Last night, the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee — parading as the Nebraska Democrats (as noted by the National Journal) — put up Ben Nelson’s latest campaign TV ad.
See it here:
So, first things first.
In the very beginning of the spot, Nelson says,
“They don’t get it. They put politics ahead of what’s best for the country.”
So who is this “They” of which Nelson speaks? This is an expensive ad put out by political professionals, so these images are very specifically chosen.
Well, starting in the upper right, and moving clockwise we find that he doesn’t like…
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Hmm. Pretty reasonable guy, Boehner. You can find many other bomb-throwers in the House, but Boehner usually isn’t at the top. But OK, he hates the Republican Speaker. Fine.
Next, is Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Well, get in line Senator, Republicans have always felt she was a joke, and most of your party feels the same. But OK, you have a Republican and a Democrat. So as Roger Daltrey said, Who’s next?
Well, that would be Republican Senator Jim DeMint, the de facto head of the Tea Party movement. Nelson has made it clear that he hates the Tea Partiers and has written off their votes, come November. So DeMint’s on his sh*t/politics-list.
But who is that last guy? To be honest, we had to take some time Google-imaging him.
That, friends, is the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Missouri Democrat Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II, of the Kansas City area.
So, just to refresh: Nelson has picked out, a Republican, a Democrat, a Tea Partier…and a Black Guy.
What is it that Black Guy Cleaver “doesn’t get” Senator? Where does he put “politics ahead of what’s best for the country”?
Or is that just an assumed “head-nod”, seeing as he’s black, and so he’s “lookin’ out for his own”?
Let us see whether Nebraska’s African American community comes down on Nelson on this, and has him explain himself.
We see that the Nebraska Democrats, under the heading of the “Nebraska State Central Committee”, (and no doubt funneled through from the national Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee) paid for the ad. But Nelson specifically states, himself, that “I approved this ad.”
We got it. Nelson likes old farmers, middle aged white guys, and blonde little girls. But generally unrecognizable black guys are on his “list”.
Why is that Senator?
And onto our more generic critique of the ad…
Oh, Nelson doesn’t like “playing politics”? Sheesh, that’s the pot calling the kettle black! (Whoops!)
But seriously, the author and pioneer of the Cornhusker Kickback does not like playing politics??? That’s rich.
Here is the guy who proposed a payout for just his state to buy his vote on ObamaCare (allegedly). Here is the guy whose name has become synonymous with “back room deals”, calling out the rest of Congress?
Nelson will continue to push that sale until it gets shoved back in his face.
And shove, Nebraskans will.
And we saw that Nelson was the deciding vote on President Obama’s Stimulus #1, when the President said, “Without Ben, I’m not sure we get other votes.” You know, the kajillion dollar plan that was supposed to turn the economy around with all those “shovel-ready” jobs, and halt unemployment in its tracks?
So where does the Senator stand on this new one?
Oh, wait, don’t tell us. He’s on the fence. Could go either way.
(Cue sound of palms being greased.)
Politico is reporting that this ad will run for TWO WEEKS and…
Democrats are spending $72,215 in Omaha, $64,135 in Lincoln and $55,972 on cable as part of a $201,482 total.
They also throw out the idea that this is really the DSCC’s way to show they are committed to Nelson’s race, and that he should run for re-election.