As we noted on our Twitter feed on Friday (which we know you follow, right?) the Republican Governors Association has a new ad up knocking Democrat Nebraska Governor candidate Chuck Hassebrook.
See it here:
Here’s the thing: We expect to hear Hassebrook complaining about this ad and Who paid for it? and, oh they are just being negative, and yadda, yadda, yadda.
But really, isn’t this a positive ad for Hassebrook?
Aren’t these all the things that he is pumping himself to show what a caring soul he is?
They are all his positions. These are things he wants to do as Governor.
And in a somewhat bizarro, but still believable, world doesn’t Hassebrook make the exact same ad, but say that Pete Ricketts is against all of these issues on immigration?
And then he can add the tag line that “Pete Ricketts is too conservative for Nebraska!”
This is one of those stark lines that voters can view. Hassebrook (and the President) support all of those items.
Are you for or against?
Take your pick.
And oh lordy, Brad Ashford put our his first real positive ad.
If you haven’t see it, be prepared. Here it is:
Apparently Ashford is/was a runner. Well, jogger.
And that’s great. Hurrah for him.
But we have a little news for Brad.
They’re horky-dorky looking (Yes that’s an adjective. Look it up.)
Don’t believe us? Take a look here:
This isn’t Usain Bolt sprinting like a gazelle across the Old Market.
This isn’t Forrest Gump trotting by the mountain lake.
This isn’t even guy who is trying to make his plane across the airline terminal.
This is funky old dude, wearing short-shorts, doing that heel-to-toe jog that may be correct form for a distance runner, but just does not look graceful.
And then who thought THIS would be a nice image for the voters?
What sort of trouble did you have to get into to get THAT position as a staffer?
“OK, who wants ass duty? It’s gonna be flappy and unpleasant, but SOMEONE has to do it! Now step up!”
This is one of those ads where the visuals overtake any message they hope to convey. All the viewer is left with is “old guy running” (and we don’t mean to be pejorative about Brad’s age, but he is the one making us look at this). Yeah, yeah, we get the “running across Omaha” and the “running for office” metaphor. Very enlightening.
But the fact that Ashford is a runner does nothing for us as far as his message or positions or anything else.
It’s just, “Dude who may be healthy, but looks really uncomfortable.”
And now you’ll NEVER be able to get those images above out of your head…
At the conclusion of oral arguments for the Keystone XL Pipeline, we were surprised by one line from Deputy Attorney General Katherine Spohn at the concluding press scrum:
“Let’s be honest, nobody wants a pipeline to go through their land.”
First off, Nice job Katie. So are you trying to show how balanced you are, or are you gunning for a gig in Domina’s office after he loses the Senate race?
But beyond what a goofy PR move, how about the crux of the statement?
Nobody wants the pipeline through their land?
How about the vast majority who realize that the pipe is safe and worthwhile for Nebraskans and the United States?
How about those who follow what University of Nebraska hydrologist Jim Goeke said, and know that the Ogallala aquifer will be safe?
How about the over 90% of landowners who HAVE ALREADY SIGNED ON to having the pipe go through their land???!
Oh. so there is SOMEBODY who wants a safe pipeline to go through their land.
90% of those somebodies.
So let us please stop bending over backwards to appease the lefties out there who have the time to show up at a judicial hearing (where their bumper sticker advocacy makes nary a difference) in their brand new printed “Big Oil Big Sucks” t-shirts.
We all know this isn’t about “landowners’ rights”.
It is about a far far left wing agenda to move people to an agrarian society where people ride windmills to work and have “cars” made out of renewable bark.
Oh, and by the way, these are the same people who think it’s horrible for a company from the North to ask permission to come into the U.S. and Nebraska, but it’s really cool to leave the gate wide open for anyone to walk into the U.S. from the South.