Lee Terry: 49%
Jim Esch: 39%
John McCain: 53%
Barack Obama: 40%
Mike Johanns: 54%
Scott Kleeb: 39%
We learned that Esch quit his job with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce to run for Congress in 2006. OK. But after he lost that race by 9% — and admittedly had no plans to run again until after the 2008 Spring Dem Caucuses — what did he do?
Esch wandered to Kansas. New York. Colorado. Argentina. Thought about going to Belize.
Alas, after all this “research”, he was unsuccessful in finding a “tangible project” with which to “build his fortune”.
But why would Jim need travel to Bueno Aires, when Uncle Sucker is paying him to do nothin’ right here?
Wha-huh, you say?
You see Jim’s “James Esch Farms, Inc.” owns about 1,800 acres of land in Colorado. And you and your pals in the federal government pay Jim Esch about $34,000 per year NOT to be a farmer on that land.
So really, if Farmer Jim can get paid to be the Un-Farmer, why would he bother with a real job?
But really, you have got to love Esch’s “business” plan: “You never know when you’re going to stumble across an idea that actually works.”
There has to be a slogan in there, right? “Esch: Stumbling across America, for you.“
Back on the campaign front, Lee Terry has released a new spot. See it here:
This ad basically calls out Esch’s last ad regarding Terry’s position on Social Security.
Esch’s and the other Dem line on this is that they suggest that “privatization” means that the Social Security Trust fund administrators would dump funds right into the stock market.
Terry, however, has never supported that stance.
Instead, Terry has suggested giving younger workers the option of diverting a percent or two of their own payroll tax into funds that would seek higher returns through investing in index funds or market baskets of stocks, mutual funds.
The individual would not be able to trade stocks or change funds except for designated “open season” times.
While Terry is willing to have a national dialogue on this, Esch apparently is not.
(Yeah, that’s right, we have the high-res good stuff. None of that copy of a copy around here…)
Melanie here is an actual person (as opposed to just an actor or model), who happens to be a barista at an Omaha coffee shop.
The national press seems to be making a big deal about an ad that is essentially just a riff on the “Democrats for Terry” concept — that every campaign does. Not sure why that’s special here.
Not to mention, this wasn’t in the Omaha World Herald. And it wasn’t a mailer either. It’s in an arts and entertainment magazine that one could argue has as its base, Obama supporters.
As Terry’s campaign manager put it, Terry has “always relied on a fragile, cross-party coalition, making swing voters and more conservative Democrats vital every election year.”
Of course in just a few weeks, we will see just how fragile Terry’s 10 point and McCain’s 13 point polling advantages really are.
“Terry’s campaign manager, David Boomer, said in an interview that the congressman had always relied on a fragile, cross-party coalition, making swing voters and more conservative Democrats vital every election year.”
“1) Terry historically wins 20% of the D vote. These are partisan Dems who do cut for him.
So there ya go.
2) Our ad was designed to show D and I voters that a real person is voting for Obama and Terry.—they can do that also. Melanie is a left of center person—but, she likes Terry because he works hard and is honest.”