, 4,424 American heroes died in this conflict and an additional 250,000 Iraqi civilians perished.

The tragic failure of the Iraq war tells you everything you need to know about Bacon and Lieberman’s poor judgment. Why should we trust them with national security decisions after this disastrous failure? Re-electing Bacon would be like bringing back Shaun Eichorst and Mike Riley to run the Nebraska football program.

Nebraska CD02 is one of the most important Congressional races in the country. I would urge everybody to assist Kara Eastman’s campaign. She would make an excellent member of Congress. Now let’s get it done!

I’m a trial lawyer, a Democratic activist and a sports fan.

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