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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.

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Paul Ryan posts Easter message, leftists lose their minds

Easter is the day to celebrate the fact that Christ is risen and that the tomb is empty. He went to the cross on Friday to pay for the sins of mankind, only to rise on Sunday and gained victory over death.

Needless to say, it’s an important time for many families. Recognizing the day is special to many, Speaker Paul Ryan posted a video to Twitter wishing families a blessed Easter.

There is absolutely nothing political in the video at all, but that didn’t stop leftists. In fact, they absolutely lost their minds. Responding with obscene messages that don’t exactly display the love and open mindedness leftists are always going on and on about.

Gotta say, I watched the video and I didn’t hear that quote. Maybe I missed it?

Then there’s this measured and well thought out response.

I know there are different kinds of Easter candy that make an appearance once a year, but I’ve never heard of this. Perhaps he buys his chocolate at a very different kind of store.

Second message from this all-star.

This individual seems to know the location of Mr. Ryan’s eternal home.

This obvious MENSA member also seems to be concerned with Ryan’s eternal resting place.

Oh, well. Keep on spreading and sharing the love leftists. Can wait to see what you have for Christmas!

-BZ

Ind. 8th District Congressman Bucshon skipping debate; cites ‘scheduling conflict’

The Indiana May primary is just a little more than a month away.  Without a doubt the biggest race to be decided on May 8 will be what Republican will face Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in the fall.

However, several other races will also be decided. One of those being the Republican primary in Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Currently, Republican Larry Bucshon occupies the seat and has since 2011.

But while debates are generally apart of running for office, Bucshon doesn’t seem to want to do that time-honored campaign activity. Instead, Bucshon would rather go to dinner.

Bucshon has two challengers vying for the Republican nomination, Richard Moss and Rachel Covington. And on May 2 in Evansville, Indiana, at 7 p.m. the candidates – minus Bucshon – will take part in a debate.

But what will Indiana’s sitting 8th District congressman be doing instead of discussing topics that matter to voters in his district?  He’ll be at the Sullivan County Republican dinner.

But don’t worry. Apparently, he really wanted to be there.

A Bucshon spokesman said:

“Unfortunately, we’ve got a scheduling conflict that night. It’s the Sullivan County (GOP) Lincoln Day dinner. So he’s attending that. He’s been doing all of those throughout the district, so he’s going to have to go to that.”

From Bucshon’s perspective, a debate can only hurt him and help his challengers and Bucshon and his team obviously know this. It’s just infuriating that someone asking for your vote, especially the incumbent, can’t be bothered to attend a debate, to answer questions about topics important to his constituents.

Oh well, Larry enjoy the dinner!

-BZ

 

Braun slams Rokita, Messer in new ad; best ad of race so far

And we have a winner!

No, not of the primary. That won’t be decided until May 8th. However, the Braun campaign has released the best ad of the Republican U.S. Senate Primary.

In the ad, Mike Braun carries around cardboard cutouts of both Messer and Rokita and then proceeds to ask people to tell the two apart. Spoiler alert: They can’t.

The ad gets to the biggest issue of this race far: no, absolutely no one has differentiated themselves on anything.  Each of the candidates, instead of coming up with original ideas, has pledged to be Donald Trump’s best friend.

The ad is funny, clever and delivers several very valid points in the process.

Check it out for yourself below.

 

-BZ

Instead of issues, Rokita campaign sets up anti-Messer website…because?

Indiana’s primary is set for May 8 and easily, the biggest race to be decided will the Republican U.S. Senate Primary.

Sitting Indiana Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer as well as businessman Mike Braun are all vying to become the Republican to take on Democrat Joe Donnelly in the fall.

So, far the race has been about who can tie themselves to Trump the most, as all three have emphatically said they are wholeheartedly “Pro-Trump” on multiple occasions. That’s fine and dandy, but voters want to hear original ideas. What are your solutions to problems? Why are you the best Republican to take on Donnelly? You know, talk about the issues.

Well, instead of talking about anything really substantive, the Rokita campaign found it necessary to set up a website dedicated entirely to “finding Luke Messer.” 

The site is in reference to Messer having a residence in Virginia and not keeping a house in Indiana, selling it in 2012 when elected to Congress. In addition to this coming out early in the campaign, Messer has since been reelected to Congress multiple times. Doesn’t really sound like his constituents have a problem with it, but it didn’t stop the Rokita campaign from throwing something at the wall and hope it sticks.

