Numbers of the Day

Congressman Don Bacon announced his campaign filings with the Federal Election Commission yesterday — raising over $270K for the second quarter of 2017, with a total of over $500K for the year.

So let us compare a couple of other announced candidate for #NE02.

Kara Eastman announced for the 2nd District seat, officially, on May 24th. She had things in the works before then of course, and started fund raising right away.

So, while Don Bacon raised $270K during that period, Kara Eastman raised…$30K. And she’s already spent half of that.


And then there’s Brad Ashford.

FORMER REP Brad Ashford.

Now Ashford announced about a month ago. BUT, he stated back in APRIL that you could “take it to the bank” that either he or his wife would run for Congress.

Well, it doesn’t seem that Ashford has been making too many trips to the bank at all.

Ashford’s total receipts this year: $12K.

(And he’s spent about $9K of that.)

Hey kids, it’s not ALL about money.

But then you have to have SOME money to actually run, you know, a campaign.

That being said, this is the Democrat primary we’re talking about, so a few of those meet-up posters stapled to the light pole outside of Whole Foods should pretty much do it… and bang, Primary.



The other numbers we can throw out (H/T LJS’s Zach Pluhacek) are those from the Morning Consult which show Governor favorability across the nation.

Nebraska’s Pete Ricketts did not crack the Top Ten…but he did hit the Top 15:

In the mean time, some Democrat and Bob Krist are hoping to split up that 28%.

Leavenworth St. has heard other numbers that indicate Ricketts with more faltering numbers than that, particularly in the 2nd District. And then Don Walton is convinced that the torches and pitchforks are coming from Greater Nebraska.

But for Ricketts? Hey he’s doing better than the Cubs right now…



Oh and hey, speaking of those Democrats that we discussed above.

It seems that the Black Caucus of the Democrat Central Committee has taken out their wrath on Chelsey Gentry Tipton (remember her), for her Facebook comments after the assassination attempts in the DC area.

The Black Caucus “censured” her and removed her as Chair of the Caucus.

And good for them. Seems like a bit of a no-brainer, but here’s kudos when they do the right thing.

It would just be nice if the rest of the party could get a handle on the other cretins running amok amongst their supporters.

This time it was “someone” throwing what appeared to be fake blood on the door of Senator Deb Fischer’s office in Lincoln.

Isn’t that lovely.

And who do you suppose did this?
The Tea Party?
The YRs?


“A sticker belonging to Betsy Riot, a progressive protest group, was found on the door as well…”

So there you go.

Hey Democrats, how about while you’re making motions in your committees you get a hold of the rest of the nutjobs in your party.

The ones who throw blood and the ones who wear masks and the ones who march around with “FUDGE!” on their shirts (but it doesn’t say “fudge”…).

You claim to want to have a decent dialog and then this is what we see on a weekly basis from your supporters.

They’re your people. Figure it out.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    This Congress and this President can’t get significant legislation passed. Period. Perhaps that is what they were elected to do, not to dismantle the administrative state, but to stop it in its tracks, freeze it and deactivate it.

    42 insignificant bills signed since Jan. 20, 2017. No Federal budget. No repeal of the ACA, no replacement, either. A defense bill passed by the House, but no Senate version and nothing on the President’s desk for a signature.

    No management. No leadership. No nothing. Well, except fund-raising. So Don Bacon can be elected to do what, exactly? Nothing. Sasse, Fischer, Rickets – nothing, nothing and nothing again. Nothing.

    • Sparkles says:

      Our Do Nothing congress headed by a Know Nothing executive branch is flailing like a carp stranded on the beach.
      ‘But by golly, Don Bacon can dial for dollars like it’s nobody’s business!!’

      Too bad Don can’t donate some of that money to the insanity of the record-setting. massive $700 billion defense bloat he’s so excited about. That’s almost $100 billion more than even Trump asked for. 10’s of billions is earmarked for shite the military says it doesn’t want or need, and 10’s of billions more will go to support bases the military says are unnecessary and should be shuttered.

      This is the same ‘fiscally conservative’ Don Bacon who promised voters a ‘Balanced Budget’.

