The OWH picked Democrat Brad Ashford over Republican incumbent Congressman Lee Terry. The LJS chose Independent Jim Jenkins over either Republican Ben Sasse or Democrat David Domina for the seat being vacated by Republican Mike Johanns.
In each of the endorsements, the papers noted that their chosen candidate would be “independent”.
The OWH gushed that Ashford is someone, “for whom political party matters little.”
The LJS rhapsodized, “Imagine the U.S. Senate with a handful of sensible independents.”
Ah, those untouchable, magical independents. Remember how much all the news outlets would long for the Independents back in the days when the Democrats had a firm grip on the Senate and the House? There was no chance of a Republican takeover, but do you recall how the newsies would just get that starry-eyed look when talking about how the “I’s” would control Congress?
Not so much?
Oh yeah. Right. Back in those days, the real talk was about how we needed to change the rules of the Senate so the Republicans couldn’t filibuster and block that awesome legislation that the Senate needed for Barack Obama to Make Things Happen. Oh, and we didn’t care about the House because Nancy Pelosi had a firm grip and wasn’t going to let Dems get away.
It’s those Republicans and their “bickering” who have bottled things up! Why, the Democrats would LIKE to do some good in Congress, but the Republicans just get in the way! And if they control BOTH Houses of Congress??
Well, buh, fwwppp…..WE NEED INDEPENDENTS!
They will keep Republicans….er…BOTH parties in check!
Yeah, that’s the Independent ticket.
Because, see, Independents are perfect for the media. The media sees ITSELF as independent. No labels. Just looking out for the good of the country, donchaknow.
Wait, doesn’t close to 90% of members of the media vote Democrat? Oh, don’t you nevermind that! They are registered Independents, who just happen to vote for who they think — nay, KNOW — is best!
When looking at someone like a Brad Ashford, who is just itching to do some Social Justice with your tax dollars, the OWH salivates. Take a Jim Jenkins, (who we hear is polling around 5%), who waaaasssss a Democrat, and the hearts of the LJS skip a beat at his “crooked grin that belies a contemplative nature.”
Yeah, they actually wrote that.
The LJS finishes up, “Imagine the U.S. Senate with a handful of sensible independents to tip the balance in favor of workable solutions.”
Now folks, take a WILLLLD guess at which party’s “workable solutions” they actaully like…
Over on the #NE02 side, Democrat Brad Ashford has a new ad out, called, “Brad Ashford – Disgusting” pushing back at Terry’s “Good Time” law ads.
See it here:
To defend himself Ashford brings out Tom freaking Monaghan as, what? Some sort of “independent voice of the judiciary? Oh, you mean former Nebraska Democrat Party Chairman Tom Monaghan? THAT Tom Monaghan?
And then there’s retired Judge Ronald E. Reagan also going to Ashford’s corner. That would be former Lyndon Johnson delegate to the Democrat Convention and 1970 Democrat Lt. Governor candidate, Ronald E. Reagan.
My, how those independent sounding law dawgs have fine Democrat pedigrees….
The Sasse-abago has a new ad out.
See it here:
We aren’t saying that Sasse has this wrapped up, but the debate now seems to be what his margin of victory will be. Nate Silver puts it somewhere between +10 and +35, with +23 being the current guess.
And don’t forget that the LJS, before saying how “former” Democrat Jim Jenkins would change Congress, noted Sasse, “may be destined to make his mark on history.”
As we Twittered late Friday, YouGov/CBS/NYT finally has new polling numbers for the Nebraska Governor’s race.
They look like this:
Pete Ricketts: 56%
Chuck Hassebrook: 35%
It turns into a bit of a chicken and egg thing, but if Republican voters begin to think that they don’t have to turn out for a Ricketts or Sasse victory, what does that do to the very close 2nd District House race and the the very close Unicameral races?
(Sure you can say, that the numbers wouldn’t be that high unless people were already turning out, but what does it do for those voters on the margins?)
The post-election analysis will be intriguing.
Hey, and just for closure’s sake, we want to double-back on the review of the Absentee Ballot Requests we discussed in the last post. As we had updated, those were REQUESTS, and not actual votes in yet.
Obviously the actual vote numbers will be lower, but that request number is still significant.