For those of you who missed it, Senate candidate Scott Kleeb has a new ad up — on YouTube at least…
As you can see, it’s pretty much a repeat of his “1884” ad that he ran during the primary. From our critical eyes, here is the main problem with the spot:
His name, and the office he’s running for, FLY BY in the first couple seconds, then you never see them again. You’ve got the “scottkleeb.com” tag, but you don’t know what it is you’re supposed to do at that website.
For a guy with relatively low name ID, he should be putting name and OFFICE anywhere he can. Oh, and by the way, you can’t read the print on the stupid “cow brand” logo. After it’s over, Jim and Judy from Omaha will likely say, “Who the hell was that?”
Then it’s the standard bio stuff that doesn’t do much for anyone.
The image that really kills us is:
As in, “OOOH! He’s married AND has a job!”
Our question is, how come back in 2006, his “Thank You” ad didn’t look like this?
Oh wait, that tag has already been taken for the 2008 campaign season. Never mind.
And speaking of Jim Esch, he has dived head-first into the Social Security issues for campaign fodder. Esch wants to raise Social Security taxes to make it more solvent, while claiming that Congressman Lee Terry is in favor of “private” Social Security accounts.
Esch appears to be stealing a page from the Ben Nelson campaign textbook. You’ll remember that Nellie used this tact against Pete Ricketts back in 2006, claiming Ricketts wanted to “privatize” Social Security.
Since Lee Terry responded that “all options should be on the table,” don’t be surprised to see that snippet in an Esch ad, or pasted onto a water-bottle, or something.
After Gunga Jim’s Big Adventure to Afghanistan, we have been sort of waiting for his BIG REVELATION to come out of his campaign website blog. Apparently we will just keep waiting. Jim’s three-part travelogue contains zilch on absolutely anything of substance that he may have learned.
Here’s what Jim shares from his trip:
Kabul Airport construction!
I arrived at the Kabul International Airport at 8:40 am. The term “international” is a bit of a stretch. The one and only runway is new, but the taxi lanes are in great need of repair and the grounds are unkept. There is one terminal which was built probably in the ’60s and has not been updated. Though, a new terminal is under construction.
What happens in Kabul, STAYS in Kabul!
The halls look like something from Fremont Street in Las Vegas, gaudy all glass structures with fake neon palm trees and thousands of colored lights.
What’s on Hotel Cable!
While old, it is clean and the rooms are simple but comfortable. They are air conditioned with satellite television, which is mostly channels from India, a third of which are in English.
The on-the-ground impression I got was that this region is in a very difficult place right now.
This is all interesting stuff to hear from your bud who backpacked across Asia — but from a Congressional candidate? What are we getting here that isn’t in a Lonely Planet series? Maybe Jim’s trying to get a gig writing for “Let’s Go!”
And again, let’s reiterate that Esch didn’t meet with any troops, and didn’t meet with anyone at the U.S. Embassy. But hey, Jim gained, “first hand knowledge about the situation on the ground.”
And what Jim found on the ground was a dusty gum wrapper. He put it in his pocket to show the gang at the Barleycorn…