The Democrats in Omaha currently have a nearly 8,000
vote absentee ballot request edge on the Republicans.
As Watchdog reported, the numbers look like this:
Democrat: 10,679, 65%
Republican: 3,352, 21%
Independent: 2,276, 14%
Libertarian: 34, less than 1%
We’re not saying some Republicans should be in panic mode, but those numbers spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E.
How could such a thing have happened? Well two things:
1) The Democrats clearly spent money and had a plan. (Hmm, where have we seen the Dems with extra money and a built-in fan base for this?)
2) The Republicans had No Plan, and did not spent any money (at least not anything significant) on pulling in “marginal voters” for early voting.
You may have seen the back-to-back stories about the Dems with the early voting advantage, and the the Minimum Wage campaign with $1.2 million raised for their campaign.
We will just assume that a nice chunk of that over a million bucks went to a PLAN to push early voting.
But some say, “So What! Republicans still have a registration advantage!”
Maybe. And they’re not likely to lose many races 80-20.
But…those early ballots represent voters who may not have bothered to vote. They represent many “Maybe”voters who the Dems just BANKED.
Let’s say that voter hears something Brad Ashford or Chuck Hassebrook or Burke Harr says that REALLY pisses them off, and they think, “‘I’m not voting for that S.O.B!”
Yeah, well guess what? Too late. Their vote has already been cast.
And then there are other GOPers who say, “Ashford? Hassebrook? Harr? We are not talking about them! We are talking about Raising the Minimum Wage!”
Well maybe, just maybe, Raise the the Minimum Wage activists took their lists of thousands of signators and focused on Democrats — especially those “Maybe” Democrats — and pushed THEM to vote early.
Heck of an idea huh? Oh, and they had $1.2 million bucks to play with.
Could the Nebraska Republicans done the same?
Oh sure, they didn’t have these particular built-in lists to work with. And it takes MONEY.
You may have noticed a few weeks back that the county GOP was putting together their “plan” to raise money for this cycle. Which is nice. Except that, as we noted then, that’s the time you should be SPENDING your cash. The GOP donors need to be hit much earlier, and stressed that this Minimum Wage issue is nice. But look what the Minimum Wagers are DOING with it.
For one, they just banked 10,000 Democrat votes.
Jonah Goldberg of National Review made a great point the other day. Democrats are not really interested in raising the minimum wage. They know it’s a job killer and generally bad economics. But they don’t care. Because you know what they really want?
They want Republicans to say they are AGAINST raising the minimum wage.
The Dems lick their chops and run back to their constituency and point at those Fat Cats with their pocket watches hanging off their 3-piece suits and screech, They don’t care about Poor People!
And the Dems have just gotten fired up. And donated money. And banked early voters.
And we will see if it means they have then turned close races.
If so, maybe it will mean that the State and County GOP and the GOP donors will finally realize how crucially important it is to spend money to use technology to GET THEIR VOTERS TO VOTE.
And, if possible, to BANK those votes. Early.
Well, at least the OWH set up a pretty nice ad for the Terry folks on the Good Time issue.
Then-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, a current Ashford supporter, but at the time an Ashford opponent in the Mayor’s race, told Ashford in a legislative hearing back in 2013:
“Right now, administratively, your Department of Corrections is letting those types of individuals (violent offenders) out on the streets of Omaha before their minimum sentence.“
“No, they aren’t.”
And now later Ashford says…
“Maybe I didn’t put two and two together. I don’t know.”
Maybe THERE’s a line that could possibly challenge “Dang Straight.”
If you are looking for something October Surprise-ish in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race, look no further than this: Dave Domina, Defender of Nazi War Criminals.
“Aw, c’mon!”, you say.
“It’s not like he’s bragging about this or anything!”