      And it’s not like Don needs the cash. The GOP SuperPAC Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) has targeted Don’s district for untold millions of dollars in attack ads. Attack ads featuring Nancy Pelosi.. cause Nancy Pelosi is important to Don’s constituency?
      The CLF has promised to spend $100 million leading up the ’18 election.
      Maybe the CLF will even aid Don by deploying in NE-2 some of that illegally hacked Russian intel to which they are known to be privy. Maybe they’ll ask their friends, the Russians, to direct some of that fake news social media skullduggery at the residents of the Omaha metro.
      Nice bed partners there, Brig Gen.
      Of course, “Hell Yes” Don will poo-poo all those attack ads, saying he’s not responsible for them as he wraps himself in flags, reminds voters of his noble military service, his love of Jesus and his extreme fiscal conservatism.

      Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,..

      • you're funny says:

        He who does not work, neither shall he eat

        22When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'”

        The last one taking into account people do want to work and work gives dignity. Even in an individual’s hard times.

  2. Regular Jane says:

    What the heck did Ashford spend $9000 on? BTW, I think you will find that Congressman Bacon was at work , doing his job, participating in Committee Hearings and Markups, meeting with Business Leaders and Constituents in the Metro Area and Washington DC, in addition to Voting for every Roll Call Vote called on the House Floor. Typically works out that Members of Congress work an average of 60-80 hours per week-before making Andy Campaign FR calls…

  3. Oracle says:

    SS, as much as you try to connect every fringe group to the Democratic Party, Betsy Riot has NO CONNECTION to the Party. Why doesn’t your Party condemn and/or control the actions of white supremacist groups that are clearly connected to your Party?

    • The Grundle King says:


      Just who do you think these ‘Betsy Riot’ folks are voting for? Republicans or Democrats?

      • Oracle says:

        The Dems have as much control over Betsy Riot as the Repubs have over white supremacists that vote for them. By your (and SS’s) logic the Repubs are responsible for not controlling or speaking out against hate groups that most likely vote for Republicans. And I do remember a statement by the NDP chair denouncing Betsy Riots actions at Fortenberry’s house. Silence on the Repub side when hate is espoused by right leaning groups.

  4. Yep says:

    At a Febr, 2016 rally in Vegas:
    “I’d like to punch him in the face,.. “In the old days,” Trump added, protesters would be “carried out on stretchers.”

    Aug 9, 2016 rally in Wilmington, NC:
    “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick –if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.
    Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

    We’ve never had a president stand at a podium and threaten or encourage greater violence.

    A quick google of ‘TEA party gun violence’ will bring up dozens of accounts of the crazy legions of right wingers and gun nuts that for years openly advocated for violence.

    How many thousands of goons showed up at Koch funded rally’s, carry firearms, Gadsden and Confederate flags. Waving placards warning: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    We witnessed nearly a decade of lunacy from the right. Dozens of acts of real violence. Major organizations like the Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point Military Academy and the Dept. of Homeland Security warning of the dramatic escalation of politically motivated, violent right wing groups and religious organizations.

    Yet, nary a peep to heard from the right wing media.
    For ten years.

    • the rise of the alt left says:

      Google, the rise of the alt left. 17,700,000 hits. Even the Huffpost and BuzzFeed, two left “leaning” media outlets, believe in the alt left. And you say nary a peep about it.

      Oracle, is that sand in your eyes, ears and nose?
      To borrow from one of your more intelligent posts, YAI!

      • Alt-left says:

        The alt-left is real. One of their key figures in Nebraska is Kevin Earthsoul. He has a masters degree in leadership, but everyone agrees that it’s his raw sexual charisma that makes him a Che Guevara type figure amongst Nebraska’s leftist community.

  5. Glitter says:


    Why are you so blue panda bear. I realize you do not like your Congressman wrapped in flags. Look on the bright side. The way Ashford’s fundraising is going, he could probably afford a couple of flags too. Just a couple, because his fundraising is that of a school board candidate. Cheer up. There is always the exciting Metro races coming up. Dems are a lock.

  6. Sparkles says:

    Who cares about actual election victories. We have several moral ones! I have read Finnegan’s Wake by Joyce three times HAVE YOU! I am super smart!!! Trust me. Ask my women’s studies professor if you do not believe me.

      • Gerard Harbison says:

        Still, I bet you haven’t read Finnegans Wake three times. Full disclosure: I haven’t read it once.

