Bacon confident, Ashford flustered in #NE02 debate

“Brad talks about being bipartisan. It was a so-called ‘bipartisan Democrat’ who gave us the deciding vote on ObamaCare.”


And thus the boom was lowered by Republican retired Brigadier General Don Bacon on Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford in their debate last night.

Ashford talked throughout about how he was bipartisan and worked with other members — then admitted he wasn’t familiar with the GOP proposal to replace ObamaCare.

He said he voted with Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi than lots of his Democrat colleagues — only 80% of the time with her.

“He’s only a moderate (when compared to) California or New York, not Nebraska,” Bacon countered.

These and other points got Ashford clearly flustered, as he glowered and frowned throughout the debate.


Ashford also exhibited a strange tic during the debate, when he was writing on his note pad WHILE trying to answer questions.


A good chunk of the first part of the debate was focused on military and international issues — points right in Bacon’s wheelhouse, where he answered crisply while solid on the issues.

At one point, Ashford argued that the U.S. should establish no-fly zones in Syria. But retired Air Force General Bacon pointed out that Russia currently runs the skies in Syria and to try to put in such a position would mean direct conflict with Russia.

Ashford didn’t seem to get the point.

Later when proposing questions to each other, Bacon asked if Ashford was familiar with the hit-list ISIS has put out on a city in the district. Ashford couldn’t come up with it (not surprisingly, Bellevue).

But the follow up by Bacon also allowed him to point out that he has been endorsed by the Mayors of Bellevue and Papillion, as well as the local law enforcement.

Bacon ended the debate, getting the last word, and adding the zinger up above.

It was a solid night for the General.


  1. Bluejay says:

    Vince Powers went crazy on Twitter claiming ISIS hit list doesn’t exist and is ISIS propaganda. Jane Kleeb was too busy protesting against electricity to be bothered to watch.

  2. Stan says:

    This reads like it was written before the debate even happened, which it probably was. At least you waited until after the debate to publish it.

    • What, you mean with all of the quotes from the debate and photos from the debate and commentary about what happened at the debate, after live-Tweeting the debate?

      Rock on.
      And thanks for “reading”.

      • Anonymous says:

        I dunno … there is an awfully nice golf course at Mullen … and them mullahs and imams don’t care much for golf – it’s a sinful, decadent past-time.

      • Bluejay says:


        The golf course is miles from Mullen. Mullen is just the address. Hooker County probably larger than CT. No escape route.

  3. Sparkles says:

    ISIS would surely have loved last night’s debate.
    Had they knowledge of it, they would no doubt be jumping up and down with joy and praising Allah.
    Grateful that Don Bacon was so kind as to give such public voice to their tactics of fear.

    To be clear, these “ISIS kill lists” are propaganda tools. Their aim is to strike fear in the heart of Americans.
    ISIS has cranked our many such “kill lists”.

    The “kill list” Don Bacon so graciously promoted was made public in March of 2015 and includes 23 states and 55 cities:
    Texas: Abilene, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Wyle, Fort Hood, Bedford, Killeen
    Indiana: Michigan City, Bolivar
    Michigan: Dearborn Heights, Lake Orion
    Connecticut: Barkhamsted, Manchester
    Nevada: Reno
    Georgia: Griffin
    Maryland: Upper Marlboro, Warrensburg, Lexington Park
    Arizona: Phoenix
    Louisiana: Shreveport, Bossier City
    South Carolina: Daniel Island, Charleston
    North Carolina: Fayetteville, New Bern
    Virginia: Burke, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Springfield, Norfolk, Chesapeake
    Colorado: Colorado Springs
    California: Hanford, Solvang, San Ardo, Monterrey, Newberry Park, Carlsbad
    New Mexico: Farmington
    North Dakota: Minot
    South Dakota: Rapid City
    Florida: Merritt Island, Palm Coast, Saint John, Middleburg, Saint Augustine
    Washington: Colton, Cheney, Seattle, Spokane, Anacortes
    Nebraska: Bellevue
    Illinois: Orland Park
    Rhode Island: Newport
    Idaho: Bonners Ferry

    Another of the many lists that was distributed in June of 2016 includes names, addresses, and emails of 8,318 people.
    People living in the US, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, Trinidad, and Tobago.
    7,848 Americans are listed, 1,445 from California, 643 in Florida, 341 in Washington, 333 in Texas, 331 in Illinois, and 290 in New York.

