Lee Terry and Jim Esch were debating at Creighton at the exact same time as McCain and Obama, so maybe you missed it.
Well, don’t feel bad, because we missed it too. But you know, that’s not so awful, really. The vast majority of people will be getting thier info on that debate from the TV stations and the paper, so let’s see how they portrayed it.
Well, our first view was story on KPTM. It actually summarizes both the House campaign debate and the Senate debate.
But, other than the standard points thrown out by the the candidates, what really caught our attention in the Congressional debate was Esch’s statement at the end.
Zoom ahead to the 1:57 mark and listen to what Esch said:
“I really believe in service to others. And it’s at the heart of, of what I’ve chosen for, for careers and why I decided to get into public service.”
Now did we miss something over the past three years, or did we just hear Jim Esch claim that he has “chosen a career in public service”?
Wait, back that up. He said, “careers”.
- So a stint as a fund-raiser for the Steier Group is 1) career and 2) “public service”?
- A month or two as a fund-raiser for Creighton Prep is 1) a career and 2) “public service”??
- Spending a few months with your uncle on a “wind farm” in Colorado for your own family’s corporation is 1) a career and 2) “public service”???
- Having a trust fund with your siblings while not having a real job is a “career”? (And we won’t even bother with a “public service” angle there.)
Oh wait, maybe he means trying to run for Congress, twice, is a “career” and, even though he lost, it’s a “public service”.
The only public that was served when Jim lost by nearly 10 points in 2006 would be those who didn’t have to pay for new name-plates on the Congressional office doors.
And in that sense, maybe Jim can “serve” the public one again on Election Day…
And in the Mike Johanns – Scott Kleeb Health Care debate, also at Creighton, the only thing that seems to have come out is:
So there you go.
Finally, much is being made about “increases” in voter registration — particularly the Dems in Douglas County. The Daily Kos types keep waving this as an indication that Obama and his coattails can prevail in Nebraska’s 2nd District.
The latest point is that as of October 1, 2008 the Douglas County registration numbers are as follows:
In 2006 there were:
And those numbers are interesting and all. Except that the 2nd Congressional District is made up of more than just Douglas County. And frankly, the numbers you should be looking at are the 2004 numbers — a Presidential election year where voter turnout is greatly increased.
So let’s compare 2004 and 2008 Voter Registration percentage breakdown for the WHOLE 2nd District:
So the reality is, the Dems have seen their numbers drop along with the Republicans. And the “big” gainer is the I’s — by a little more than 3%.
We are sure there are some Dems who believe that all the I’s then go to the Dems — except that historically that just isn’t the case. And of course actual voter turn-out is a whole ‘nother issue.
So before you get all hot and bothered about “Democrat increases in Douglas County”, remember that the 2nd is a lot more than just Omaha. Or just Douglas County.
Feel free to debate.