Ellsworth running against … himself

posted at 2:55 pm on July 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

One of the lessons Brad Ellsworth learned in 25 years as a sheriff, he tells Indiana voters in a new ad, is when to recognize bull when he sees it.  Indiana voters will almost certainly recognize it when Ellsworth slings it.  The man who voted for both ObamaCare and TARP now argues that the folks in Washington spend too much money and don’t listen to their constituents while doing his best to keep them from recalling what Ellsworth’s been doing for the last four years:

But out in Washington, it’s like they live and breathe the stuff. They waste our money. They take care of special interests. And they don’t care if lobbyists write the laws.

“They”? What do you mean “they,” Congressman Ellsworth?  While representing IN-08 from January 2007 to now, Ellsworth supported the expansion of annual federal budgets from the $2.77 trillion in the budget that preceded Democratic control of Congress to the over $3.8 trillion of FY2010, an expansion of 37% in just three years.  He voted for the ObamaCare bill whose final version was written behind closed doors and pushed through Congress without giving any time for careful perusal or debate.  Ellsworth also backed TARP and Porkulus, the former of which ran off the rails and the latter of which managed to waste $800 billion more in off-budget dollars to deliver the worst civilian population participation in the workforce in over 10 years.

That’s quite a track record for a two-term Congressman representing a district that Cook rates as an R+8.  But if you read Ellsworth’s campaign biography, you’d think he hadn’t even had time to unpack his bags (emphasis mine):

Brad has represented the 8th Congressional District since 2007, and currently serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Small Business Committees. During his brief time in office, he has put his experiences as Sheriff to work solving problems, resolving disputes, and working to change the way Washington works.

Brief?  He’s coming up on four years, and now he wants six more as Evan Bayh’s replacement in the Senate.  Even according to Ellsworth himself in this ad, he hasn’t succeeded at all in “chang[ing] the way Washington works” after two terms in the House.  Why promote failure?


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Reap what they sow.

fogw on July 7, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Nothing surprises me anymore with these boneheads

fail

cmsinaz on July 7, 2010 at 3:02 PM

No chance against Coats. A month ago Rasmussen had him down 14%.

Doughboy on July 7, 2010 at 3:03 PM

The gop nominee needs to use this clip and insert all the Crap he has voted for….

cmsinaz on July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Why promote failure?

When all you got is Pork and Tarp, there is nothing else “THEY” (as in the voters) can do!

upinak on July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Local media to support the fact that Ellsworth never voted to expand the government or vote for great unread socialist legislation.

jukin on July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

This should make for some great fun for Coats. Just keep asking Ellsworth who “they” are? Follow Ellsworth with flip-cams until we get an answer.

WashJeff on July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

The only thing Ellsworth has going for him is Dan Coats. I state this as one who will vote for Coats, but my enthusiasm for him is on par with McCain. He’s a Republican who stands on shifting sands and does not inspire.

Extrafishy on July 7, 2010 at 3:04 PM

This guy’s future is very dim. Hoosiers have figured this loser and Baron Hill both out. Pelosi’s little “fetch it” boy’s!

rook105 on July 7, 2010 at 3:05 PM

The campaign advisors who put this ad together… are they laughing themselves all the way to the bank when they present Ellsworth with this crap?

myrenovations on July 7, 2010 at 3:07 PM

“They”? What do you mean “they,” Congressman Ellsworth?

There “they” is…..those damn guys, “they’s” always raising taxes and “they” always spending money ….

strawmen….gettin’ slayed.

ted c on July 7, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Our politicians really do think we are stupid.

indy8 on July 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Study this video closely…it’s a lesson in knowing Democratic duplicity.

The Republicans do not play this game but it’s time they did.

We should be running conservative candidates in liberal districts who are promoting themselves as progressives..and then legislating as conservatives.

rickyricardo on July 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I have seen the enemy, and it is……”THEY”

/Ellsworth

meh

ted c on July 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

I reject your reality and substitute my own!

NickelAndDime on July 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Our politicians really do think we are stupid.

indy8 on July 7, 2010

They have solid evidence from 2008.

Extrafishy on July 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

THEY LIVE.

Its becoming apparent that we are surrounded by “THEY”.

portlandon on July 7, 2010 at 3:13 PM

How condescending these fools are, the aristocrats. They think the people are all morons.

Schadenfreude on July 7, 2010 at 3:18 PM

He is pathetic, but more pathetic is the voters who sit there and nod there head in agreement…

right2bright on July 7, 2010 at 3:19 PM

“Aha, PRONOUN trouble!”
/Daffy Duck

DOOF on July 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM

I am They….

Errrrrrrrr.

tetriskid on July 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Hoosier blue daddy?

SlaveDog on July 7, 2010 at 3:33 PM

He looks nuts.

LASue on July 7, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I love how this guy talks like he is currently a small-town sheriff, who has been toiling away for the last twenty-five years in that position. He knows that “they” are congressional Democrats and that he has to run away from the brand as much as possible. There is no mention of his four years in Congress or his affiliation with the Democrat party anywhere in the ad. He must think that Hoosiers are pretty stupid. Please, Indiana, do not vote for this man! We in Michigan already have two buffoons in the Senate. We don’t need another senator from the Midwest who votes for Obama’s agenda.

WV736 on July 7, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Somebody needs to go to Washington, track down that guy who’s been spending all the money against the will of Congress and the president, and terminate him with extreme prejudice.

Cicero43 on July 7, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Our politicians really do think we are stupid.
indy8 on July 7, 2010

They have solid evidence from 2008.
Extrafishy on July 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Winner

KeepOhioRed on July 7, 2010 at 3:48 PM

We live in the 8th district,voted for Ellsworth twice,lawn signs,contributions the whole deal. All voting reluctantly and I do mean reluctantly for Coats. Ellsworth has been good on illegal immigration one of our issues while Coats was awful when in the senate. I have balsted Mr.Ellsworth in local letters to editor in the papaer,for instance he told a group in Washington, Indiana he never supported the pubilc option in the healthcare bill yet last November he voted for the version with the public option. He also first voted no to STIMULUS then after a ride on AF ONE with Obama to Elkhart Indiana he votes yes. He’s full of crap!!!

PTN 39 on July 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

When I was a kid loved to watch game shows and the $10,000 Pyramid was one of the best. Once they let William Shatner play the final round against himself. He lost, don’t know why this thread made me think of that.

Tommy_G on July 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

ted c on July 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

+1

cmsinaz on July 7, 2010 at 4:31 PM

It’s genius really.

In an environment where being an incumbent can literally mean the end to your political career, do everything in your power to portray yourself as the anti-incumbent candidate.

I predict NONE of the dem ads this fall will have them wearing suits and ties at a law office but jeans and rolled-up sleeves in a dingy barn. Like this guy.

Khorum on July 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Ed who is he running against it might be nice to have a look at his Republican challenger.

Dr Evil on July 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Capt. Ed playing “Name that party”?

J in STL on July 8, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Ed who is he running against it might be nice to have a look at his Republican challenger.

Dr Evil on July 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM

He’s running against Dan Coats, a former Republican Senator who is a big-government Republican with a penchant for getting along with the Dems. Like I said, uninspiring. I just have to hope he’s not too stupid to read the tea leaves.

Extrafishy on July 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM