The Omaha World-Herald endorsed Republican US Senate candidate Ben Sasse today. Their endorsement editorial is a compelling read:
He rose to national prominence with astonishing speed, largely with his dissection of the Affordable Care Act and his own detailed alternative proposal.
On that and other issues, he describes his political philosophy as that of “a market-oriented conservative who believes in decentralized solutions wherever possible.” He favors a lower-regulation environment that frees businesses and local communities to create jobs. He also supports spending policies that make national security a priority and says the nation’s debt, not just deficit spending, must come down.
As he summed up in a conservative magazine, the Weekly Standard: “I want to fight for what I call humble politics — a Washington that does fewer things, but does the more important things, more aggressively, more transparently, more urgently, with less screaming.”
That’s in the Jack Kemp vein of conservatism, and in a World-Herald essay written after the May primary, Sasse said he drew inspiration from the former GOP congressman and vice presidential nominee who “believed the only way to fight big government was with bigger ideas.”
The Weekly Standard has a very interesting piece by Mark Hemingway where he is tracking US Senate candidate Ben Sasse across Nebraska. We posted about Ben Sasse before, so Jack Kemp fans are very familiar with the next US Senator from Nebraska. This paragraph below from The Weekly Standard is classic Kemp, and now, Sasse.
“Hi, I’m Ben Sasse, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. . . . Hi, I’m Ben Sasse, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate. . . . Hi, I’m . . .” Not even the occasional snarky comment from a Democrat throws him off his game. “Hey, I want your vote, too!” he shoots back. In his acceptance speech after his primary victory, Sasse quoted Jack Kemp: “We may not get every vote. But we’ll speak to every heart, and we will seek to represent the entire American family.” He greets voters as if he believes this. At least one of his staffers quips that he’s a cross between Jack Kemp and an aggressive panhandler. In any event, the sun is setting on the plains, you can hear the collective hopes and dreams of a small town after every dropped screen pass, and out in front of the stadium there’s a guy shaking hands who’s probably going to be the next Nebraska senator because the other guys didn’t work nearly as hard at listening to their concerns. When the high school band strikes up “Don’t Stop Believin’,” it’s enough to make Norman Rockwell cringe.
Newly nominated Nebraska Republican Senate candidate, Ben Sasse, wrote an op-ed today in the wake of his very impressive victory this past Tuesday.
In seeking to fulfill these pledges, I am inspired by the example of a great leader, Jack Kemp. Kemp believed the only way to fight big government was with bigger ideas. He saw the work ethic as the core of our American identity and our basic humanity, and he saw the American dream as equality of opportunity for all.
We must see, Kemp said, the image of God in every child, the seed of creativity planted in every one of us.
Sasse will be a great asset to the US Senate once he’s elected in November.