The NRCC put up a new ad today, hitting the 5 year anniversary of ObamaCare.
See it here:
You will note at the end, they included Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressman on their hit list:
Maybe not the last time.
ICYMI, there will be a “Special Announcement” from retired Brigadier General Don “Bits” Bacon tomorrow (Tuesday):
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If this is anything less “special” than his announcement for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat, it will be a surprise.
More to come!
The OWH wrote an “interesting” editorial the other day — and of course that’s “interesting” if you find “bias” to be “interesting”.
And it is an “editorial” so that means “reporting” goes by the “way-side” because “they” can “write” whatever “they” want.
(OK, enough with quotation marks, but you get the point…)
The OWH wrote up this elegent thing about how independent Brad Ashford is in Congress, because he doesn’t vote party line…just like their other favorite Nebraska Senators!
Let’s see their list of “non-party-line” Senators:
Chuck Hagel, a Republican, did it. So did Ben Nelson, a Democrat. As did Democrats Bob Kerrey and Jim Exon.
Well, how about a little detail, right?
These are votes. How about some percentages?
Chuck Hagel, 110th Congress…79% party line voting.
Ooooh! Pretty independent!
Uh… well, let’s look at the rest of his voting:
Hmm. Not so “independent”, huh?
How about that?
Well, then how about Ben “Cornhusker Kickback” Nelson?
He was known for being super conservative, and non-party, right?
Depends on the term.
112th Congress, sort of indepedent of the Dems at 85%.
But go back to the 111th Congress, and he’s right up there at 93%.
(Must have made Brad Ashford and the rest of the OWH Ed board weep.)
The next 3 he was at 81%, 63% and 72%. Pretty low.
Ah, but when he came right out of the box in the 107th Congress he was at…90% party-line!
(Oh, and coincidentally, that 63% up there you see for Nelson just happened to be Nelson’s re-election year, against Pete Ricketts. How about that!)
Well, let’s look at the OWH’s paragon of virtue, Rockin’ Bob Kerrey.
90% party-line in his last 106th Congress.
Then, going backwards, he was 87%, 84%, 93%, 87%.
Wait a minute! Cosmic..er…Saint Bob Kerrey voted 93% party-line!?!?
Hmm. So maybe we should compare him, to…I don’t known the MOST CURRENT SENATORS — whom the OWH conveniently left out of their little list of supers:
Mike Johanns went (going backwards): 89%, 87%, 92%.
Seems to be right “up there” with Kerrey.
And then Deb Fischer was, in the last Congress, 94%.
If we do the math, we see that Deb Fischer’s 94 is…1% higher than Kerrey’s 93%.
Now of course the Nebraska Dems HAVE to vote more conservatively than their couterparts from Massachusetts and California, because (take a minute to ponder this) Nebraskans are more conservative.
But how about the fact that Johanns’ average party-line voting was 89% and Hagel’s was 90%. And take out Hagel’s last Congress voting of 79%, and he’s at a whopping 92%. My, my, my.
Yes, yes, “Big surprise! The OWH is biased!”
But if they aren’t called out here, then where?
A frequent reader threw out an interesting scenario for Congressman Brad Ashford: Run for re-election as…an Independent.
The aforementioned OWH would practically melt with enthusiasm, yeah?
And it would be a total Ashford move — and one he has made before. And it would match his current voting and lack of campaign activity as well.
We have asked around a bit, and it isn’t on anyone else’s radar (yet).
And, it would take away the ONE advantage Ashford has — money from the DCCC and the rest of the Democrat party.
Is there an upside in that scenario?
In theory, let’s say in the 2nd, 1/3 goes to the Dem (let’s say a Pete Festersen), 1/3 to the Republican (let’s say…well, let’s not say) and then Ashford could come up with 1/3rd of Independents. And then peel off some from either side.
Again, that’s an interesting way to go — if Ashford really thought he was going to lose, and there was no other way. But if he can still get the Dems and the I’s (in theory), why not go that way?
Well, in any case, no one will really be surprised at what Ashford does next.
(Because he’s so independent, you see!)
Some interesting conversations from the GOP Central Committee meeting. Some say Senator Ebke got lots of in-her-face lobbying on WTA.
Ebke herself says, reportedly, “nobody ever talked to me about it.”
In any case, as we’ve heard, “If Ricketts had done a better job of communicating with Murante he could have bottled it up longer in the Government committee and seen whether some trading could be done, or avoided the embarrassment.“
Well, at least the Gov and his staff should be cactus-tanned, rested and ready for votes to come…
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