Er, no. He absolutely is. On his firm’s website. Under the heading “War Crimes”:
Domina Law Group pc llo’s Experience with War Crimes Cases
Certainly, defense of war crimes is not a specialty of Domina Law Group pc llo. But, the fact the firm had an opportunity to handle a case of this kind and was successful with it to the extent success could be expected, is a testament to the breadth and scope of the firm’s practice, and its ability to engage in complex litigation, involving extraordinary subjects, on terms producing results favorable to clients against the greatest of all odds.
Domina Law Group pc llo handled the defense of an American citizen in his 80s accused, as the last person to be charged in the United States with alleged war crimes committed during WWII. These cases have been uniformly successful for the Government. But Domina Law Group pc llo’s efforts resulted in acquittals on key parts, though not all, of the citizenship revocation proceedings they defended for a lifelong auto designer from suburban Detroit MI.
US v. Kalymon
541 F.3d 624 (6th Cir. 2008)
Well, that is one way to round out your website.
Domina is giving, “Better Call Saul!” a run for his money.
We don’t know how many meth dealers Domina has successfully defended, but we are guessing those are easier cases than your average Nazi War Criminal.
Domina tells the Washington Free Beacon that his critics, “have a very weak understanding of the responsibilities of a lawyer to provide professional services with objectivity.”
We must have missed the part where every lawyer is obligated to take on “suspected” Nazi War Criminals as clients.
And then brag about it on their website.
Lee Terry and Brad Ashford had an i impromptu debate at “Big Mama’s Kitchen” in North Omaha the other day, and whaddaya know, the moderator stuck it too Terry right from the get go.
As reported by the OWH:
[Moderator Willie] Hamilton opened the debate by telling the candidates and the crowd of over 100 that he wasn’t “going to allow Willie Horton or any of that bull to be brought in here and used as a basis to elect anybody. … I’m tired of people using certain things to get a vote at the detriment of my community.’’ It was a clear chastisement of Terry for his press conference last week seeking to link Ashford to accused killer Nikko Jenkins.
Well isn’t that nice. Terry agrees to go to a forum, and immediately is whacked by the moderator.
And you wonder why candidates take so much time when agreeing to debates.
Of course, it is likely that Ashford didn’t want to be up there much more than Terry, but he must have been immediately comforted knowing the ambush was there for Terry and not him.
And she told her readers this was a race of space cadet/Lucky Dude Brad Ashford who has walked into a race he could very well win, versus “Dang Straight” Lee Terry. Really not much you haven’t heard before, but it is always interesting to get the national perspective.
A few take aways:
- The headline of the article is, “Meet the House Republican Still Sweating the Shutdown“. But the URL of the article, which was likely the original headline, is “the-lee-terry-apology-tour-continues“.
- We don’t think much of his sincerity, but Ashford did come up with a good line about the “Dang Straight” comment: “The comment reflects the sense that being in Congress is a job when in fact it’s public service.”
- Hope Bob Krist enjoyed his support by the GOP. Cause that’s over. But at least he may get some sympathy, LITERALLY, from Joe Biden, with this line, “There’s a litany of times when [Terry] has literally stuck his 10.5 [size shoe] in his mouth.” Literally! And Bob Krist has LITERALLY dug a hole for himself. LITERALLY!
- “Brad marches to the beat of his own drum,” says Heath Mello. And the Politico reporter says, “Democrats are fully behind Ashford.” Well, they’re not likely to crap on someone with a “D” after their name. But you can bet that, at this point, they’re PISSED that Pete Festersen or any other ACTUAL Democrat didn’t run. This is appearing as their Golden Opportunity to take the seat, and they have a former Republican running. You can bet that chafes some who know that Ashford “isn’t one of them.”
And late this morning, the NRCC has a new ad up hitting Ashford.
See it here.
We still doubt you’ve seen the last of this.
And finally, we cracked up at state Senator Steve Lathrop saying,
“I will not be pulled into any attempt to make the murders of four innocent people a political issue, no matter what.”
Ooh! “No matter what”!
Said the guy who crashed Lee Terry’s press conference (with Sen. Krist) to grandstand on the issue.
Of course, we guess you can’t be “pulled in” if you’ve already seated yourself there, right?