Behind the Ad: Out of the mouths of babes…

Who: The Ben Sasse U.S. Senate campaign
Where: Nebraska
What: We can say what, or we can say WTF. In this very peculiar ad, Ben Sasse, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska, has his two lovely young daughters speak, obviously unscripted, about how their daddy really and truly hates Obamacare.

“He does not like ObamaCare. He’s read it and he realizes how bad it is, and he wants to find a way to, um, destroy it and rebuild something that’s successful. He despises it,” says 10-year-old Alex Sasse to kick off the ad.

So many candidates running in GOP primaries are tripping over each other to convince party members they are more opposed to Obamacare than anyone else could possibly be.
In Sasse’s case, he was once an advisor to the secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush so his supporters think he would be just the guy to take apart Obamacare and replace it with something else. Gook luck with that.
This will be an open seat since Republican Sen. Mike Johann’s is retiring. In a five-way GOP primary, former state Treasurer Shane Osborne is considered the front runner by virtue of the fact that he is the only candidate to have held state-wide office.  Sasse is, however, making it competitive. The primary is May 13th. And since the Democrats are nowhere in this one, the winner of the GOP primary gets to be the Senator, in all likelihood.
Grade: As for the ad, as I say, lovely children, but give me a break. Is this what public policy debate has come to in America? Someone’s daddy really, really, really hates Obamacre. Geeeesh! D.

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