Comments and opinions continue to flood in over this question on whether to vote for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NeverTrump) in November or exercise the “None of the Above” option (or vote for a third-party candidate).
Absolutely amazing that Heller has put himself in this position…but I guess that’s what you get when you try to be all things to all people.
Before sharing with you some additional comments I’ve received over the weekend, I want to address the point many people are making that a vote for “None of the Above” is a vote for the Democrat candidate in the race, Wacky Jacky Rosen.
Here’s the point: In the 2016 presidential election, Heller said “I have no intentions of voting for him (Trump),” adding that “This is the only state that gives you a third option, and that’s ‘None of the Above.’”
So riddle me this, Batman: If voting for “None of the Above” is a vote for Rosen, wasn’t Heller’s “None of the Above” vote a vote for Hillary Clinton – who, by the way, ended up winning Nevada and almost the presidency?
And does anyone in their wildest dreams think Wacky Jacky is anywhere near the threat to our republic as Crooked Hillary was – especially considering the two Supreme Court seats she would have filled?
Sorry, but Deaniacs can’t have it both ways. If “None of the Above” was good enough for the Heller goose, it’s good enough for the conservative gander.
Yeah, yeah…I know. Heller claimed eight months later – after Danny Tarkanian announced he was running against him – that he voted for Trump after all. And if you believe that one, I have a Nigerian gold mine you might want to invest in.
Now, on to the email bag…
- “My PERSONAL feeling is do all we can to get Heller in. I have had a ton of communication with Wacky Jacky and believe me, she is a younger version of Pelosi! None of the above is a vote for her! I don’t like Heller, either, but, he won’t turn us into a sanctuary state with illegals up our ass!” – AJ
- “I’m with Trump but I was furious at Heller and Sandoval when they pulled their stunt right before the election. I can’t tolerate democrats but still don’t know if I’ll vote for Heller. I don’t trust him to not stab us in the back.” – Donald
- “Back in the ‘60s, Bill Buckley recommended voting for the most conservative candidate who can win. Of the names on the ballot for his senate seat this cycle, that looks like Heller to me. … I’m voting for Dancin’ Dean, and I won’t even hold my nose.” – Duncan
- “If it appears we will at least retain our senate majority I will not vote for Heller. … It is important that a message be sent now to those Republicans who have not supported the Trump agenda that they need to support Trump or they will be toast in the 2020 election. By defeating Heller the message will be sent. If elected I see Heller as another Jeff Flake or John McCain. He cannot be trusted.” – Jeff
- “Seems to me not voting for Heller is a bit short sighted.” – Dale
- “I have to tell you we (my wife and I) can’t vote for Heller. He’s 100% RINO in our book and has absolutely no redeeming qualities. We can’t/won’t reward RINOs masquerading as Republicans just to get the vote. We don’t know what we will do yet, but we sure as hell are not going to give our votes to that pile of crap Heller.” – Gerry
- “Heller’s actions in 2016 alone cost Joe Heck and Crescent Hardy their elections along with Danny Tarkanian’s race. In total we lost four Nevada Republican offices. if you include Trump, because of Heller. So, if Heller does lose, he will make it 5 losses for conservatives and 5 wins for Harry Reid.” – Bob
- “I won’t be voting for no guts, no values, no leader Heller. … He constantly sits in the caboose and waits to see where the train is stopping, and waits for the Senate Majority leader, and sometimes the Minority Leader to say, ‘All Abroad’ or ‘This is your stop, Dean.’ … I’m voting ‘None of the above’ this cycle.” – Thomas
- “With Heller we have Hope. With Rosen we have none. It will be tragic if it’s a close race we lost by s few votes. That happens. We must hope—and pray!” – Monterey
- “I also am not a fan of Heller. He appears to have fallen into line a bit as of late. I will vote against Rosen by voting for Heller.” – Vern
- “I’m tired of holding my nose and voting. Selecting the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. I’m going with my convictions and selecting ‘none of these candidates’.” – Joni
- “WE need that R vote from Nevada, hence Heller should be supported…if only meekly.” – Stan
- “Full disclosure, I have never been, since Heller became our U.S. Senator, a big supporter of Heller; HOWEVER…if we do not vote for the re-election of Heller, again, even if we vote for none of the above, we as Republicans are actually voting for Jacky (Jane Fonda) Rosen!!” – Bob
Team Heller Blunders into Another Communications Fail
On Friday, DC Dean’s crack (or on “crack”) communications team put out this dumb tweet…
“I’m old enough to remember when the experts and media mocked President Trump’s goal of hitting 3% annual economic growth as a ‘pipe dream.’”
This, of course, left the door wide open for me to reply with a series of tweets…
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “I don’t think Donald Trump is good for Nevada. I think he’s digging us a deep hole.”
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “As I’ve said before, Donald Trump has been wrong many times on the issues and is bad for the Party.”
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “And by the way, he will not be the nominee of the Republican Party.”
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “I’m not a member of the party of Trump, and I’m not ready to do it any time soon.”
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “I vehemently oppose our nominee (Trump).”
- I’m old enough to remember when you said, “I do not support this guy. Let’s be very, very clear. I do not support Trump.”
Some people in glass houses never seem to learn.
Orrock Riding Off into the Sunset
Nevada Republican National Committeewoman Diana Orrock announced over the weekend that she was stepping down from her position.
“After much consideration over the past few months, I have decided to resign from my elected position,” Orrock wrote, adding, “I am becoming more and more conflicted about the kind of Republicans that are being elected to political office, particularly at the state and national levels.”
One can reasonably assume that among the Republicans giving her heartburn are Gov. Brian Sandoval, Sen. Dean Heller, Senate Minority Leader “Tax Hike Mike” Roberson and the rest of the GOP sell-outs in the Legislature who voted for the largest tax hike in state history in 2015.
Diana was unique as a party official. While an unabashed party loyalist she nevertheless had no problem bashing wayward Republican elected officials who wandered off the GOP’s limited-government reservation, much to the consternation of targeted elected officials who believe the tail should wag the dog.
Diana was also unafraid of sharing her viewpoints with the media. Ask her a direct question and you got a direct answer. No pussy-footing around.
And she has a strong “live and let live” libertarian streak running through her philosophical veins, evidenced by her support of Ron Paul’s presidential runs in 2008 and 2012.
In 2016 Diana was the first party official in the country to come out in support of Donald Trump – not so much as a kindred libertarian spirit but for the promise of electing someone who would disrupt the status quo in Washington, DC and “drain the swamp” of establishment Republicans who for years have been putting the screws to conservative GOP candidates.
She will be missed. We wish her the best!
P.S. As to who might replace Diana, KLAS-TV 8 reporter Steve Sebelius has another scoop…
“So who might be in line to replace the controversial @DianaOrrock…? I hear none other than Las Vegas Councilwoman Michele Fiore (@VoteFiore) wants the job.”
Weak-kneed Republican elected officials who may have cheered Orrock’s resignation will be shaking in their tighty-whities this morning over that prospect. Like Diana, Michele is no shrinking violet.
To paraphrase a great line from a great movie, Patton: “The lions in their dens tremble at her approach.”
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