Yesterday on his radio show on the Mighty 1290 KOIL, Tom Becka fleshed out his reasoning for why he is voting for Brad Ashford in Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional race.
(Click here, and go to the 2 segments from 10/23 on Lee Terry, to hear the replays.)
And we are calling bullsh*t.
The gist of Becka’s reasoning is that Terry has gone beyond the pale with the Nikko Jenkins references in his ads.
Becka says they are false and unfair.
He goes on to ask, “what has Terry accomplished?”
He notes that we still have the deficit, Ebola and no Nebraska football championships under Terry.
(One of those we made up.)
Becka goes on to note that while he does not agree with many of Ashford’s positions, he points out that Ashford will be in minority, and really can’t do anything — which apparently he feels is a good thing.
He admits that Ashford won’t accomplish anything with any “plan” of his.
But, Becka says, Terry’s ads are so bad that he doesn’t want to “reward” him for them.
So he is voting for Ashford.
Are Terry’s ads unfair? Or racist?
Well, Brad Ashford’s actions regarding the “Good Time” have been a series of denials.
The Omaha Police Officer’s Association asked him to to re-review it back in March of 2013.
Then Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle challenged Ashford about it in front of his Legislative Committee.
Nikko Jenkin’s murder spree brought new attention to it.
And Ashford has even admitted that he “didn’t put 2+2 together” regarding it.
So Brad Ashford has had the issue thrown in his face time and time and time again, but refuses to take steps to fix it.
So why does Tom Becka want to reward ASHFORD for these actions?
Ashford has proven he’s tone deaf.
Ashford has proven he is stubborn – especially if he is in the middle of a Mayor’s race, or a Congressional race where Heaven Forbid he admit he could be wrong.
Ashford does not and will not listen to repeated warnings
And when Nikko Jenkins actions slap everyone in the face, Ashford STILL won’t work to fix it.
These are all valid points to make in a campaign.
So is it tough to use the example of Jenkins on Ashford?
Yes. But apparently even cracking a 2×4 over Ashford’s head won’t get him to budge on an issue if he is in the middle of a campaign.
And THAT’s who Tom Becka wants to reward? Someone who refuses to learn?
Heck, lots of GOPers didn’t like TARP (after it all went bad).
And they blame Lee Terry for voting for it.
But AT LEAST Terry said, “hey that was bad, and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t have voted for it.”
You don’t hear Terry being stubborn and failing to learn from what he admits was a mistake.
Oh, and hey by the way, if you’re looking for an actual ridiculous accusation, you have Brad Ashford making the insinuation that Terry was responsible for Ebola. (Which even the Wash Post ID’d as ridiculous.)
And Becka thinks Ashford is harmless?
Oh, he’ll just be a worthless Democrat!
Sure, until 2 years, or 4 years or 6 years down the road when the Dems threaten to take over the House, and he’s the deciding vote.
Oh, Sweeper! That’s so far down the road! That (probably) won’t happen! And then we can vote him out anyway!
Well, we’re glad you’re so confident.
We’d like to know how many Dems thought they could kick Lee Terry out in 2 or 4 years.
And let’s not kid ourselves; Brad Ashford is not running on any “issues”.
He’s running on Lee Terry saying something dumb.
He’s not even running on the whole government shutdown, because that’s just the McGuffin in his ad to get to Terry saying, “Dang straight” and “nice house”.
Now you can argue, “that’s a good enough reason to vote him out.” But that’s not what Becka is saying. He’s saying “Ashford is campaigning on the ‘the issues’ and Terry is not.”
But Ashford’s past and present legislative positions ARE issues, whether Becka likes them or not.
Whether it makes him squirm or not.
And we’ve discussed the use of the Nikko Jenkins video and photo. Yes, he is a freaky looking dude with his face and head all tatted up. But as we pointed out, if you’re a white guy covered from head to toe in tattoos, you are are also freaky looking.
And the last time we checked, there wasn’t a news outlet in town that DIDN’T use Nikko’s pictures in their stories.
Now we will say this: We think the whole “beheadings” ad is way more tangential than the Nikko Jenkins one. But it is no more tangential than Ashford’s Ebola argument. And if you are comparing the two main ad campaigns, “Good Time” is more about issues than “Dang Straight”.
So is Becka grandstanding here because it is good radio?
Come on now.
**UPDATE for PBLs***
I can only do so much magic for Tom.
But here’s his request for an SAB with him and George Clooney:
Ben Sasse is going after the votes of immigrants from Spain.
Hear his latest ad here here:
We are in the process of getting the transcript.
In the mean time, call David Kramer and he can let you know what the narrator is saying here.
**UPDATE – here ya go***
Ben Sasse grew up working in the fields every summer here in Nebraska.
Ben Sasse creció trabajando todos los veranos en los campos aquí en Nebraska.
The son of a teacher, his family taught him the value of a good education and hard work.
Hijo de un maestro, su familia le enseño el valor de una buena educación y la importancia del trabajo.
Ben Sasse believes government must do better for people trying to build the American Dream.
Ben Sasse esta convencido que el gobierno tiene que hacer más por las personas tratando de conseguir el sueño Americano.
Ben’s great great grandparents were immigrants to America–he knows that immigrants built this great country;
Los tatarabuelos de Ben fueron inmigrantes a América –el sabe que los inmigrantes construyeron este gran país.
Ben Sasse is running for the Senate and wants your support.
Ben esta postulando para el Senado y quiere su apoyo.
We need people like Ben. He recognizes the value of good paying jobs, letting working people keep more of their hard earned money, and making Government work for the people. And Ben wants to make sure that future generations can get a good quality education.
Nosotros necesitamos personas como Ben. El reconoce la importancia de un buen trabajo, quiere que nos quedemos con mas de nuestro dinero, y cree que el gobierno debe ser para el pueblo. Ben quiere asegurar que las futuras generaciones pueden tener una buena educación.
Ben Sasse. Big Solutions. More opportunity for everyone.
Ben Sasse. Grandes Soluciones. Más oportunidades para todos.
I’m Ben Sasse, and I approve this message. Paid for by Ben Sasse for U.S. Senate, Inc.
(Why is the tagline in English? There is no official U.S. language, so we would have to think that if Sasse had rattled that off in Spanish, that would meet the requirements, right? ¿Por qué no hablas español, Ben?)
Hide your Beer Brats! Chris Christie will be tailgating at the Husker game with Pete Ricketts Saturday!
Please send your camera phone pics of Christie playing Corn-Hole to us, and we will Tweet them out.
(So does Christie feign support for Nebraska football on this visit? Or does he show up in Rutgers gear? And the over/under on references to Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album?)
And the Sasse camp announced that none other than Mitt Romney will be coming to Nebraska to campaign with Ben in Hastings on October 27th.
Not sure which guy this says more about. We would note that we like Romney, and wish he won the last election.
But trekking all the way to Hastings (sorry, Hastonians…Hastingsers…Hastingsites…dudes from Hastings, but it’s not exactly a travel hub) for a Senate candidate waaaay out in front?
And if Romney is trying to re-establish himself, it’s not exactly in the Iowa media market.
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