In a speech at the Reagan Foundation, the Nebraska senator ripped into the “performance artists” on the far left and the far right.
If you don’t want to watch the speech, read Tom LoBianco’s piece at Yahoo News. A taste:
Thursday’s speech was a “definitional” statement for Sasse, pulling together his previous arguments about the direction of the country and the GOP into a clear thesis about what should come next, a Sasse aide told Yahoo News on Friday morning.
Sasse wrote the speech over several days, working off ideas written on note cards that he shuffled and arranged at his home as he pulled the speech together, the aide said.
Sasse argued throughout that Twitter and cable news had hijacked the national debate, representing the voices of only “2%” of the country, while alienating the majority of voters trying to live their lives, get their kids to school and meet their mortgage payments.
“Political algorithms run on rage,” Sasse said. “Nobody goes viral for being honest that 280 characters probably won’t allow the space to have an honest debate. It’s dumb to talk about a particular piece of federal legislation as either the arrival of heaven on earth or the harbinger of hell by Tuesday.”
Read the entire piece here. I also think that this was the first time I ever heard the word “jackwagon” used in a speech.
Sasse also discusses some of the ideas he wrote about in this Atlantic piece.
I don’t know what to make of Ben Sasse. He says some good things every now and then. In this speech, his remarks on social media are outstanding. Of course Sasse also refused to stand up to Donald Trump.
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