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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:


Braun campaign takes down questionable immigration ad

After feeling the heat for using the death and pictures of a Colts player and an Uber driver at the hands of an illegal immigrant in an ad, the Braun campaign has reversed course and is removing the ad from television.

In the race where all three Republican candidates are trying to cozy up to Trump as much as possible, immigration was inevitably going to come up at some point. It’s likely to make several more appearances before the May primary, in some form or fashion.

The ad, which is still up on on the Braun campaign’s Youtube page, exploits a tragic situation for political gain. No matter what side of the political spectrum you happen to fall, no matter what issue – whether it be gun control or immigration – using a tragedy to push an agenda is pretty cold and callous.

What in the world could the campaign have been thinking to run such an ad mere weeks after the deadly incident?

However, the Braun campaign does deserve some credit for recognizing their mistake and reversing course.

There are plenty of other ways to make a point such as this, there was simply no need to make such an ad. Hopefully, in the future, the campaign decides to utilize other methods, facts and figures to make their position known to the voting public.

I understand all politics is essentially local and personal, but that ad was too personal, especially for the widow of the killed Uber driver.

– BZ

Rokita campaign releases first TV ad

Indiana’s May Republican primary is inching ever closer. And as such, the candidates will become more and more visible in the coming weeks, if they have the funds to do so.

The Todd Rokita campaign recently released their first campaign ad of the primary season and well….just watch for yourself.

In a campaign in which all three Republican candidates have essentially said that if elected, they will become Donald Trump’s lapdog, Rokita outdoes them all…in just 30 seconds.

In the ad, after flashing images of Hillary, Obama, Colin Kaepernick kneeling and people rioting in the streets, Rokita proceeds to tell us he’s pro-life, pro-gun and is emphatically “pro-Trump.”

The campaign manages to hit every big major talking point complete with total Republican imagery. He fires an AR-15, dons a Trump MAGA hat, holds a beer, walks through a cornfield with a shot of Arlington Cemetery.  Really, the only things missing from the ad are baseball, apple pie and the campaign’s dumb slogan “Defeat the Elite.”

– BZ


Defeat the Elite? Driving Congressman Todd Rokita

Mariah Carey. Katy Perry. Rhianna. Kanye West.

Whatever your taste in music, you have to admit, all of the aforementioned artists have experienced major success.  They’ve had multiple songs and albums shoot up to #1, sold out arenas and other large capacity venues, while playing to thousands to adoring fans.  Oh, and they’ve made more money than most of us can imagine.

Another thing they all have in common? Crazy and diva-like demands.

According to a Business Inside article, before Mr. West performs he requires 1 box of toothpicks, 1 bottle of hot sauce, but not just any hot sauce. It must be Tabasco, Caribbean type and also, can you pick up 4 six packs of Heineken? Mr. Kanye West absolutely needs those as well.

Similarly, Katy Perry requires an “arrangement of pink fresh flowers,” 6 vitamin waters, plastic drinking straws and freeze dried strawberries before singing one of her chart-topping tunes.

Well, Katy and Kanye better move over and make room for …Todd Rokita? Seriously, he’s one needy guy and apparently, driving around the Indiana congressman requires an 8-page memo.

The memo details everything Rokita has to have in order to properly serve his constituency. For instance, if you’re going to chauffeur around Rokita you better have “the football”, an assortment of items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, napkins, gum and hand sanitizer.

Also, you mustn’t engage in useless, “unnecessary conversation” with the congressman. Unfortunately, he just doesn’t have the time. However, as the memo stipulates, you are allowed to talk to him if you’re asking to remind him to bring his phone and wallet.  Another situation where talking to his highness is permitted is if you are telling him about turns or sudden stops on way to his next speaking engagement.

While most could have anticipated that performers like Rhianna and Taylor Swift would have outrageous and absurd demands, to hear something similar of a congressman who “works for us” is absolutely ridiculous.

Why do we tolerate, adhere to the demands of someone like Kayne or Katy Perry? They sing a favorite song of ours, entertain us, and do so at a level a very small percentage of the population can, oh and we’re willing to pay premium prices to watch them do so.

What does a congressman do? They vote and give speeches…and let’s not forget the all important hand shaking.

Any idiot could be a congressman. Don’t believe me? Just look at some of the people Congress today.

My ultimate point being, congressmen can be easily replaced and for someone to “require” everything in the document is insane!  Not only that, the man is seeking a promotion.  Oh and get this, his campaign’s slogan is “Defeat the Elite.”  Yes, you read that right, the man who has the demands of a Grammy-winning artist has the balls to call other people elite?!

Defeat the elite indeed, congressman.




Indiana US Senate race gets another candidate and….a truly awful slogan

As has long been suspected, 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Rokita made it official Wednesday morning at the Indiana Statehouse.

Rokita, will be aiming to replace Indiana’s current senator, Democrat Joe Donnelly. However, prior to squaring off against Donnelly, Rokita will have to defeat his other fellow declared Republican candidates, most notably 6th District Congressman Luke Messer. In all likelihood Indiana’s next senator will be whomever survives between Messer and Rokita.

