Internet viewing: Nebraska media sites daily, Washington Post occasionally, political surfing.
Sports: Golf with son.....
TV viewing: “Not much,” mostly news and sporting events.
Musical preference: Patriotic songs.
I don't think anyone puts too much stock in candidate profiles and their election year publication of candidates' personal favorites. Still, they are a traditional feature of the campaign season that allow some glimpse beyond the politician, to the candidate as an actual person.
But, my God, when a person lists "patriotic songs" as their favorite music, you have to wonder - is this guy even human?
In general, I can't imagine letting a candidate's favorite color or favorite movie influence ones vote. These questions aren't important. But, really, is it asking too much for some reassurance - a little bit of evidence - that the man on the ballot is an honest-to-goodness, flesh and blood human being?
Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with "patriotic songs." I'm a 4th of July kind of guy who enjoys singing along to "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting events.
But, come on? Your musical preference?
This is one of the lamest and most absolutely blah things I've ever heard. It's the very definition of the safe answer that couldn't possibly offend anyone. And, what could be more offensive than that?
Since taking office, Dave Heineman's every move has consisted of self-serving, political pandering. This is certainly the most trivial of such examples, but - in its own way - that makes it even more despicable.
The LJS profile also notes of Heineman:
“He said he wanted to be governor when we married,” says Sally Ganem, Nebraska’s First Lady. “He always wanted to be in public service.”
Trust me, Madam First Lady, we can tell. But, let's not insult "public service." Dave Heineman always wanted to be a politician, and - for better or worse - that's precisely what he's become.
Sadly, that's all he's become. At least, if we're to accept this empty, soulless public persona on its face.
With all the money Heineman has taken from mostly lobbyists, special interest groups, and PACs (approaching $2.5 million), couldn't he have afforded one more poll that would tell him what kind of music it was okay to like. I mean, seriously - "patriotic songs"? Get real!