        I did read Ulysees. But the only part I read repetitively was Molly Bloom’s soliliquy. MAke of that what you will.

      • Sparkles says:

        I’ve read neither Finnegan’s Wake nor Ulysees, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

        I really enjoyed Watership Down as an early teen, and I’ve read Dune, twice. Does that count?
        I was more into Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein and Poe. Classic lit, not so much.

        And the A.D.D. president* you trolls elected wouldn’t know James Joyce from James Taylor.
        He thinks Heinlein is a ‘maneuver’.

      • Gerard Harbison says:

        Not hardly. Sparkles and I have often disagreed vehemently on many issues. But when it comes to the ongoing failed Trump presidency, and the venality and incompetence of the GO, we’re very much on the same page.

        So I guess you could say Trump is bringing people together.

  7. case says:

    It is indeed not ALL about the money. It is about a military general being smarter than Brad “The Russians stole my cloak of invisibility” Ashford and the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Charwoman Jane Kleeb.

    And yes, we do know how to spell Chairwoman.

    We hear complaints by certain Democrats about the old gal, so we figure she might do better on the chamber pots. Cleaning the environment is noble work.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Some, not all…everyone has their talents. Listverse has a list of their top 10 military field tacticians, and I think a person would be hard-pressed to say that each and every one of them was not a genius in their own right.

        And I mean, really…does a person have to be a genius to be smarter than Brad Ashford or Jane Kleeb? Jane, for all of her faults, seems to be relatively bright. But Brad? Ermmm…

      • Gerard Harbison says:

        There are always exceptions. But look at, say, the Union Army in the first two years of the civil war. Or the French army at the beginning of WWI.

        And since I’m done comparing the two parties and deciding which one is the less evil, citing Jane and Brad is no kind of rebuttal.

      • The Grundle King says:

        Except that ‘case’ never said Bacon was a genius, just that he may be smarter than Ashford or Kleeb. Those two don’t exactly set a ‘genius’ level bar, Professor.

  8. Sparkles says:

    Just when you thought you’ve seen it all.
    The willful ignorance of the malinformed Republican base continues to astound.

    PPP released a new poll today. Among the findings:
    – only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it.
    – 32% say the meeting didn’t happen
    – 24% say they’re not sure

    Trump Jr. released the emails, himself.
    He then went on Hannity to talk about his meeting with the Russians.

    – 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be ‘fake news’

    • Sparkles says:

      Hows does one reverse decades of willful ignorance afflicting 40% of the American population?

      In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

      And in the land of the mindless, the half-wit is President.

      • henny pennyism says:

        In the land of HRC, a rock would beat her and would be president. And that is who the snowflakes chose to represent them.

        Got anyone who can win on her side? Or just a bunch of hysterical posters?
        The party of Henny Penny.

    • Anonymous says:

      What are you doing about a Republican Congress and a Republican President who can’t get Republican legislation passed into national laws?

      • there is no difference between the partisians says:

        It would appear that they are watching Federal court appointments, 137 + 1 +?. Also cabinet picks. Which as Obama has shown us, is almost better than any legislation.

        Republican or not, we are watching the melt down of the progressives and some libertarians.

        You just can’t make any of this up.

  9. Thirty Two Million says:

    The newest CBO score was just released.
    Under Ben Sasse’s preferred Repeal-N-Fuch-Em proposal, 32,000,000 Americans would find themselves newly uninsured by 2026.
    And insurance premiums would double.

    The GOP had SEVEN YEARS to craft a replacement. They’ve got NOTHING.

    But the deluded GOP base doesn’t care they’ve been duped, lied to, played for fools.
    Cause.. NANCY PELOSI!!
    And.. SHARIA LAW!!

    • Dialin' for Dollars Don says:

      Well, I’ll be dagnabbit!! “I’ve changed my vote, from ‘yes’ to ‘hell, yes,”

      Cause Murrica, Flags n Freedum!!

  10. Clown Show says:

    From this morning’s Foreign Policy magazine –

    “Putin won in Syria.” In a move with huge implications for the war in Syria, President Trump has decided to shut down the CIA’s covert program to arm and train groups of Syrian rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad..
    ..The move — long sought by Russia — is a major concession to Moscow’s interests, and gives up some American influence in the country after the Islamic State is defeated.
    After the report dropped, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham Tweeted, “If true, I fear this policy will lead to giving yet another Arab capital – Damascus – to the Iranians.”

