Political Radar


June 16th, 2014

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has a new campaign ad featuring President Barack Obama's support of him in his race for the U.S. Senate against U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

Obama, along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D, Nevada) endorsed Schatz on May 31.

The 30-second TV spot features quotes from Obama touting Schatz as "protecting Hawaii's future" and "fighting every day on behalf of middle class families."

It ends with a quote:

"It's important to return Brian Schatz to the Senate."

The ad:

Schatz and Hanabusa are facing off in the Democratic primary election in August.


23 Responses to “'Protecting'”

  1. nonpolitic:

    I saw the ad this morning and must say that it sadly paints a very sycophantic view of our current senior U.S. Senator. Just take a look at each photo opportunity portrayed in the advertisement. In each one, it shows Mr. Schatz with a star-glazed look in his eyes as they are focused on the president. While I am primarily fan of Mr. Obama, I fail to see how endorsing a person who is clearly smitten with having a fellow Punahou alumnus as the president will benefit Hawaii. We need leaders in office who will have the courage to tell the president when he's wrong, not a person who will be a doe-eyed puppy dog yapping at the president's heels.

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Just like Obamacare, this endorsement is another fractured fairy tale that is worth than 18 months of a lame duck incumbent.

  3. Tyrion Lannister:

    If the President stopped quickly Abercrombie and Schatz would collide so hard they'd form a human centipede.

  4. Hmmm:

    The ad isn't for you Obama haters... It's for the 70- 75% of people in Hawaii who voted for Obama and who will be inclined to lean toward Schatz now... It's a power play by a sitting Senator... Shatz is a smart campaigner... Which usually translates into a smart operator in office...

    Btw... Believe me Hanabusa or anyone else would run this ad if they could... It will make a difference in the primary...

  5. nonpolitic:

    @ Hmmm: I agree with your contention that Mr. Schatz is a smart campaigner. However, by all accounts (and evidence), Mr. Schatz is far from a smart operator in office. In each public office held, it seems that he has failed to achieve anything notable other than to curry favor with those in power to aid his ascension, without ever actually doing anything. I think Hawaii would experience a greater benefit with someone in office who rises on their own merit. We need a person who is good at making sound policy decisions in office and actually getting things done, not a person who is just good at campaigning. Trust me, I've known (and continue to know) quite a few politicians who excel at getting elected, but are absolutely abysmal at public policy decision making and leadership. Sadly, Mr. Schatz falls more in this category.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    Many say that everyone is born with a twin.
    One good and one bad.
    During pregnancy the mother may lose one of two,
    sometimes fortunate and has a multiple birth.
    schatz was born a twin and his brother survived.

    Ask yourself, which of the better is schatz.
    Good or Bad?

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Any President in office with those who oppose and conspire to fail,
    can or will fail. So far President Obama is doing the best he
    can with all the hurdles placed in front of him to fail.
    If romney won, it would romneycare, but he cares only
    for the 1%.

    Scandals are created by those who are jealous of one's success.
    Even if President Obama is, to some failing, he is President while the others
    just raise cain. You want to do something then WIN. Only losers complain.
    fox media hires those who lost and are losers. News to those of genious status.

  8. itoboy:

    Obama endorsement or not, I consider Schatz to the better choice - just my opinion. Hanabusa just has too many instances of questionable behavior under her watch. I dare not cite specific instances lest I risk chastising from Especially Incognito that Hanabusa's dark moments (there are many) can be easily found with a Google search; although I'm happy to provide examples if anyone asks. Hanabusa's dark moments lead me to believe she lacks good judgment and character, and does NOT have the best interests of Hawaii at heart - she's in it for herself and a very small group in her inner circle. Nevertheless, in my humble uninformed opinion, Schatz has done more in the last 18 months since becoming U.S. Senator than Hanabusa has since she was elected to Congress in 2010 - and I've voted for her everytime she's run for Congress until now. I certainly don't agree with everything Schatz has done, but he's still the better alternative.

  9. Pay to play is the game:

    BJ, I have a question for you, isn't it illegal to use Air Force One in political ads? I swear there was something of the nature of politicizing the United States Air Force.

  10. Especially Incognito:

    "This comfort with the order of language, unimpeded by
    the constipated grunts that punctuate so much local comedy.
    Needs to clean out it's intestines." Right itoboy?

    Did you clean out your intestines, itoboy?

    "I dare not cite specific instances lest I risk chastising from Especially Incognito that Hanabusa's dark moments (there are many) can be easily found with a Google search; although I'm happy to provide examples if anyone asks." itoboy.

    "So . . . Hanabusa and Hanneman are on the same page when it comes to bringing back the Superferry? Interesting . . . . Didn't know this. Especially Incognito: Is this something you can Google? This is interesting first-hand smoke to me." itoboy

    First hand smoke to you and to me it is second hand. Too bad your smartphone should be operated by a smarter person and not the phone that makes the owner smarter.

  11. itoboy:

    Especially Incognito: I knew I'd get a reaction out of you. I love it.

  12. Especially Incognito:

    The only attention you will get.

  13. Les von Arnswaldt:

    I'm with you itoboy. Schatz has proven himself a worthy Senator, and deserves my vote this time.

  14. Especially Incognito:

    "um ima have to say doggie" itoboy

    Interesting what one can find when they google.
    Right itoboy?

  15. itoboy:

    Especially Incognito: 2 separate responses this time. Wow, I'm feeling special.

  16. Especially Incognito:

    itoboy, than you qualify for special olympics.

    If you can count to three.

  17. Especially Incognito:

    "I don't have to come up with anything. Hanabusa's questionable ethics will spawn further controversy. She already has a long list of ethical lapses. Even assuming she had nothing to do with her deputy's "overstepping his authority", which is a very generous assumption, she's the captain of her office and responsible for her staff. Her failure to own up to what could be a violation of federal campaign spending laws by her deputy, the highest staffer in her DC office, indicates a lack of commitment to basic ethics and good judgment, which is unacceptable to me as a constituent. I shamefully regret that I voted for her over Ed Case and Charles Djou. As our rep., she owes an explanation and apology to the people she represents."

  18. itoboy:

    Especially Incognito: I wish I had as much time as you to post. If it makes you feel good, keep 'um coming.

  19. Especially Incognito:

    I will. Seems you got nothing else to do.
    itoboy, Go watch a bird do flips.

  20. itoboy:

    Especially Incognito: Yes, I'm watching you do flips.

  21. itoboy:

    And you're not doing a good job doing flips, either, but I admire the effort. That's why it's so entertaining.

  22. Especially Incognito:


  23. Especially Incognito:

    Actually it is

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