    The Wall Street Journal (May 10, 2016) reported that although such lists are by necessity taken seriously by law enforcement and counter-terrorism officials, the lists appear to be nothing more than reproductions of data about unrelated people gathered from public websites.

    FACT –
    Don Bacon played into the hands of ISIS terrorists last night by propagating what is clearly recognized by everyone informed on the subject to be propaganda.

    Therefore, here’s your choice:
    1) After 30 years in service Don Bacon still lacks the critical thinking skills to understand he is aiding ISIS by giving voice to their fear tactics.
    2) He knows he is aiding ISIS, but the potential political gain is too great to resist.

    • bynd says:

      Heard on Al Jazerra the ratings for the Bacon/Ashford debate in the middle east…..crickets.

      All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it;the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

      What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

      I do believe Gerard has the best plan.

  4. Bluejay says:

    ISIS terror cells from MN can just drive down I – 29 and start killing and stabbing at the nearest Sarpy County mall. It already happened in St. Cloud.

    • Sparkles says:

      The person who stabbed ten people at the mall in Minneapolis was a 22 year old American citizen, a graduate of Apollo High School in St. Cloud where he was a good student, more interested in sports than religion. After graduation he enrolled in the St. Cloud State University.

      Nevertheless, you should be afraid.
      You should be very afraid.

      • Bluejay says:

        Yeah, it is all a joke until it happens here.

        By all means, we need more Middle Eastern refugees here. Too bad Hillary and Barack failed in the Middle East and caused the chaos.

      • Bluejay says:

        The problem is The Religion of Peace. There will always be thousands – if not millions – of Muslims ready to chop off your head or blow you to bits.

      • Sparkles says:

        It requires the attention span of gnat to posit that it was the failure of Obama and Hillary that lead to the destabilization and chaos that has spread throughout the mideast.

        In the same fashion that it was the failure of Mary, Queen of Scots’ to duck, that lead to her by death by decapitation.

  5. Please Bacon save us from Islamic Terrorism says:

    Probably none of the GOP reading L Street would care, but the facts are islamic terrorism is NOT a threat to Nebraska.
    People are more likely to die from a dog bite or a cow or television falling on them from a terrorist.
    That is a fact, but L Street readers won’t acknowledge it.
    Stop letting Bacon lie to you people!

    • repenting lawyer says:

      Bluejay, you may be right but so far Christian extremists have done more harm in USA, and the risks of death from falling out of bed is greater than either. In your foxhole falling out of bed probably is not a danger, and with our Senator and Congressman back in there with you, you can use them as shields.
      Though agreement between France and UK at end of WW I messed up Middle East, did POTUS or HRC negotiate that or did HRC fail to send help to Battle of the Camel?

      • Bluejay says:


        1. I understand the statistical analysis re threats and Obama uses it too. But as we saw on 9-11, the Religion of Peace is very determined and clever. Box cutters brought down two giant buildings. And with each success, it grows. And they never quit. Been at it for 1,000 years.

        2. Barack and Hillary told us that they would use smart power and diplomacy to solve the world’s problems, but things got way worse. They failed the expectations game.

  6. repenting lawyer says:

    Bluejay, I learned risk analysis from Learned Hand. I am skeptical of your analysis of Islamic history. Actually nobody thought of crashing planes into buildings because it had not worked before though the White opposition to the Soviets had planed to crash a plane into the Duma but could not find a plane. A few nut cases can get lucky and create enormous harm.
    I do not know that there was a better answer to the Arab Spring. I do think like Bush II before them POTUS and HRC were too optimistic about democracy in theMiddle East.

    • bynd says:

      RL: I like your history lesson. But to be the most accurate, the middle east has been building to such as this for hundreds if not thousands of years. But each administration always believe they have the way to fix it. History would tells us, just stay out of it.

  7. NE Voter says:

    Someone needs to remind Don Bacon that the City of Bellevue and Offutt/STRATCOM were gerrymandered into the NE-01 following the 2010 census in an effort to prop up Lee Terry’s alcohol-enfeebled seat.

    If Bacon wants to represent Bellevue and the base, he should have primaries Fortenberry.

    • Ricky says:

      Good point. Bacon’s claim to fame is he is a whoop de do General from SAC; but oh oh the republicans led by Loserbaugh gerrymandered SAC out of Bacon’s district , Opps.

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