Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford has a new ad out. At least it appears to be for Brad. It also might be a “Jerry Ryan” ad. In any case, here it is:
The ad pleads, “Brad Ashford wasn’t there to vote for ObamaCare!”
Right, all he’s done is support the Democrat leader who said we had to pass it to find out what’s in it.
And 20,000 Nebraskans found out that they just lost their health care because of ObamaCare’s failures.
And as the NRCC notes, Ashford “joined Nancy Pelosi in voting against repealing the law’s tax hikes, onerous mandates, and more than $700 billion in cuts to Medicare that hurt our seniors.”
But Ashford’s ad is correct: There were no Republicans in Congress who voted for ObamaCare.
Too bad there wasn’t one less Democrat who did.
Think of the recruits!
The OWH’s sportswriter, Sam McKeown, writes in the paper a woe-is-us article about how tough recruiting will be now that the Governor and some of the Regents have criticized the Husker football players who kneeled during the national anthem.
He writes, “…elected officials tend to tread lightly when it comes to critiquing any aspect of Husker football.”
After a laundry-list of writers who don’t agree with Governor Pete Ricketts and Regent Hal Daub, McKeown adds…
“When three young black men — who happen to be football players — speak up about their personal experiences and what they perceive to be injustice, consider how it looks nationally when, within roughly 24 hours, two older white elected officials put in their two critical cents.”
Oh, now they just “happen to be football players“? Because just a paragraph ago, it was ALL about them being football players.
So don’t let McKeown and others kid themselves: This ALL about them being football players, in their school football uniforms, specifically, at their football game.
So elected officials are supposed to simply sit on their hands and not speak out on what is a political issue at the state run University?
If no one had noticed, or said anything, the players would have considered it a failure. The whole POINT was to get people riled up. Are we to understand that the players were so naive that they did not think they would receive harsh, and sometimes even way out-of-bounds criticism from every yahoo on the internets? They didn’t see THAT coming?
If anyone is concerned about recruiting, it should be the players — who specifically decided to jam a stick into a hornets nest to see what would happen.
These players COULD have expressed their concerns and — if it was really what they were looking for — asked for a meeting with the school President. Or the Regents. Or, heck, why not even the Governor?
There are any number of options they could have chosen instead of kneeling during the National Anthem. But few of those options would have stirred things up as much as this. And they probably wouldn’t have made national news either.
But hey, if you’re a football fan, consider this: Mike Riley can now go out to recruits and tell them, “I’ve got your back. Even though there are haters out there, I won’t let you swing in the wind.” Or some such.
That should REALLY be what they want, right?
They can thank Daub and Ricketts later…
Stumping and polling
As noted in today’s morning post, Donald Trump came to the Omaha metro area to the message of a cheerful poll in Nebraska’s 2nd District:
That is along with the Hillary campaign headquarters (plural), staff, TV and Warren Buffett pledges to give DQ sundaes to every Hillary voter across the metro. (Or did I miss-hear the last part?)
And of course Trump’s numbers are much higher in the 1st, 3rd and statewide.
But it would not be wise for Trump to sit on his Omaha laurels. As a swing-ish district, a Hillary surge could easily make it neck-and-neck. If things change and she starts to pull away, don’t be surprised to see Omaha get very tight.
In the mean time, the Trump train should keep on chugging.
(Because that’s how you stay a step ahead on the talk of Nebraska politics!)