First, Jim Esch gave an interview to Jim Minge of the Omaha City Weekly. It was frankly a glowing interview, and gave Esch the opportunity to speak to his supporters who are the more likely Weekly readers.
And speak he did! So when the abortion question came up, Esch told them he is Pro-Life, but…you know…wink-wink… not THAT kind of Pro-Life. You know, the ones no one likes. No, he’s a good Pro-Lifer. And then he used a word to describe “them”: “Extremist”.
Here’s the full quote:
The other thing that frustrates me with that issue, is you have two sides and really both, I think the Right to Life side is a little more extremist, but they think it says something fundamental about that person, because they look at it as a strictly moral issue.
The Lee Terry camp has jumped on it, and gotten a little bit of a news story out of it. (And on KETV, Jim’s Dad is their spokesman?) Over at another blog, Julie Schmit Albin of Nebraska Right To Life even commented on the issue, calling out Esch for lumping pretty much every Pro-Life group into the “Extremist” camp.
Who are Esch’s Extremists? We don’t really know. Sure we can guess he’s talking about those who blow up clinics or carry aborted baby photos. But we really don’t know.
Of course, many Pro-Lifers were offended no matter who he was talking about. Without taking sides here, we are sure that many Pro-Lifers consider killing innocent unborn babies to be Extreme. That’s a perfectly reasonable argument, if you’re going to use the Extreme term.
But what this really gets down to is that Esch is trying to play both sides of the issue. He is in a relatively conservative district, and plays up his Catholic school credentials, so he’s gunning for that Catholic, Pro-Lifer vote.
On the other hand, he’s still a Democrat, and he is breaking on one of their litmus issues. So he’s trying to let them know while he’s a Catholic Pro-Lifer, he’s not one of…THEM.
Problem is, you can’t really play both sides of this issue. Scott Kleeb is finding this out with his refusal to admit that he’s Pro-Choice. And Esch is finding it out with his ham-handed attempt to be politically adept on the issue.
In the end, he is not really pleasing anyone concerned about this issue. And by the way, those people tend to vote…
Lee Terry has also been out politicking. To show how this is effectively done, you need only take a look at his recent “Energy Relief Rally”. He stood on a street corner, had a pretty decent crowd show up, and had people honking support as they went by in rush hour.
And the Esch campaign’s response? A counter rally? A pick-apart of Terry’s policy?
No, they simply called it a “gimmick”.
Nice. That’s right up there with, “I know you are but what am I?” and “Oh yeah????”
How’s that D.A.R.E. squad working out for you…
We had read in the papers that Scott Kleeb is GOING ON TV for the general.
We waited with baited breath for word on this mass media buy.
Well, we now have word from our sources:
And it’s…$6,400. For one ad. During the Olympics.
Now that’s a choice time, and all that. But ONE ad? Hope you’re not in the bathroom when it comes on…
(And here’s our prediction: a husky voice, a great deal of forehead creasing and squinting, and him using the word “we” when he means “you” as in “we need to sacrifice”. But we’ll see…)