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Trump campaign to Rokita: Take down your yard signs

They say there are only two things we can be sure of in life: death and taxes. Well, we might as well add another to that list: political campaigns with yard signs.

Every candidate likes seeing their signs with their name, website and ill-conceived logo and color scheme in a voter’s yard. That has to be the case, because why else would campaigns spend valuable funds on signs.

Anyway, one campaign that isn’t too thrilled with another candidate’s signs is none other than President Donald Trump’s campaign. And the candidate’s signs they aren’t real thrilled with: Todd Rokita.

As you can see, the Rokita campaign is prominently displaying the fact that they are endorsed by Trump/Pence. Except, that’s not actually the case.

You see, Rokita was actually endorsed by the Trump campaign’s Indiana leaders. That distinction is emblazoned underneath the much bigger Trump/Pence.  But hey, who really cares, right? Well, apparently the Trump campaign.

The Trump campaign has ordered those signs be taken down, stating that it gives the false impression that Rokita has the support of the president in this contentious, increasingly negative race.

The Rokita campaign’s response to demand?

“We don’t comment on yard sign strategy.”  Huh? Really?

It’s actually fairly embarrassing, especially for a campaign and a candidate that spouts “pro-Trump” ad nauseam.

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Braun campaign labels Messer, Rokita ‘Swamp brothers’ in latest ad

The May primary is less than three weeks away. And the biggest race to be decided on May 8 has become noticeably more negative as of late.

Exhibit A:  WISH-TV’s Republican debate.

Last Sunday, April 15, Mike Braun, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita took the stage in the race’s second debate.  All three candidates took nearly every question as an invitation to impugn their opponent’s record, integrity and loyalty to President Trump.

I’m not sure what we really learned from that debate, but the attacks were flying fast and furious.

In addition to using their well-honed and rehearsed attacks on one another on the debate stage, they are also becoming frequent in the television ads

Exhibit B: Braun campaign’s latest ad

In the ad, in which the Braun campaign labels both Rokita and Messer and the “swamp brothers,” they are tied to Obama, Planned Parenthood and amnesty.  You know, all things that aren’t likely to get candidates running in a Republican many votes.

Finally, for the big finish Rokita is called a “fraud” and Messer is called “liberal.”

Will the ad work? Who knows, but the Braun campaign continues to churn out the most visually and conceptually creative ads of the three campaigns, by far.

GOP using Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton to attack James Comey

Chuck Schumer. Maxine Waters. Hillary Clinton.  Those names don’t exactly scream conservatism.

Waters, a totally ineffective legislator from the Golden State, spends more time on MSNBC calling for President Trump’s impeachment than she does on any kind of legislation. Seriously, in the nearly 30 years the woman has been in Congress, she has introduced and passed THREE bills!

Also, in 2009 she was investigated for conflict of interest, concerning meetings she took with a bank where had a vested financial interest.

Chuck Schumer, the liberal senator from New York, is a strong proponent for increased gun control and an abortion advocate, who actually high-fived a fellow Democratic senator after voting for late-term abortion. 

Then there’s Hillary Clinton. The former Democratic presidential nominee, who has an issue with emails just seemingly disappearing, was accused of using the State Department when she was Secretary of State to enrich her and her husband Billy’s foundation, and that’s just her most recent scandals.

She also referred to Trump supporters as a “basket of deplorables” and blamed white women for her presidential loss to Donald Trump, saying they simply listened to their husbands when it came to voting booth. Apparently, Hillary doesn’t think white women possess a brain.

Knowing all this about these three Democratic all-stars, why in the world would the GOP use them in their defense of President Donald Trump? But that’s exactly what the Republican National Committee is doing with a website they’ve set up, LyinComey.com. Quotes from all three bashing Comey are prominently featured on the site.

The new website is just part of the GOP’s plan to combat former FBI director James Comey as he’s set to begin his media tour; promoting his new book , which hits shelves Tuesday.

You’ve got to ask yourself, why are the Trump administration and the GOP so afraid of Comey?  If there was no wrongdoing on behalf of Trump and his administration in regards to their dealing with Comey- and I’m not suggesting there is – why such an aggressive plan to discredit him? Why not simply let this thing die down on its own?

What’s that old saying? The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Who would’ve thought the GOP would have ever quoted Hillary Clinton in their defense of anything?

Buckle up and hold on tight because from the looks of it things are about to become really, really interesting and that ain’t no Lyin’.

Braun campaign puts out a…rather weird ad

What did I just watch?  Seriously, what in the world was that?

Campaign ads are done on a limited budget and extreme time constraints. While money is a valuable commodity, the candidate’s time is worth far, far more. That can lead to things being rushed and possibly not getting done, or at least not as well as they should.

Keep that reasoning in mind when viewing the latest Mike Braun ad.

The Braun campaign put out their latest ad Tuesday evening, premiering during an episode of the smash hit Roseanne, an extremely coveted position. A lot of potential Republican primary voters are sure to have tuned in, but….what?

It’s a “throwback ad.”  The ad goes back in time, when all of the candidates were children and theoretically in the same class, as well. The children portraying Messer and Rokita standing at the front of the class bicker back and forth and never get anything accomplished. While little Messer and miniature Rokita are worried about who is right and who’s in the wrong, little Mike Braun is seen in the back reading a book, an economics book.

The ad is negative, hitting Rokita and Messer for being career politicians. However, Braun is portrayed as a businessman looking for real-world solutions.

While it’s a different take on a negative ad and it attempts to be funny, it’s just plain weird.

The Braun campaign now has the bizarre distinction of having released both the best and worst ad of the campaign for senate.