The website also says “Last seen in the Swamp,” referring to Messer with a form to fill out in order to get updates on “his whereabouts.”

It’s also funny coming from a guy who uses public money to fund his campaigns, when he screams about draining the swamp and whose slogan is “Defeat the Elite.” Oh, there’s also the multi-page dossier that came out this past summer which states everything Rokita “requires” and how he is to be treated when being driven around his district.

It’s because of that kind of stuff that people don’t like politics and politicians. Instead of talking about real substantive differences between the candidates, campaigns and candidates stoop to this level of nonsense.

Hey Todd,  if you want to talk about a candidate’s “whereabouts,” please let voters know where you’ll be instead of the statewide televised Republican debate on April 30.

Please, please get back to the real issues. Voters deserve it.

-BZ

Rokita to skip televised Republican primary debate due to ‘leftist propaganda’

“Then I’m just gonna take my ball and go home!”  That’s basically the attitude of the Rokita campaign.

In the political world, name recognition and ID are invaluable to candidates running for office. Before someone officially announces a run for office, especially a statewide office, that’s usually one of the first things discussed by a potential candidate and/or campaign. Because if people don’t know who you are, they aren’t likely to vote for you come Election Day.

Raising a candidate’s name ID is the main reason why campaigns spend so much money on television/radio ads. Well, that and attempting to differentiate yourself from your opponents.

Debates among the candidates is an excellent and free opportunity to achieve both of those goals simultaneously, especially when that debate is going to be televised across the state.  That’s why a recently announced decision from the Todd Rokita campaign is so utterly mystifying.

The campaign announced Friday that they will not participate in a statewide televised debate on April 30. And what rationale did the campaign give for their decision to skip the debate?

Well, apparently they have other things planned that day, citing scheduling conflicts. Oh, and they also don’t want to deal with “leftist propaganda” and “gotcha questions from liberal media figures, liberal college professors, or other parties interested in attacking Republicans and re-electing Joe Donnelly.”  

Um…ok? Except for the fact that the debate is being organized by the nonpartisan Indiana Debate Commission and it’s being moderate dby Indy Politics reporter and WIBC radio host Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. Sure, he may not be as conservative as Tony Katz ( the moderator of the first Republican Senate debate in January) but Abdul is anything but a liberal. I mean, the conservative WIBC doesn’t usually give shows to liberals.

Anyway, the Rokita campaign says “He (Rokita)  looks forward to sharing his message with as many Hoosier conservatives as possible between now and election day.”

That statement kind of rings hollow given Friday’s mystifyingly dumb decision to skip an April 30 debate, especially considering Election Day is May 8.

Oh well, more time for Messer and Braun to shine.

-BZ

Trump to meet with video game execs to discuss school violence..yes, seriously

Donald Trump, The President of the United States, The Commander in Chief, is set to meet with video game executives about…school violence.  I’m not kidding.

The planned meeting – expected to happen sometime next week – was announced by Trump’s press secretary Thursday. Just like his “skip due process and just take the guns,” this meeting with video game execs seems to be another ridiculous, misguided attempt to lessen violence in schools.

Listen, children being brutally murdered in the classroom is an extremely serious issue. No children should ever go to school fearing for their life. But are we sure consulting the makers of Call of Duty is the right way to go about it?

Yes, video games are a billion-dollar industry, and those games often depict violence, at times graphically. But anyone who would feel compelled to commit horrific acts of violence after seeing Agent 47 gun down someone likely has bigger, probably mental health issues. That person is likely to exhibit warning signs, in which, if action is taken by the proper authorities, something could be done.

For instance, look at the institutional failure on essentially every level in the Florida shooting. The FBI knew about Nikolas Cruz, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department received call after call, – even from the shooter himself – about Cruz’s potential for violence. The school also knew about Cruz, but yet no one did anything….nothing.

One has to wonder why Trump hasn’t said a word about any of this? Yet, he goes after guns, the NRA, and now, apparently the entertainment industry.

Apparently, in a meeting last week with lawmakers, the President suggested a rating system for films and video, reportedly saying:

“I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts. And you go one further step and that’s the movies. … Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

Maybe he’s just not aware, but last time I checked, there was already a rating system in place for both movies and video games. Heck, television programs have had a rating system for something like the last 10-15 years.

Maybe, I’m wrong. Maybe going after video games and movies, legislating the content in our entertainment is the way to go. Maybe that’s the answer. Somehow though, I don’t think altering  Pac-Man, Mario or Lara Croft will do much.

-BZ

 

 

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