Debate prep

On the eve of the 6pm debate tonight (Live on KMTV, and C-SPAN3), between Republican retired Brigadier General Don Bacon and Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford, the NRCC has a new ad out. See it here:

This is very straightforward: Brad Ashford is on Team Hillary and Team Pelosi. When they need him, he’ll be there.

Should be a fun debate, which you can actually let your kids watch. (You know, in theory.) But at this point, since the national pundits have called the race for Hillary, it will be a dodge and weave show for Brad Ashford to explain why he wouldn’t be supporting Hillary’s agenda and voting with Nancy Pelosi 80% of the time…again.


Bringing home the Bacon

And on the that same note, Don Bacon’s camp has released his quarterly fund raising numbers.

Bacon announced that he raised $525,000 in the last quarter. That compares his to $300,000+ in the last quarter and Brad Ashford’s $435,000 July quarterly receipts.

Political observers, who weren’t excited about Bacon’s numbers last quarter, are impressed by the jump for October.

One described the October jump as, “Headturning, unprecedented, meaningful and impressive.” Well then.

**UPDATE** The OWH reports that Democrat Brad Ashford is reporting bringing in $480,000 for the quarter.

Every indication is that #NE02 is still one of the top races in the country and will be competitive for all of the next 27 days…


Sing a Song of Sixpence

Governor Ricketts, you may have read, was on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln with Coby Mach, and discussed the cancellation of VP candidate Mike Pence’s Omaha fundraiser. Hear it here:

It’s only 6 minutes, and worth listening to.

A few of the main quotes…

What happened was we just ran into some logistical issues with all of this. So for example when the state party was organizing the fundraiser with Governor Pence we didn’t get the flyer back approved from the RNC until Sunday.

(Didn’t get the flyer approved?)

And just with the logistics of getting the VP candidate in here, and the secret service and everything, it just got to be that it wasn’t going to be able to happen this week, and we’re looking to reschedule.

Well, that’s specific…

But Ricketts — or anyone else for that matter — doesn’t seem to be rejecting Pence himself.

I’d be proud to stand on a stage Mike Pence anywhere. He’s been a friend of mine for about a decade. He is a man of high integrity, and I would absolutely hope that in the next month or so we can reschedule and get him back in Nebraska.

Of course, seeing as the election is in 27 days, after “a month or so” no one will care if Mike Pence is in Nebraska for another 3 years…

But Pence also cancelled a funder in New Jersey yesterday, so it looks like there’s a decent chance that Ricketts or the Nebraska GOP aren’t to blame.

But who knows what’s going on in the upper levels of Trump Tower at this point — beyond continuing a Twitter war with the GOP Speaker of the House.

Some suggest that Trump’s tilting against the Powers That Be is what got him to where he is today. The question remains — IF there’s still hope for him campaign — will, or would, that Us vs Them get him over the hump in the swing states?


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      • One of the Silent Majority says:

        His response to the whole Trump-tape issue was nothing but double-speak politi-talk; in other words, talking like a typical DC-insider. No thanks.

    • The Grundle King says:

      Trumpkins are hilariously/tragically short-sighted. They’d rather burn down the house than put up with a little squeak in the floor. They are truly idiotic…if only for the reason that they ACTUALLY BELIEVE that they’ll find someone who is electable AND represents their views.

    • The Eye Ball says:

      “One of the Silent Majority” you are the reason why people don’t support Trump. You are a walking hypocrite or fascist of both.

  1. Sausage Lover Now says:

    I’m feeling really betrayed by Bacon. How is Trump supposed to beat Hillary and MSM if all our RINOs jump ship?

    If Bacon can’t support The Donald, then I cannot support him.

  2. Jmurra says:

    Growing up with a father that served WWII, Korea and Viet Nam I have a sense of the honor and integrity that a military officer should have. General Bacon (as he demands to be called even tho he is retired) is à disappointment in his demeanor and attitude. He is making empty promises about what he will do when he gets to Washington.

    • Up in Omaha says:

      I know Don Bacon and he has NEVER insisted that I or other people call him General Bacon. You sir or mama are a liar and you should be ashamed.

  3. One of the Silent Majority says:

    We don’t need another Lee Terry representing Nebraska in Washington — so let’s vote for Ashford each election until the NE GOP finally puts forth an acceptable candidate for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District…some things are just worth waiting for.

  4. We said Trump would destroy the Republican Party. They didn’t listen. Now Trump is attacking members of his ‘own’ party, and Trumpkins are threatening not to vote for down-ballot candidates. The result may well be a 2009 Congress.

    I’m taking a break from here for a while. I’ve really gotten more fun from tweaking Trumpkins than any man should have in a lifetime. So I’ll see y’all late Nov. 8/early Nov. 9 with a one line message.

    Nyah nyah nyah.

    • One of the Silent Majority says:

      From my perspective, it was Trump who was attacked first by members of his “own” party — he is simply fighting back. I would expect nothing less from a Leader.

      • The Grundle King says:

        What party is Trump’s “own” party? He changes parties every few years, for no apparent reason.

        If Vince Powers suddenly registered as a Republican…would that make the Republican party “his” party? Surely not.

  5. Sparkles says:


    In an editorial in today’s Boston Globe, Anita Hill weighs on the topic du jour – victims of sexual harassment.

    The editorial opens –
    “TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ago Tuesday, amid a hotly contested political battle over a Supreme Court vacancy, I testified before Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexually harassing behavior of the nominee, Clarence Thomas. As being a target of harassment wasn’t bad enough, I was then victimized a second time by a smear campaign meant to protect the nomination.”

    • bynd says:

      So, you support Juanita Broaddrick, “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73 it never goes away.”
      Paula Jones, Well, she stood by her man, all right. And she allowed her husband to abuse women, to harass women, possibly other things that he did wrong to women. And she allowed it to happen. As a matter of fact, she would go out and she would try to discredit these women, including me,”

    • WIKI facts says:

      That’s unacceptable even for democrats in public sparkles, but you are a fact and figures guy what about e-mails today which proves the preponderance of evidence against the bigger crookedness than teapot dome. Answers to town hall questions, the (no)justice dept. the media. Not only was what everyone suspected but smoking gun proof, and you like it hell be dammed because you are a bogus clown

  6. Sparkles says:

    According to an exclusive story at The Hill –
    Steve Bannon, the CEO of both the Trump’s campaign and the toxic swill bucket that is Breitbart, believes he has the power to shape the Republican party to his own liking –
    “In December 2015, weeks after Ryan became Speaker, Bannon wrote in an internal Breitbart email obtained by The Hill that the “long game” for his news site was for Ryan to be “gone” by the spring.”

    It’s yet another indictment of the sham, the fraud, the pathetic joke that is today’s Republican party.
    The party of Trump, Breitbart, Joe Arpaio, Ted Nugent and WorldNut Daily.

  7. Sparkles says:

    Ed Kilgore is always an exceptional read – from New York magazine –
    “Why Donald Trump’s Campaign Could Prove to Be the Death of the Christian Right”

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