First, a little March Madness themed Separated at Birth for ya:
Nebraska Head Coach Tim Miles and Nebraska Regent Hal Daub!
(This one worked better in our heads than in the actual photos. But if you see Miles, you can see a little young Hal Daub in his face. Glasses help. Meh…anyway…)
Sid Dinsdale for Senate has a couple of new radio ads up.
Hear them here:
We like the “Our Values” one. Basic info and candidate speaking. We aren’t so sure about the “Smell Test” one. A few too many people speaking, and a roundabout way to say that Sid has his father’s endorsement. And the endorsement of Tom Osborne crammed in there at the end seems like they buried the lede.
Nonetheless, our guess is that people in the 3rd will be very aware of Sid Dinsdale by the time these stop running.
Quite the stories in “the papers” yesterday about Shane Osborn, his naval career and his Senate campaign.
We have heard from many about Osborn’s mission to China, and what he should have or shouldn’t have done regarding ditching his plane. If you are of the opinion that Osborn should have committed Hari-kari and put himself and his crew into Davey Jones’s locker, we doubt that we can convince you otherwise.
A few ways to look at it:
1) You think Osborn should have ditched in the ocean. Considering the effort he had to make just to get the plane under control, you should figure that he needed to make the decision to kill himself and his crew, because it seems unlikely he would have been able to make a controlled landing on the water.
So if that is your position, ok fine. We doubt that there are a lot of people — in or out of the military — that would or could make that decision. But if that is why you think Osborn shouldn’t be in the Senate, fine. But we don’t agree with you.
2) You think Osborn is going overboard on the whole “hero” thing, or shouldn’t talk about his mission at all, or if you’re partly in view #1, you at least don’t think he should brag about it.
This was also suggested in the article from yesterday — and they particularly cited Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hagel, Bob Dole and John McCain as examples of those who didn’t tout their military careers in campaigns.
And to this we respond, Are you freaking kidding???
Here, let us quote from the article, written by Steve Liewer of the Omaha World-Herald:
Bob Kerrey and Chuck Hagel did not highlight their combat awards in the same way during their successful runs for statewide office in Nebraska.
You’re kidding, right?
Because it took us approximately 9 seconds using our Google machine to find this ad, from Bob Kerrey’s 2012 U.S. Senate campaign:
For those of you who don’t want to take the time to watch the 30 second spot, you can at least see the static YouTube image above that shows…Navy SEAL Bob Kerrey! And just so you understand, it goes on to say that “Bob Kerrey put his life on the line for his country“, “he was a grunt soldier, he was a SEAL“, “he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor“, he lost part of his leg.
Oh, but those who read the Omaha fishwrap will hear:
“All these people who came back from World War II, nobody ever bragged about their experiences. This is bragging,” said Carl Lorenzen, a retired Air Force brigadier general who flew fighters in the Far East between 1966 and 1993 and later commanded the Nebraska Air National Guard. “I’ve never seen this kind of behavior from an officer in the military.”
Well, if you would like to find the history of John McCain, watch just the beginning 2-3 minutes of this McCain for President video to discover not only the dates of McCain’s specific missions, but even video of McCain being a hero on the deck of his aircraft carrier.
But, hey, maybe that is just for that pesky Vietnam generation, right?
Well, here is a Bob Dole for Senate ad from 1980:
Not only does it have multiple photos of Dole in uniform, show soldiers being carried by stretcher and describe the battle Doles was in — it has file footage from the U.S. Army!
But again, this would have taken a solid 30 to 40 seconds for the writer of the OWH story to find this sort of hidden footage. So who can blame them right?
And while we can’t seem to find any of Hagel’s campaign ad on the interwebs, we are sure the local papers and their gaggles of interns can track those down and see if by chance we ever got to see Chuck Hagel in uniform — maybe standing next to his brother — in an ad. Maybe Hagel’s campaign never did.
But, as you can see, the EXACT OPPOSITE is true for the other politicians mentioned.
We look forward to the front page retraction from your local paper.
But we will credit the fishwrap for the other story about Osborn.
On the one hand, we understand the frustration of Osborn with this story. Many say that standing orders were to ditch the plane. But Osborn says there are specific rules that you can (generally) land anywhere except North Korea.
So Osborn wanted to get that officially from the Pentagon. Except, presumably, that info is either classified, or they didn’t otherwise want to give it to Osborn.
So Osborn and his campaign did an end run, and presented a personal story as an official Navy memo. They even put it on “Department of the Navy” stationery.
So while the info may be true — the way it is sourced is false, or at best extremely misleading.
This was extremely reckless of Osborn. There is no other good way to put it.
This does not look good for him, and frankly the campaign should expect a barrage of 3rd party ads suggesting that he is a liar.
Osborn and his campaign would be wise to get out in front of this, apologize and ask for forgiveness. Heck, in the end it could help them get their story out about what the Navy regs are for this sort of circumstance.
Osborn and his camp decided early on to make the China incident the centerpiece of their campaign. They would be wise to fix this major mistake before it gets further out of their control.
We are told that there is more to this story that will clear it up for Osborn.
We will update you whenever we hear more
We saw that Ben Sasse made Drudge again with his “Obama Unconstitutional” bracket. We have sort of come to realize that if Sasse makes a solid B.M. it will get a Drudge headline, a post on National Review’s “The Corner”, and a detailed description of the weight and texture by Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard.
It is a campaign. We get it.You try to make news any way you can.
But even we were a little taken aback by the local paper with a headline using the “ObamaCare nemesis” sobriquet, with a story about an announcement that Sasse hasn’t even made yet.
We like Sasse — and the other 3 GOP candidates — and think he would likely be a good Senator. But wow, we are getting a little choked by the national — and now, it seems even local — media trying to jam his every thought down our throats.
Of course we read ALL of this stuff, and we realize the average voter does not. We don’t know…maybe just a leeeeetle more subtlety?
Hey, here is your latest ad from an Attorney General candidate that you were dying to have:
Doug Peterson and his amazing Labs!
We will do our best to give you our thoughts on Governor debate from Sunday night.
We know, we know. You all skipped the basketball to watch the debate. Right?
(OK, those from the campaigns, put your hands down.)
Well, in any case, we understand that there was a debate, and we will see what we can do.
Sad to see the Jays and Huskers both end their seasons.
As die-hard Creighton fans for many years, we can say that was the best Creighton team we ever saw. We consider ourselves lucky that we got to see them play.
Thanks for great seasons from both teams!