Generally, voters can judge a candidate on a couple of things: his record, his positions on issues, not to mention how he conducts himself during the campaign. Yet, on all three of these fronts, Ricketts has failed to demonstrate even the slightest hint of this mysterious "courage" of which Hagel speaks.
Where is the courage in making the same empty promises of fiscal responsibility voters have been hearing for more than a decade? Where is the courage in running on an agenda of pure partisanship - blind, unwavering, and without question? And, where is the courage in spending millions and millions of dollars of a multi-billion dollar fortune on a self-indulgent and meaningless campaign devoid of substance from the start?
To think, all that money and all that freedom to run on actual issues with real ideas - all those opportunities to speak with true character and courage, answering to no one but the people of Nebraska - and this is the campaign Ricketts has run. How sad is that? Now, he wants us to believe Hagel's claim that Ricketts has "character and courage" in complete contradiction to what we've seen with our own eyes and heard with our own ears.
Who do these guys think they're kidding? Pete Ricketts hasn't spoken a word that hasn't been poll-tested. Nor has he even given a thought to straying from a single talking point or position packaged for him and wrapped with a nice pink bow by Washington D.C. Republicans.
Can you imagine, with Ricketts' endless financial resources, running a campaign that - at the end of the day - has less meaning than an episode of Seinfeld? The Pete Ricketts campaign has been the ultimate campaign about nothing. It was clear from the start that Ricketts' only concern is getting elected, just like his only qualification is being a Republican. Thankfully, the people of Nebraska seem to have seen through that raw egotistical emptiness, rejecting it outright.
I don't care how much Ricketts has spent on his campaign - this latest endorsement by Hagel proves that talk truly is cheap. Hagel tells us Ricketts has "character and courage," yet neither quality has been in evidence on the campaign trail. And any suggestion of courage - when Ricketts has stood for nothing but getting Pete Ricketts elected - would be downright laughable if it weren't so utterly dishonest.