Let’s take a trip out to Nebraska’s Third Congressional District this morning, shall we?
Congressman Adrian Smith is running against underfunded, first time ever candidate Rebekah Davis.
Shockingly, Davis, the Yale grad who likely gets carded when she buys root beer, has not gained much financial support or traction in general.
But wait, Davis isn’t the only other name on the ballot against Smith. Enter Dan Hill who…well…we’re not sure what Dan’s story is.
He says that he would have voted almost exactly the same as Adrian Smith has. But Adrian doesn’t meet his snuff, or some such, so he decided to run. Why not then oppose Adrian in the Republican primary.
Well that answer is easy: He wouldn’t have gotten the support of the Democrats.
Well you see, as we pointed out earlier, Hill had the support of at least one name-ID’d Democrat in the 3rd — Scott Kleeb (of the Jane Kleebs). As we noted here, Kleeb signed Hill’s petition to get on the ballot.
Why? To dilute Smith’s Republican vote, of course.
So, many other tangential facts came about concerning a coordinated campaign between Davis and Hill — their talking points, certain joint appearances, etc.
But (and we’re leading up to something here) get a load of what Davis said the other day to the GII:
Davis said she wants people to be engaged in the system, so she carries around campaign literature of her opponent, Hill, and hands it to voters, telling them that even if they don’t support a Democrat, there are other options.
“I want them to know who is out there,” she said. “Instead of handing them my flier, I’ll give them Dan’s flier because it is my hope that voters will not be apathetic this voting cycle. Our country matters too much for a person to stay at home and not vote.”
But if she were just concerned about being a good citizen, then why not hand out Smith’s info as well? Well, because that would defeat the Democrat strategy of splitting the vote to get her into office.
We are frankly not too surprised that Davis is doing this.
We are however, shocked and amazed that she would TELL the press that she is doing this.
This is where you are Democrats. This is where you are.
But not to be outdone in goofiness in the third, we take you over to the Tea Party rally in York on Friday evening.
Now the Tea Partiers there wanted to have a “Go Vote” rally, and actually invited ALL candidates to be there. Their specific request was no campaigning, but anyone could speak.
Various Tea Partiers were going to speak, as well as Adrian Smith.
Well the Nebraska Democrat Party would have none of that!
The Dems immediately fired off several nastygrams to the Tea Partiers, the county attorney and the Secretary of State. (While we have no doubt they tried to contact Hillary, we’re talking about John Gale here.)
Their claim was that since the rally was taking place on the grounds of the York County Courthouse — and there is pre-voting going on there — statute says they can’t campaign, they have to be 200 feet away, etc.
Well, except that the rally was starting at 6:00 pm. And the courthouse closes (and there is no more voting) at 5:00 pm. Oh, and there was no campaigning going on anyway.
So, of course, saner, more reasonable people saw that this was of course not an issue and let the rally go on as planned. About 130 people showed up, Adrian Smith and others spoke, and all had a pleasant evening. (See pics, etc here from the York News Times — “All the fit that’s print to news!”)
But the Nebraska Democrats are undeterred! They will file a complaint against the Tea Partiers and show those 130 people and others who like to give pro-voting speeches just who they are up against!
So the next time you are wondering why the Democrats don’t have candidates for statewide office. Or why they are eating their own Governor candidates. Or why they don’t support their own candidates monetarily. Or why they’re not — you know — helping to elect Democrats.
Just remember: They’re busy stopping voting rallies and handing out fliers for the opposition. That’s what they do.
And speaking of the Kleebs, did you know that Jane Kleeb had a complaint filed against her little school board race regarding a failure to comply with very basic campaign requirements?
We know, you are shocked.
And Go Huskers!