There is a new Lee Terry ad out that is maybe the single most ridiculous ad that grinning jackass has ever produced. The gist of it strikes at the heart of why I do this blog. In the video (which, maddeningly, is not available online…presumably because the Terry campaign thinks the internet is just a fad that will pass or is populated entirely by liberal hippies), Terry links Brad Ashford with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama. It ends, like Rickett’s commercials and Sasse’s commercials and ANY POLITICAL ADS EVER IN THE STATE OF NEBRASKA, with a statement that Brad Ashford is “too liberal” for Nebraska.
Brad Ashford was a f**king Republican.
Until 2011, he was a registered Republican. He ran for congress in 1994 as, wait for it, A REPUBLICAN. The reason I’m not head over heels in love with Ashford is because HE WAS A REPUBLICAN. The sheer audacity, the unbridled stupidity inherent in trying to brand Ashford as a liberal shows how completely and totally clueless and cowardly Terry and his cronies are. Down in the polls? Throw some “he’s a liberal” on the fire, that oughta do it!
Are you kidding me with this shit, Lee?! Is this real life?! You have a candidate-sponsored ad that claims a guy who has been, for most of his entire life and not just his political career, a registered Republican is secretly crazy liberal. Do you think we are as stupid as you look? Sadly, that’s not the dumbest thing you’ve ever done (see, “Damn straight!”).
This fundamentally pisses me off for many reasons, not the least of which is the continued use of “liberal” as a pejorative in our state. Tar and feather a candidate with the suggestion he may actually work with both parties (gasp) and you win the election. It’s ridiculous. Also, if Terry and company do believe this to any degree (which they may, you never know), it’s just proof of how far this party has gone off the rails. A guy who served as a Republican and an Independent is now “too liberal” for your party. Give me a friggin’ break.
Don’t fall for this shit, people. Whether or not you support Brad, do not let this kind of chickenshit, evidence-free, panicked argumentation stand as valid. Brad Ashford is as bipartisan a human as you’re likely to find running for political office. I don’t see that as a huge virtue, but allegedly the rest of humanity does. Don’t let Lee Terry Jedi f**king mind trick you into believing a guy is a liberal simply because he opposes the rampant douchebaggery of Terry and his party.
I’m done now.