‘Pro-Trump’ Rokita called then-candidate Trump ‘vulgar, profane’ in 2016


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Throughout the Indiana Republican race for U.S. Senate, there has been one overriding, dominant issue: Donald Trump.

All three candidates have gone out of their way saying how “pro-Trump” they are; stating it in interviews, in their lone debate up until this point, on TV and radio ads. Basically, wherever Mike Braun, Luke Messer or Todd Rokita appears, you can bet that the phrase “pro-Trump” will be coming out of their mouth early and often.

However, the one candidate who has essentially made cozying up to President Trump the focal point of his campaign has been Congressman Todd Rokita. He’s gone so far as prominently wearing a MAGA hat in two campaign ads, including his most recent one.

In the most recent ad, Rokita accuses Congressman Luke Messer of “plotting with the Never Trumpers to steal the nomination from President Trump. Wow.”

Needless to say, Rokita wants you to believe he was all Trump from the very beginning, never wavering for a second on his support for then-candidate Trump. But that’s not the case at all. In fact, Rokita referred to Trump as “vulgar, if not profane.” Instead, he was all in on Marco Rubio because, according to Rokita, “he’s the standard bearer for the mainstream Republican Party.” In an interview with Fox 59 in February 2016, Rokita is referred to as “one of the first in the Indiana delegation to back Marco Rubio.”

But…but I thought Rokita was always and forever Mr. Trump’s right hand man? Why would he change? Why would he tell us one thing and the fact be another? Political expediency, maybe? Easiest way to get elected?

Here’s why Rokita is now all about President Trump: Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by nearly 20 percent in the Hoosier state.  And in a red state like Indiana, President Trump is still extremely popular. So why not, if you have no original ideas, use President Trump’s popularity to get elected?

This display of utter hypocrisy from Rokita is exactly why people don’t like politicians. Say one thing and do another. Accuse someone of something that you yourself did.

Maybe Rokita should wear two MAGA hats in his next ad to show how “pro-Trump” he really is!  Well, at least now….you know because it could help him get elected.

-BZ

 

 

New Politico Poll Shows the Top 10 Senate Races for 2018

It’s a mid-term election year and several Senate seats are up for grabs. Politico released their latest Senate race rankings in order from most to least likely to flip in the November election.

The rankings:

1. Nevada
GOP Senator Dean Heller is running for reelection but so far his Democratic opponent has raised more money.

2. Indiana
Senator Joe Donnelly will likely lose his seat. Probably the ONLY reason he won last time is that he’s a fairly conservative Democrat and the Republican opponent in 2012 was a far right leaning Republican who didn’t appeal to moderates or independents. He also shot himself in the foot with his rape comments right before election day. Right now there are three Republicans running in the primary and Indiana GOP voters would be wise to pick a more moderate candidate that will fare well against Donnelly in the fall.

3. Missouri 
According to Politico, Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill has “nearly eight times as much cash on hand as her likely opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, the GOP’s top Senate recruit this cycle.” Hawley is doing very well and (sadly) beating former Libertarian candidate Austin Petersen in the GOP primary polls.

4. Arizona
Senator Jeff Flake is retiring and pondering a Presidential bid in 2020. Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema might win among voters but could be a toss up if she faces GOP Rep. Martha McSally. Also running in the GOP primary,  Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who brings with him lots of controversy.

5. North Dakota
Senator Heitkamp is running for reelection but this one might be easy to flip. The National Republican Senatorial Committee released a poll earlier this month showing him with a small lead over the incumbent Democrat.

6. West Virgina
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is running for reelection. From Politico: “While the ranking is the same, Manchin appears a bit safer than he was at the start of the year. Why? The emergence of Don Blankenship, the ex-con coal baron infamous for his role in the deaths of 29 miners at the Upper Big Branch Mine, as a force in the GOP primary.”

7. Florida
Never rule out anything when it comes to ultimate swing state Florida. Senator Bill Nelson is running for reelection but Gov. Rick Scott is expected to jump in the race and is very popular with the public at the moment. Anything could happen here.

8. Wisconsin
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin running for reelection and seems to have the most cash. But Trump won here in 2016, so it will be interesting to see if those blue collar, Reagan Democrats flip again and vote against their own party.

9. Montana
Democratic Senator Jon Tester is running for reelection in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Trump. From Politico, “Tester is far from safe — he’s ultimately running for reelection in a state Trump won by 21 percentage points. But Democrats feel better about him than some of their other incumbents: He’s had more than a dozen pieces of legislation signed into law by the president, and Montanans have a strong and recent history of ticket-splitting.”

10. Ohio
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is running for reelection and has nearly 10 million in the bank. Politico doesn’t consider him safe and says it comes down to who fund-raises better on the GOP side and goes on to challenge him in the November election.

South Park creators: ‘We’re Republicans’

Matt Stone and Trey Parker have created one of the most crude, vulgar and absolutely hilarious shows in television history: South Park.

If you aren’t familiar with South Park or its many, many characters such as Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, Stan, Butters or Professor Chaos, where exactly have you been the last 20 years or so?

South Park has a knack for causing controversy, taking current events and going in a completely unexpected, even absurd direction with them.

In addition to being hilarious, the show is often thought-provoking, using comedy to make their, which generally don’t follow the typical Hollywood liberal, point of view.

Well, Stone and Parker have done it again, making waves in Hollywood.

According to a post from conservative author and radio host, Larry Elder, he recently introduced the pair before a liberal group that was honoring them with an award.

Anyway, the creators apparently surprised the group, saying “We’re Republicans. No, seriously, we’re Republicans.”

This is typical Stone and Parker, take someone’s expectations and turn them on themselves.

Whether they are actually Republicans, who knows. But one could easily make that because argument South Park generally espouses Republican/Libertarian views.

-BZ

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