Look we get it, the campaigns of Messer and Rokita will exchange harsh words and both will run negative ads against one another, while claiming “it’s not negative, it’s highlighting his weak record.” Nevertheless, one will win and despite the overwhelming negative, likely petty nature of the forthcoming campaign and everything that’ll be said, the other will come out and endorse the other.  That winner will then go on to defeat Democrat Donnelly because…well, this is Indiana.

Sharp words, negative ads and highlighting weaknesses in your opponent’s record are all part of the game, it’s politics.

Another important aspect of politics/running for office is defining oneself, one’s campaign. This type of political branding is most noticeable in a candidate’s and a campaign’s slogan. Whether it’s Hope, Change, I’m with Her or Make America Great Again, the slogan gives supporters and potential supporters an idea about what the candidate and the campaign is all about.

In the case of Rokita’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, his campaign’s slogan is the absurdly ridiculous “Defeat the Elite.”

First of all, what exactly does that even mean? Is his campaign trying to say he’s a political outsider who is going to take on the entrenched politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C.?  If so, might I remind them he’s a congressman and has been….since 2010. Before Congress, he served as Indiana’s secretary of state for eight years. Outsider, he is not.

It could also mean and, I hope this isn’t the case, that why be superior when you can be average? That isn’t to say that Donnelly is the greatest statesman that’s ever lived, he’s not. But why have a slogan that essentially translates to “shoot for the middle?”

For the record I’m not backing anyone at this point. I’m merely an objective observer. I’m not partial to any of the declared Republican candidates in the race for senate. It’s entirely way too early. There’s way too many articles to read that haven’t yet been written, too many ads to view that haven’t yet been produced and way too many speeches to listen to that haven’t been given yet. However, as the old saying goes, first impressions are important and monumentally influential at cementing likes, dislikes and beliefs. That’s especially true of a political campaign.

And “defeat the elite?” Really? Sure, it rhymes, but c’mon, that’s the best you could come up with? Just leave it blank if you don’t know the answer.

Republican Luke Messer officially announces Senate campaign

As expected, 6th District Congressman Luke Messer is running for U.S. Senate.

This really isn’t much of a surprised for anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes in the state of Indiana. Likely, the bigger surprise was how long it took his campaign to make it official

However, with a simple tweet, Messer announced his intentions Wednesday afternoon.

Now, Messer isn’t the only member of Indiana’s U.S. House delegation expected to throw their hat in the ring.

Very similar to Messer, 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, is also to challenge for the Republican nomination.

Again, much like Messer, it’s more a question of when, not if Rokita will get in the race.

Now, when Messer and Rokita are both officially in the race, they’ll be battling one another for the chance to go up against Indiana’s senior senator, Democrat Joe Donnelly.

While theoretically the race to become Indiana’s next U.S. senator will come down to a race between whatever Republican survives the primary and Donnelly, that won’t really be the case.

The winner of the Republican primary will essentially be the Indiana’s next senator. Donnelly, while a pretty conservative Democrat, just has too much against him.

In 2012, when Donnelly was elected to the Senate, he ran against an extremely weak Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock. Additionally, just weeks before the election, Mourdock said “pregnancy from rape is something God intended.”

As you can imagine this comment got plenty of attention, not only in Indiana, but nationally.

Even with Mourdock being a perennial candidate, running for nearly every office imaginable in Indiana at one time or another, his comment getting national attention, Donnelly still only managed to win election by 4-5 percent.

This isn’t likely to be the case this time.

Indiana is a traditionally red state, Donnelly is a Democrat. Anyone who did not think the Republicans would sink a ton of money to take back this seat, which belonged to Richard Lugar for nearly four decades, is kidding themselves.

On top of all of this, the biggest hurdle to Donnelly’s reelection to the Senate will be the discovery that he profited from shipping American jobs overseas. This is a bad revelation in and off itself, but given the fact that Sen. Donnelly rails against companies for doing the very same thing and well, you’ve got a problem.

Republicans take back Indiana Democrats only statewide seat fairly easy next year.

Ladies of the GOP, Start Leading

Now that the House has passed a new health care bill, the Senate is hard at work on their version. The left has already been quick to point out that there are no women working on the bill and that once again “old, white men” are making healthcare decisions for women.

While I completely disagree that the male members of the GOP are doing this purposefully to try to control and harm women, I do think they need to step back and see that they have a very serious image problem with women. The left is winning this narrative and women overwhelmingly vote Democrat.

The Republican Party has no shortage of smart, independent women in politics and they’d be wise to include them when working on legislature pertaining to health care, especially if it affects women.

Sure, women voted these men in office but when image is everything, having a little estrogen on your team will go a long way to prove to the feminist harpies that you’re not the party of old white men and sexist pigs. Trust me, the GOP really doesn’t want women dying in the streets because they can’t get the healthcare they need. But the liberals have crafted a very convincing perception that they do simply because it doesn’t appear that any women are giving input on legislation that pertains to them.

So here’s a little advice to the men of the GOP: there are twenty-one Republican women serving in Congress. Reach out to them. Get them on your team and then maybe then the narrative will start to change and bring new voters over to the right side.