New ads up over the weekend.
First from Sid Dinsdale for Senate, entitled “In Your Face“.
See it here:
Is this the first original ad of the season that didn’t focus on ObamaCare? We like this ad on Dinsdale’s theme of government overreach, but we sort of figured he was stamping his face on an ad that was nationally produced, and would be seen in any or every state.
We found out instead that this was produced in Nebraska, and the Dinsdale team has the outtakes — with them throwing the “regulation” papers in front of a fan — to prove it.
Will something need to “happen” for Dinsdale to slip in there between Osborn and Sasse? Dinsdale continues to point out that 80% of his cash comes from Nebraska, and that he has only looked for Nebraska endorsements (such as Tom Osborn).
At this point we doubt that Dinsdale will be outspent on TV anyway. Expect to hear Dinsdale’s voice and the flapping of government regs over and over of the next few weeks.
Pete Ricketts has a new ad up called, “Real World Conservative“.
See it here:
The big takeaway from this spot is Ricketts’ declaration in the middle:
“I’m not behind any negative attack ads.
And I don’t support amnesty. Never have, never will.”
This gets back to what it means for “him” to be behind the avalanche of ads attacking Jon Bruning.
Someone figured out that Pete’s dad, gazillionaire Joe Ricketts, did not specifically pay for the attack ads put out by the Independent Expenditure group.
But Politico also pointed out the Billionaire’s Club which is buying attack ads for each other, so as to keep plausible deniability.
So is Pete himself walking down to the TV station and cutting a check for the ads?
But is that all it takes for not being “behind” an ad?
Look, you can criticize Bruning and McCoy and Osborn for having IE spots, or their own negative ads up. But at least they are owning up to them.
Turning around and having an IE on your behalf, while you claim a “clean” campaign, is a joke.
We aren’t sure how much people buy this.
Then there’s Pete’s amnesty statement.
This must be a nuanced thing, because Ricketts has clearly stated he supports some sort of illegal alien residency proposal.
The easiest on this we found was when we explored the issue back in January, and pointed out this from the 2006 Governor’s campaign:
Immigration: Do you support some type of program that would allow immigrants currently here illegal to gain legal status?” David Kramer: “Yes” Pete Ricketts: “Yes” Don Stenberg: “No” [Omaha World Herald, 5/2/06]
Is this just pure nuance for Ricketts, much like the negative ad denial?
We don’t know any other way to look at it.
But, when you bombard this ad across Nebraska a few $100,000 times, it may just stick.
The local fishwrap had an interesting Sunday FRONT PAGE story about Charles Herbster, addressing the aforementioned CRUCIAL campaign issues:
- a Nebraskan who has a number of speeding tickets, yet has the gall to support a candidate for Governor.
- no wait, it was a guy who was behind on his taxes, got 100% up to date on them 2 years ago, and THEN decided to support someone for Governor.
- hold on, it was how unseemly it is to pour millions of dollars into one candidate who isn’t you — but only if you don’t have your company’s name on a local baseball stadium.
As Don Walton points out in the other newspaper, the undecideds are rapidly reviewing other options in the Governor’s race. So expect the other campaigns — say, one which has massive, massive spending all based on ONE man’s billions of dollars — to start attacking the Beau McCoys and Bryan Slones and Mike Foleys.
Because you assumed the Governor’s race is all based on how many speeding tickets one campaign’s donor has.
(You want to know why we started a political blog? To respond to stuff like this.)
Speaking of McCoy, it seems that Democrats are fired up about his recent anti ObamaCare ad.
They are offended that McCoy would not show greater respect to a plastic toy that represents ObamaCare.
They also noted that if the plastic toy likes it’s fence post, it can keep it’s fence post.
McCoy flicked away that idea.
BTW, we have heard that Texas Senator Ted Cruz is coming in for the Pete Ricketts campaign.
We saw a couple of new Tom Carlson for Governor ads while watching Forrest Gump over and over this weekend.
See “Making the good life even better” here:
And if this one doesn’t electrify you, there is another that is also running, that’s not on the YouTube, so we can’t show you.
Just keep watching Forrest and you might catch it.
For your interest, Jay Nordinger of National Review is crossing Nebraska for a story on the Keystone XL pipeline, and begins by giving his assessment of flatness, small towns and the pronunciation of Beatrice.
With all the rest of the “gee Nebraska is nice” stuff, he adds that the opponent of his guy, Ben Sasse, ran a commercial that was “dirty, low and dishonest”.
Is he referring to the one where Osborn says Sasse worked in DC?
We get that the camps disagree about the “honesty” of the “decade” part, but that makes it dirty and low? And Nordinger comes from a political magazine??
We await the Cheese Runza assessment.