As a starter, here is the latest video from U.S. Senate candidate Ben Sasse talking about the latest ObamaCare plan tossed out by the POTUS:
The OWH had an exclusive , “ONLY in the Omaha World-Herald!” story on Sunday from Washington, D.C. reporter Joe Morton!
What did the OWH nail? What was it that ONLY the OWH would be reporting it on Sunday morning?
Front page of the Midlands section? (Below the fold, but still…)
OK, are you ready? (It’s pretty intense).
Here it comes! (Might want to sit down!)
…has a website….
where he said….
(oh my gawd!!!!)
…the same thing as another Member of Congress!!!!!!!!!
(OH. MY. FREAKIN… wait. What?)
Yes, Lee Terry’s website says that he is concerned about what Nebraskans says about tough economic times.
AND, this is the same thing that a Congresswoman from North Carolina said!
Do you get it?
The SAME thing!
Oh sure, some words are switched, but otherwise, the SAME verbage!
Apparently when the OWH gets scooped on a daily basis by “the blawgs”, (oooooh snap!) this is what passes for an exclusive by the OWH.
And not even to let it “sit” as a one day story, OWH columnist Matthew Hansen re-tweeted it, (apparently because of his outrage?).
But here’s the thing: Unfortunately, Terry took the gist down off of his website, and then noted that it was an oversight.
We say unfortunately, because what Terry should have said was “FUUUUUU**** YOU!”.
But Terry had used up his FUs during the shutdown, so instead he had to throw out some maxima mea culpas. Yeah yeah yeah.
And for those of you all hyped up by the “letter of the law” or whatever the dopes who are commenting on the OWH page think, note that it’s not as if the website is using another’s idea or concept or theory. The words used refer to generally hearing from constituents about higher taxes.
Well, if that ain’t front page of the Midlands section news we don’t know what is!
Of course, the most interesting aspect of this “scandal” is just how, exactly, the OWH came upon this. They were told about it from an unnamed Democrat who used to live in Nebraska — who refuses to be identified.
Well, that’s sort of random in an of itself. But think about this: How in the hell do you exactly figure this out? Have some sort of a program that compares all pablum on Congressional websites to each other? An insider who wrote it and/or knows what happened? Someone who randomly heard the Congresswoman say it then randomly read Terry’s site then put the two generic concepts together?
Now THERE’s the interesting part to know about.
But don’t look to find this sort of stuff from the OWH any time soon.
They’re too busy getting the really juicy scoops (more on those below!).
And of course, your main takeaway from this story:
(Congresswoman) Ellmers told The World-Herald. “(Terry’s) been a great defender of the small-business community.”
Anyone like this headline in today’s OWH?:
Heineman blasts Obama over ‘suggestion’ that Americans can keep insurance plans
Oh, but Heineman didn’t just “blast” the President.
The Governor also “attacked the President.”
How did he do it? Well, he quoted former Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson who said the President’s “plan” to let people keep their old insurance was merely a “suggestion”.
So, once again: Nelson “said that Obama’s announcement was merely a suggestion not a law.”
Nelson “said” it.
And when Heineman repeats what Nelson said, it’s an “attack” and a “blast”.
Got it Paul Hammel and the OWH.
Nebraska Watchdog put up the interesting “scoop” from the Frei for Congress campaign that their pollster found that Lee Terry’s numbers against an imaginary GOP opponent were low.
Well, we’ve heard this before when the DCCC did the same thing for Pete Festersen during the shutdown.
Wait, the what?
What was that?
WHEN was that?
That was that thing where the Republicans wanted to stop (or at least slow down) ObamaCare because it was a bad law that would wreck many people’s health care coverage.
How’d that ObamaCare thing end up anyway?
It was so bad that Ben Nelson himself is now attacking and blasting the President about it (what hyperbole?).
So let us just be a leeeeetle more cognizant of WHEN these polls are taken — and not in the least by whom.
Oh, and btw, we got this note from the Terry camp about that poll done by Scott Petersen of the Frei campaign:
It is my understanding this was an automated poll. If it was, then Nebraska law was violated….
First, any automated polls must be registered with the Nebraska Public Service Commission. A script must be submitted, and the first sentence of script must identify who was paying for the call.
Second, Chase Marketing must register with the Nebraska Public Service Commission as a vendor who provided these calls. They are not one of the vendors.
Hmm. Interesting, that.
We want to go, briefly, to last week’s back and forth between the FreedomWorks and Dick Armey and their countering endorsements of Shane Osborn and Ben Sasse, respectively.
After FreedomWorks endorsed Osborn, Armey, who has a spat with his former group, went off on Shane Osborn and defended Sasse.
And look, we don’t have a beef or favor or disfavor ANY of the candidates. What we’re not really into is pols from other places waltzing into Nebraska to knock another candidate. Supporting one or the other seems fine — though the effect of an endorsement is always suspect.
But when Armey slams Osborn, saying he is a “career politician”? (After four years in government?) And that Sasse is the “outsider”? (Sasse, who served in the freaking Bush Administration, is an “outsider”? If that’s the case, how does one get on the “inside”?)
And FreedomWorks original statement knocking Sasse for being (apparently) too smart was not any better.
If a Dick Armey has a problem with some of Osborn’s or another candidate’s stances, fine. And vice versa, etc. etc. But making the general critical statements doesn’t really fly.
From the Nebraska GOP Chairman, JL Spray:
Yesterday the NEGOP announced 6 primary debates for the spring of 2014. This will guarantee a minimum of three debates for both the Governor and U.S. Senate race. Each Congressional District will be the hosts of two debates; and this assures reasonable access to the media across the state and to our primary voters. We believe this is an opportunity for the Party to coordinate debates focused on the issues important to Nebraska, while giving our voters the chance to hear candidates positions as they prepare to vote on May 13, 2014. More specific details will be following in the upcoming weeks, but for now, we want you to know the dates, which are listed below:
January 29 – Senate debate – Gering Civic Center
February 19 – Governor debate – Papillion LaVista South High School
March 11 – Senate debate – University of Nebraska-Omaha Thompson Alumni Center
March 23 – Governor debate – One Box Convention Center in Broken Bow
April 7 – Senate Debate – Champions Club in Lincoln
April 23 – Governor debate – Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk
Further Addendum Tues afternoon:
Rep. Paul Ryan’s PAC endorses Ben Sasse for Senate:
Prosperity Action Inc., the leadership PAC of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, has reported it contributed $5,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Ben Sasse, R-Neb.
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