Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post political column “The Fix” notes that a group called The American Future Fund will begin running radio ads criticizing Senator Ben Nelson. The group is spending about $30,000 to run the ad for a week.
Listen to the spot here:
Not exactly new stuff, but that is sort of the point.
Weeks after Nelson’s notorious Cornhusker Kickback, Senator Scott Brown rode it to an improbable victory in Massachusetts. And that was selling it to people who had probably never heard of Ben Nelson before.
But in Nebraska it is the slogan that keeps on selling. You will probably hear it mentioned more times than “Save big money at Menards!” over the next 23 months. And this is only the start.
Speaking of Nelson, he made a bit of news this week by trying to argue, after Republican-Democrat Date Night at the State of the Union address, that the party-separating aisle in the Senate should be eliminated.
Heck, Nelson even went so far as to compare the aisle in the Senate to the Berlin Wall. Gee, hyperbolize much there Senator? Do Republicans need to airlift supplies into you? Did Joe Lieberman get shot at as he tried to jump over the aisle? Are Democrats juicing their ringer-athletes when they compete against the college-aged Republicans in the annual softball game?
While some point out that it would really create a hassle for the Senator sitting in the middle that has to go take a leak, nearly everyone else has just chuckled at Nelson.
The hard-core Democrats hate him for not riding with them lock-step down all of their “progressive” paths. “Of course he doesn’t want to sit with us Democrats,” they say.
And the Republicans know that while Nelson likes to sell himself as a bipartisan guy, the Democrats can surely count on him when it matters.
Note Democrat operative Jane Kleeb’s recent quote to the Daily Beast, that “progressives here are very happy with him,” and that “he really does vote the right way on the big bills like health care, food safety, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
Of course Nelson wanting to look like a Republican is nothing new. Heck look all the way back to his campaign ads in 2000 — after he got whipped by Chuck Hagel four years earlier. A darker haired, and much less creased Nelson was gunning for his “no-aisles” theme back then:
Question: Will Nebraskans get fooled again, twelve years later?
In our Wednesday Morning Quarterbacking of the Omaha Mayoral race, we noted that KETV said the Recall Committee’s Jeremy Aspen told them they were essentially coasting during the final week.
Aspen contacted us to let us know that he said no such thing to KETV and they got what he said confused. Aspen notes that the committee made over 70,000 calls during the final week of the campaign.
But Aspen also notes to us that it was his first real gig in politics and that he could have done many things better or differently as the campaign spokesman. He does not claim that they were perfect and has said that he is gathering all of the criticism to fully assess his performance.
He also noted that he plans to write a campaign post-mortem so that others may benefit from what he sees as his successes and mistakes. We would look forward to reading.
We would note that while there were problems in the campaign — like there are in all campaigns — Aspen at least stood out as the rational one whenever speaking to the media. We noted several times prior to Election Day that while Aspen argued his points, he never sounded rabid or sensationalist. He often came across as the adult in the room, and that’s an accomplishment for a rookie campaigner.
We continue to watch the news about the TransCanada XL Pipeline proposal, so vehemently argued against by oil-haters like Jane Kleeb’s Bold Nebraska.
While nearly every article usually gives the ultra-liberal groups a platform to spin their story, every once in a while we see a rational discussion like the one in the Columbus Telegram that actually discusses facts of the matter.
The CT talks about the potential benefits of the pipeline to electric customers as well as the construction and related industries, as well the arguments and bills in response to the proposal.
(Though we suggest that the CT get a digital pic of Senator Dubas that doesn’t look like she is standing in a snowstorm.)
We keep watching.
And Senator Mike Johanns has gathered 60 co-sponsors for his bill to repeal the ridiculous tax reporting requirements on small businesses in the Health Care Law.
Johanns has been arguing about this for months now, and it is nice to see that a few more Democrats have come to their senses on it.
A throttling at the polls will do that to you.