The Nebraska Dems have a new wave of ads up.
Let’s take a look!
Democrat Governor candidate Chuck Hassebrook has a new negative ad up of people pretending to listen to him.
See it here:
Pols from both parties do these spots (though the Dems are taking advantage of them here) and they’re generally terrible.
They get a Coke commercial of “supporters” standing or sitting around them in a weird half circle, and they all stand there with a goofy mannequin half-grin on their faces, their heads nodding in the breeze. They are are certainly not listening to what the candidate is saying, and have that look of, “my sister is never going to believe I’m in a TV commercial!”
Hassebrook here is standing (in casual suspenders?) in a park somewhere jawwing on about how poor he was growing up. The ad is literally called, “Pinched pennies“. And you can tell Hassebrook was “poor” because his family couldn’t afford color film and they lived in the era when everyone wore hats.
Don’t worry, you don’t really have to listen to the ad to get the gist.
Here’s the gist: “Pete Ricketts is a RICH guy, and my family all wore hats!”
And we will tell you this: The Ricketts camp has a point about the class-warfare stuff in this ad.
Hassebrook comes out saying, “Unlike Pete Ricketts, I wasn’t born to a rich family.”
Except that Joe Ricketts didn’t make his money until Pete was much older.
And Hassebrook knows this.
So, your Democrat Regent here is a liar, who knows that he’s lying.
And we can stomach if he says “Pete will do this,” or “Pete said that,” even when those accusations are off base. But lying about someone’s bio is actually pretty low.
Of course, for Dems, that’s nothing new.
And then Hassebrook has another ad claiming that Pete Ricketts is soft on crime, much like Brad Ashford (…wait a minute!).
See it here:
First, you’ll notice that Hassebrook is wearing neither suspenders, nor a hat.
Next, is what Pete’s saying so crazy? The legislature needs to change the law (which we’re guessing he would sign).
And C, someone get Hassebrook out of the street so we can get our car past!
Otherwise, nice visuals from Chuck with the Omaha cops — even though the “buck stops at my desk” was a tired cliche after it was used non-stop the 1940s.
Democrat Brad Ashford has a new ad up for the NE-02 race.
See it here:
As you could guess, the ad from some national Democrat group is all about how Ashford will be a solid vote for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, just like 2nd District voters will want him to be.
Oh wait, no, it’s about Terry saying, “Dang straight.”
We at least like the graphics they used with the lines turning on their sides, and such.
We did chuckle when for their “Republicans condemned…” line, they quote…MSNBC? Now THERE’s a news source all Nebraskans trust.
We also crack up at the constipated people they show at the end, in bad lighting.
What’s the casting call?
“We need some averagely attractive people — not ugly, mind you — but sort of…frumpy! And we need them to look mildly pissed off! Like someone just made an off-color joke about their nephew. Who we got?!”
We would just note that the OWH cries and cries and cries that “Lee Terry can’t run on his record after 16 years???“. Yet here is Brad Ashford, who has spent his life in politics, and he hasn’t had an ad talking about THING ONE he would do as a Congressman.
He hasn’t talked about how he would vote with the Democrats at least 80% of the time — which he would.
He hasn’t talked about all the bills he plans to pass as a Freshman Democrat in the Minority party.
He hasn’t talked about how he wants to use government to achieve more Social Justice.
We are just waiting for THOSE ads in these finals days of the campaign.
But as long as we are talking about Nebraska’s 2nd District rase, here is a video of Democrat former-Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle in front of Brad Ashford’s committee, telling Ashford that criminals are getting out of prison and onto the streets of Omaha too early.
And, as you watch in the video, there is Ashford telling Suttle that he is wrong.
That criminals AREN’T getting out too early.
You got that 2nd District voters?
That clear enough for you?
(We aren’t sure if this can be, or will be a TV ad, but boy it should be.)
A local political made a point to us about the whole “Nikko” ad stuff.
You will note that for some reason, the NRCC ads featuring Nikko Jenkins have ben labeled as “racist” because…well, we have yet to hear any specific reason why, exactly. As we have noted, Jenkins is a freaky looking guy because of his tattooed face, not because of his race.
But let’s say, for arguments sake, that it IS racist to put Jenkins face everywhere.
Just in general.
Why does everyone know what he looks like in the first place?
Where did you see that tatted forehead first?
You saw it, constantly, on local TV and in the Omaha World-Herald.
Have there been many stories about him that DIDN’T have his mugshot featured?
Hey, and there’s Democrat Dave Domina for U.S. Senate talking at a semi-circle of people with his corporate agriculture herbicide company logo!
Let’s see his bevy of new ads!
First a semi-circle of people, here:
And the 100% take-away is…What’s with the guy with the green coffee cup! No one said beverages were allowed in this shoot! He’s not even looking at Dave while he furiously nods his head! And who’s idea was it to flank Dave with two hipster dudes?! You’re blowing the chick vote!
OK, let’s just move onto the next one here…
Again with the green coffee cups!
Who came up with this campaign font?
And what’s that in front of Dave? Is that a water carafe or a GIANT creamer?
Or is Dave just drinking a LOT of coffee?
He has clearly been talking at semi-circles of people for quite some time, so we can see why he needs the extra pick-me-up.
And for this last one, well, we will post it here, and we will try not to be too harsh.
So here is a CLIENT of Domina’s with a disabled child.
We won’t be too mean about someone who is clearly emotional. We don’t really blame her.
But John Edwards did this same stuff Domina is doing here when he was running — showing how much he got from insurance companies for his clients.
So, tell us Dave, was this a Pro-Bono case? Much like we are sure most of your cases have been as you have amassed your $80 million+ fortune, taking 1/3 of the cash from your clients?
No, of course not. It’s a job, and you charge them.
But thanks for throwing a disabled client in there to ask Nebraskans to vote for you.
Right now everyone is talking about their Get Out the Vote mobilization.
Here is an article talking about that for the Colorado race.
We will see to what extent the campaign “ground games” really do-it for the various candidates.
So, on that point, the Washington Post talked to a few experts who have been studying this, about what “ground games” can actually do, and what is effective.
(The whole thing is not that long, and worth your read.)
The gist they come up with is, that with an awesome ground game, a statewide or (probably) even Congressional campaign can hope to make up — MAX — a 3% difference. And that’s with an “awesome” campaign of door-to-door and GOTV and calling supporters and all that.
They note that the most effective strategy is to get those voters who they have I.D.’d as “Very Likely Voters”, who they KNOW are on their side, who wouldn’t otherwise be going to the polls, to go out and vote.
That’s a trick, yeah? And they note that the most effective method is a door-to-door, personal request. They sort of pooh-pooh mail and TV.
We would say that for City Council and state legislative races, this is absolutely the case. You can win one of those races by actually walking door to door to appeal to voters. (And you, reader, have likely experienced this yourself.)
But the story notes to be leery of those campaigns who tell you they will make up the 10 point deficit with their GOTV. If they’re just talking about the final week, it probably ain’t happening.
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