First, to start your weekend out right, a litte Separated at Birth, suggested by some Fantasy Football league that my Facebook app keeps suggesting…
“Zack Poff” and former Nebraska GOP Executive Director, Jordan McGrain!
The National Republican Congressional Committee (that’s the NRCC to you) has a new ad out hitting Brad Ashford.
See it here:
So if you really want to hear what the themes are for a campaign, listen to the candidates’ closing statements in the debate. It is there, when their opponent really can’t or won’t respond, that you hear what they’ll be running.
In last night’s Nebraska 2nd Congressional District debate, you heard Brad Ashford close with his, “I won’t vote to shut down the government and then use the pseduo-expletive,’Dang Straight!'”
And Terry closed with what we see the NRCC using above: Ashford has voted to raise taxes.
Over and over and over and over again.
This really shouldn’t be a big surprise to 2nd Distrcit voters. Ashford is a Big Government guy who believes that Government should be used to Change Your Life. He is a promoter or “Social Justice”, you see.
And what is Social Justice? Well it’s doing good things (you Neaderthal)!
And what sort of Good Things?
(If you have to ask, you Just Don’t Get It.)
And who decides what things are “Good”?
The Government, dummy.
And how will we implement those Good Things?
Well, we will all have to pitch in and pay our “fair share”, and by the way if you disagree with that concept, we will bring the full force of Government down upon you.
In any case, Brad Ashford is a “Let’s Do Good Things with Government!” kind of guy.
That is just who he is. And probably the real reason he became a Democrat.
And now he wants to show what he can do to, er FOR, you in Washington.
But he’ll never, ever utter the words, “Dang Straight!”
So you have that going for you.
As far as the debate itself went, we will say this:
The OWH’s Mike’l Severe is severly underrated (see what we did there?).
Robynn Tysver may be a decent writer (who occasionally “misrepresents facts”, particularly regarding this here blog), but what she is not, is a debate moderator.
She mismanaged time, cut off Terry and Ashford, let them drag on too long, asked incredibly detailed questions and then asked for 15 second answers.
And on more than one occasion asked them to speed up their 30 second answers to 15 seconds.
On little things like Foreign Poliocy.
The end result was a forum where little “debating” occurred, there were almost no follow-ups and the whole thing was rushed and disjointed. Hopefully the C-Span viewers in Ohio were entertained.
What did we learn?
Brad Ashford is playing it very, very safe.
He said two or three times, “I agree with Congressman Terry.”
He favors troops in Afghanistan, airstrikes in Syria and bombing Iran (maybe).
On an issue where he could have simply concurred with every other Midwest lawmaker, he deferred to Terry’s intelligence breifing.
At the end he finally took a shot at Terry on “war on women” stuff, which we think portents another DCCC ad. And of course he closed with refusing to be Dang Straight about anything.
But Ashford still came off as a guy who thinks he is ahead, and wasn’t going to strike out by swinging for the fences. He likely believes his victory lies in not coming off as a nice guy, while slowly chip-chipping away at Terry.
“It’s time for a change” is hardly, “I’m the best man for the job.”
And said by the guy who came in a distant 4th for Mayor of Omaha.
We want to follow up on the recent Senate debate brouhaha, mainly to, once again, show what happens in the media.
You may have seen that there was a U.S. debate in Hastings. Democrat Dave Domina and the other guys were there, but Ben Sasse was not. And THAT was the news story, in multiple sites. “Where was Ben???”
The Grand Island Independent’s Tracy Overstreet opened her story that “Only three of four U.S. Senate candidates attended a Sunday night debate…“. Joe Jordan at Nebraska Watchdog noted, “Ben Sasse accused of ducking issues again“.
Well, here is the closing paragraph from Yankee Lover, Don Walton, in the LJS after the actual last debate:
Sunday’s debate concluded a series of four forums and debates among Senate candidates.
Sasse said, after he won the GOP primary that he wanted to have more debates than Senator Deb Fischer and New Yorker Bob Kerrey had. And Sasse proposed 4 debates.
And we remember the political storm and newsstories THAT set off.
Only FOUR!??! Why, we should have 6, or even a half dozen!!!!
No? Not so much?
Right. So for the GII or Joe Jordan to give any creedence to the Democrats demand for more debates at this point — without noting that adding another debate at this point would be political malpractice for any campaign — is journalistic Three-card Monte.
See, the press loves these things because, 1) they get to ask the questions, 2) they get to seem smarter than the candidates, and 3) they get something new to talk about. Hey, we get it. The Beast needs to be fed. But The Beast also needs to be honest with its readers in their follow-up on being bummed that the overwhelming favorite is not going to chuck himself into a partisan forum.
“Partisan?” you ask?
Did ANYONE (in the press) note ANYTHING about the dude, Butch Hughes, who sponsored the “Great Debate”?
Yeah, he is a super anti-Keystone XL Pipeline guy — and guess who the anti-Pipeline lawyer is — who also is battling the Gubmint to get rid of…fluoride in the water.
But as Kevin Thomas of KLIN notes, the Hastings debate organizers, by putting up a Ben Sasse name card, microphone and empty chair, and their helpers in the press…
“…went out of their way to make it look like Ben Sasse had stood them up, when they knew full well that he wasn’t going to be there!“
The crazy thing is, the press figures it can continue to get away with this.
To just make stories up, give them the slant they want, and run with it.
Sure there are places liek this blog, or KLIN where you can get the whole story, but unfortunately, you just won’t always find a link to Leavenworth St. following the GII story.
Be sure to check back often.