    Immediately following the above story in Foreign Policy is –

    “Turkey sucekerpunches U.S. Special Ops. The Pentagon is calling out Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency for publishing the locations of several U.S. bases in Syria used as staging areas for supporting the anti-Islamic State coalition and “expos[ing] Coalition forces to unnecessary risk.”

    Two corrupt, gangland Strongmen, Erdogan of Turkey and Putin of Russia, pwning our Clownish president. Our president, who has been laundering the proceeds of their corrupts kleptocracies for a decade or more.
    It’s was Erdogan who a few weeks ago turned loose his thugs to brutally beat down protestors – ON AMERICAN SOIL!

    And guess who is certain to have no comment about either our failure in Syria or our humiliation in Turkey –
    1) House Armed Services Committee member, retired Brigadier General Don ‘Where’s My Flag’ Bacon
    2) And the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Deb ‘Subsidies’ Fisher.

    Imagine the widespread mania that would consume the entirety of the Republican party and the right wing hate media if these headlines appeared during a Obama or HRC presidency.
    Fischer and Bacon would be scrambling to hold press conferences this afternoon. Their collective staffs would be frantically rounding up dozens and dozens of flags and shuttling in hundreds of uniformed military personnel to be used as props.
    The constituent emails would have already been sent en masse and the cards would be right now at the printers, each asking for your contribution to help fund your noble. freedom fighting representative, so they can continue to fight this humiliation of our troops and our nation by our left leaning, terrorist appeasing President!!
    Each card intimating that Sharia Law is certain to be right around the corner!
    That ISIS Sleeper Cell in Papillion is about to be awakened!

    But with the scandal plagued reign of Donny Two Scoops and the ongoing horrors of his daily debasing of the People’s House, both of these otherwise remarkable scandals are certain to go largely unnoticed.

    At least we now know, in part, what those two private conversations at the G20 were about. The surreptitious chats between Trump and his owner, Vlad.

  11. progressives = more war dead says:

    Putin won in Syria

    Amazing how those who have wailed about Iraq and said we shouldn’t be there, which means we shouldn’t be in Syria are so upset we let Russia do more. Actually, we should just withdraw, protect the Kurds and let Russia fight the war in Syria. It’s a never ending quagmire just like Afghanistan.

    All Russia won was the problem of Syria and all that goes with it after the “war” is over. Which will be never.

    Your hatred is so bad and blinds you so much you don’t mind sacrificing our troops and money so you can something bad about Trump. What a bunch of self serving morons.

  12. General Custer says:


    Please leave me out of the conversation. I was quite accomplished before that one incident. Anyways, I still have a higher favorability then Hillary. Weird.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps you can help our Republican Congress and President move legislation into law. It takes a self-important blowhard to know one, after all.

    • Sparkles says:

      Actually, history shows Custer and Trump share many common traits.

      The most obvious, the signature golden mane.
      But history shows both to be wholly dedicated to self promotion. Both, desperate to be admired and remembered.
      Custer’s brash nature and reverence for self made him a man unliked by many of his peers.
      Custer’s self-aggrandizing autobiography, “My Life on The Plains”, was ‘renamed’ by some who served under him – “My Lie on The Plains”.

      Both Trump and Custer are cases of massively inflated egos, fueled by unrestrained arrogance, leading to poorly calculated campaigns.
      As each reached their respective Hill, realizing too late that their wildly botched overreach will visit upon them a humiliating defeat.
      Custer’s defeat came quickly, at the hands of two decorated warriors, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull.
      Trump’s defeat will come at a more agonizing pace, at the hands of another decorated warrior, Robert Mueller.

      • Kid Dyn-o-mite! says:

        Donald E. Coyote is carrying a powder keg with a hole in it, and Roadmueller is waiting with a match.

  13. General Custer says:


    Again, Please do not use my name. It is not my fault Hillary is less popular than Pol Pot and Nickleback. If Trump is soooooo awful, why did you lose?

