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West Virginia GOP Senate candidate’s ad…is bad, really bad

It’s inevitable that campaign season will produce a number of bad campaign ads. Candidates have limited money, time and manpower. Sometimes you just have to go with what you have and just hope that the candidate’s message is strong enough for the voter’s to overlook the less than stellar ad.

The contentious Indiana GOP Senate primary campaign has produced a number of them, most of them negative and most of them courtesy of the Todd Rokita campaign.

For instance:

However, as bad as those ads may appear, they are nothing, absolutely nothing in comparison to this one produced by a West Virginia GOP Senate candidate.

Don Blankenship is looking to replace Democrat Joe Manchin, but this ad will probably not put him over the top.

The music, the monotone delivery, and the lack of any kind of personality aren’t going to help. But the icing on the cake has to be his creative nickname for Mitch McConnell.

Check it out for yourself:

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Vox: Never Trumpers Should Vote Democrat

I’m going to level with you here – I was a Never Trumper. I’m still not impressed with this President, and find his morals and ego repulsive, although I will credit him when he does something good. (Gorsuch and signing the tax bill which gets rid of the individual mandate AND puts more money in my pocket. Can’t argue with that.)

This may make some readers unhappy, but I believe in principles over party and like it or not, Donald Trump is not a conservative. The MAGA crowd crows about RINOs in Congress but the biggest RINO of all is living in the White House. Sure he’s done a few conservative things but fundamentally, the President is nothing like the GOP party of old. And truthfully, that party has been slipping away for quite some time, but with the rise of a populist candidate like Trump, it seems that it will probably never return to the days of limited government and low spending.

So what’s a Never Trumper to do in a political climate where most GOP candidates seem to be riding the Trump Train to get elected? According to Vox, it’s vote Democrat.

And to that, I say: HELL NO.

From Vox:

I’ll lay out the case below, but the reasoning is not that complicated: There are, for all intents and purposes, two parties contending in the American system. If you believe one of them is an existential threat to that system … you should vote for the other one. Because one of them is going to win.

Popular conceptions of the GOP — that it is driven primarily by conservative economic principles like small government, low taxes, and deregulation — are also wrong. It turns out those things were the preoccupations of a thin and unrepresentative conservative elite, primarily in DC. The Tea Party uprising and its culmination in Trump were driven by white resentment and white backlash.

Sigh.

It’s a conundrum, really.

And let’s be clear – Trump didn’t win because he’s racist. I am tired of that argument and tired of liberal rags like Vox using that narrative. There were plenty of Obama voters who went Trump in 2016 and they probably propelled Trump to his victory.

But let’s get back to the suggestion that Never Trumpers should vote Democrat.

I’m not going to vote for pro-abortion candidates. I also won’t vote for someone who wants to take my gun away. And why in the world would I vote for a party that wants to tax me even more? As far as I can tell, Democrats that fit these requirements are nearly non-existent and if they are out there, they won’t go against their party’s platform when the time comes to vote.

There’s too much that ideologically separates the parties, especially when it comes to socialist policies. And socialism IS the rising star in the Democrat party. Look at Bernie Sanders – millennials loved him and didn’t turn out for Hillary Clinton, who arguably could be considered an old school, more conservative Democrat than what’s present in the party today.

If Vox truly believes that the majority of Never Trumpers are going to vote Democrat just to clean house, they’re sorely mistaken. It’s a much better idea to vote libertarian, as their principles usually align more closely with that of the GOP.

The best solution would be the formation of a new conservative party. And that would probably take generations to even make a difference IF they could somehow even make themselves a factor in our elections. The two party system has a stranglehold on that.

But probably the most logical solution would be to run GOP candidates who have the guts to stand up to the President when he’s wrong. A few already exist – let’s elect more people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Jeff Flake who are not afraid to criticize the President when he’s wrong and even go against their own party in the name of liberty.

Trump is a stain on the Republican Party but he doesn’t have to be a lasting one.

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.

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

 

 

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