Saturday, October 14, 2006

Midterm Election Fun: Nebraska Style!

Giant Douche or Turd Sandwich?
The election is less than a month a way, and you can't turn on a TV in Nebraska without seeing the face of either Pete Ricketts or Ben Nelson. Millions of dollars are being spent on attack ads that give you that warm, fuzzy feeling that only public displays of hypocrisy can elicit. Ricketts is the millionaire CEO of Ameritrade, Nelson is the millionaire incumbant and former Governor of Nebraska. Either way, we're getting a millionaire who will likely be a whore for special interests. Nebraskans are being forced to make a decision that many men at the Bunny Ranch in Nevada have struggled with: which whore do you want?
Nelson is barely a Democrat, but he's the closest thing to a Democrat that could get elected in a conservative stronghold like Nebraska. In most states, Nelson would be considered a moderate conservative at best. Ricketts is a bit of a political unknown, but if the early debates between the two candidates and Ricketts position statements on his website are any indication, Ricketts makes Trent Lott look progressive. Ricketts doesn't really have any views that could be considered moderate, whichs is a check against him in my book.
Both candidates have attack ads about how the other guy didn't pay their property taxes, and the facts support both candidates assertions. Both Ricketts and Nelson applied for and received significant property tax breaks, as millionaires have a tendency to do, regardless of their political party. Loyal supporters of both candidates will try to argue with you about tax structure or how both candidates earned their money honestly, so they should get to keep it, but it essentially boils down to the fact that both guys know how to work the system. And if you were in their shoes, you would do the same thing. People who say they wouldn't are liars.
At this point, I am going to reluctantly vote for Nelson. Ricketts comes across as a millionaire conservative tool, because he is. You could pull his platform right off the GOP website, and he obviously will tow the party line if elected. While Nelson is not really a Democrat, aside from his membership to the party, at least his political decisions aren't dictated by his party. I respect this a little bit, since the political process often gets bogged down in partisanship on both sides, and at least Nelson isn't a rubber stamp for his party, as Ricketts would obviously be.

7 comments:

CowboyLaw said...

Here's at least one reason you can't argue with which requires voting for Nelson: that seat counts towards who has the majority, and therefore, who gets to control committees, debates, etc. NEVER PULL A REPUBLICAN LEVER. If the Democrats put Hannibal Lecter up for a seat, I would either rethink my position on cannibalism, or (if worst came to worst) vote for the Green party.

Lord Bling said...

We're having some re-election fun here in Tex-ASS as well, mainly around the Governor's mansion. Rick 'Douchebag' Perry is the GOP incumbent, but he's being challenged by a moderate Democrat, some old cunt called 'One Tough Grandma' (Strayhorn), and Kinky Friedman. And no, I'm not making any of this up.

But let's talk about some REAL issues here. How 'bout dem Chiefs? muwhahahahahahahahahaha

Brandon-HCP said...

How about the two sacks of shit running for governor in Colorado? I watched a "debate" between the two on the local fox network, and to say that there was much left to be desired from either candidate would be a gross understatement of the facts at hand. When is it that Americans got left with nothing but the worst America has to offer to choose from for public offices?
I also heard over the radio this weekend that conservatives, rather than voting off party, are just not going to vote at all. What the hell is that about? I guess that's why democracy is the greatest in the world, right? No need to engage if you don't feel like it.
-HCP, frustrated in Colorado

Miles said...

Vote straight ticket Dem and fuck you, Bling.

Lord Bling said...

MUWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

My comment was aimed more at CowboyLaw, with his myopic view of his team, and leaving the Broncos behind because they didn't win it all when he was a little boy. I'm seeing a lot of fair-weather fans here in Dallas, now that T.O. caught three touchdown passes yesterday. He was the bane of every Cowboy fan's existence two weeks ago, but now everyone here seems to think he's going to be their savior or something. News flash ... he had a big game against the Texans, for fuck's sake.

My Donks and Avs winning only helps take away a little of the sting of being a Cub fan all my life. You wanna talk about pain? That would require an entirely new blog. Anyway, pissing you off was only an added bonus. But look at the bright side ... at least your Chiefs won't finish last in the division!

CowboyLaw said...

Yeah, fuck you and the Donkey you rode in on. BTW, my backup QB is ranked higher than the QB free agent y'all spent all that money on. Let's not spend too long talking about who got their ass handed to them by the Steelers, because I seem to remember a certain game not that long ago.........

Lord Bling said...

Bitter much? Too bad that QB rankings don't equate to wins...

Jake the Fake sucks ass, but still ... SCOREBOARD.