  14. Volvox populi says:

    People who voted for Trump voted for his Populist war on the exact sort of warped thinking that draws a right-wing Libertarian together with a sparkly old Marxist. — Yet we are today here about numbers. And none bode more ill than those numbers for Democrats.

    April 23 2017, WP/ABC Poll: Title: Two-thirds of Americans think the Democratic Party is out of touch with the country. “In fact, the Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents. Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch, including nearly half of Democrats themselves.”

    But that is only “out of touch”. What if a party actually stood for nothing?

    July 13 2017, WP/ABC Poll: Title: A Majority Says Democrats Stand for Nothing (but opposing Trump). “When asked whether people thought the Democratic Party stands for something or just stands against Trump, people chose the latter by a 52-to-37 margin.” When narrowed to only registered voters it got worse. Only 35% think the Democrats stand for anything at all. “54% of registered voters think the opposition party isn’t defined by anything except opposition, that the Democratic Party has no real message.”

    Astoundingly, 27% of registered Democrats said their party stands for nothing but obstruction.

    Can we blame Trump for this? And if so why would we? Trump shines an unapologetic spotlight on a rotten iceberg and it melts. Populism isn’t a party, it has no ideology just strategy. It’s the spotlight. If the DNC or RNC have no bones, it’s not Trump’s job to keep those frozen jellyfish from collapsing. In fact, turn up the heat.

    • Sparkles says:

      Good points are made in both polls you cite.
      Although, a closer look at the numbers shows that while a majority of Americans believe the Democratic Party is out of touch, most Democrats do not.
      And we’re all well aware that the GOP drinks deeply of the party koolaid.

      But this isn’t ‘news’, is it.
      Few, if any, question that the Democratic party has failed in making their case to the American people. That’s a point made quite apparent in state/local losses by Dems and in their catastrophic loss to a babbling, orange manchild.

      But these losses aren’t for a lack of sound, well crafted and popular policy positions.
      Ideas that when individually polled (separated from a candidate/political race), are highly popular among the plurality of Americans.
      Quite the opposite of the Republican agenda. Here’s how the GOP agenda plays out:
      Support for the current iteration of the Senate wealthcare bill: 12% of Americans
      65% percent want to keep and improve Obamacare; just 32 percent want to abolish it
      75% of Americans, including majorities of both Republican women and Republican men, support federal Medicaid reimbursement for Planned Parenthood to provide services such as contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings.
      And while The Donald and the GOP are desperate to gut Medicaid, end Meal-on-Wheels and free breakfasts for impoverished children in order to fund massive tax cuts for corporations and the 0.01%, polls show:
      63% of Americans said they think upper-income people currently pay too little
      67% of Americans said they think corporations currently pay too little
      And to demonstrate how crassly beholden the Republican party is to special interests –
      92% of Americans — including 87% of Republicans — favor background checks for all gun buyers. Yet, due to GOP obstruction, not even that is attainable legislation.

      There have been no (non-incumbent) presidential candidates in history that have had such well thought-out, highly detailed policies as did Hillary Clinton. Policies geared toward lifting up the working poor and middle class, improving health insurance/care and securing American’s place as a leader in a global economy.
      The Dem problem is NOT policy, it is in effectively communicating that policy message.
      It’s a failure to tailor the message and communication style to the plurality of voters.
      The Democratic party needs to do something at which the Republicans are highly effective.
      K.I.S.S. Dumb down the message. No more than 3, well crafted talking points, hammered home.

      And tattooed on inner eyelid of every Democratic candidate should be the words of H.L. Mencken:
      “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

      • partisian = party is always over country says:

        Except for the insurance guys under the ACA. Shows that for every rule there is an exception. And the government is exhibit A as the exception. But Gruber almost pulled it off.

  15. The Grundle King says:

    “Although, a closer look at the numbers shows that while a majority of Americans believe the Democratic Party is out of touch, most Democrats do not.”

    I’m shocked. Democrats to don’t believe that the party they vote for is out of touch with the country. I don’t know if you realize this or not…but this actually CONFIRMS that the Democrats are out of touch.

    Pollster: “The results say your party is out of touch with the country.”
    Democrats: “Yeah…but WE don’t think we’re out of touch.”
    Pollster: “Okay, but…you are.”
    Democrats: “I don’t understand what this means.”

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