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United States Navy Lieutenant Shane Osborn (C) gestures April 14, 2001 as he describes the dive his  EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft took after colliding with a Chinese military jet off the coast of China April 1 during a press conferece before returning home to the state of Washington at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Surrounding him are crew members Senior Petty Officer Nicholas Mellos (L), AT2 David Cecka, CTI2 Brandon Funk and Petty Officer 2nd class Wendy Westbrook.  24 crew members of the surveillance airplane were detained 10 days by the Chinese government after they collided with an intercepting Chinese jet April 1. The surveillance plane is still being held. - RTXKFZX United States Navy Lieutenant Shane Osborn (C) gestures April 14, 2001 as he describes the dive his EP-3E reconnaissance aircraft took after colliding with a Chinese military jet off the coast of China April 1 during a press conferece before returning home to the state of Washington at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Surrounding him are crew members Senior Petty Officer Nicholas Mellos (L), AT2 David Cecka, CTI2 Brandon Funk and Petty Officer 2nd class Wendy Westbrook. 24 crew members of the surveillance airplane were detained 10 days by the Chinese government after they collided with an intercepting Chinese jet April 1. The surveillance plane is still being held. - RTXKFZX  

Going down in flames: Shane Osborn decides to lose ugly in Nebraska

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      Matt K. Lewis is a senior contributor to The Daily Caller, and a contributing editor for The Week. He is a respected commentator on politics and cultural issues, and has been cited by major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Matt is from Myersville, MD and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. Follow Matt K. Lewis on Twitter <a>@mattklewis</a>.

I was almost starting to feel sorry for Shane Osborn.

After all, he had been spurned by the conservative movement in favor of a fresher face named Ben Sasse, had been unceremoniously un-endorsed (for really no good reason) by FreedomWorks, had his military service questioned, and was effectively “swift-boated” in an ad paid for by an outside group.

But, having been outmaneuvered by Sasse, instead of going out with his head held high, a desperate Osborn now appears to be grasping at straws.

As TheDC’s Neil Munro reports,

A new campaign-trail pledge to vote against any immigration increases took center stage in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary race on Friday, when candidate Shane Osborne slammed his rival for not signing the pledge and also charged him with deception.

“Nebraskans are learning that Ben Sasse isn’t the candidate he’s pretending to be [and] on the most important issues of the day, from Immigration to ObamaCare, Sasse is no conservative,” said a statement from the campaign, only four days before voting begins on Tuesday.

Aside from the obvious points about Osborn being down in the polls — and this being a desperate move made just a couple days before the primary election — it’s important to consider just what this “pledge” is — and what it is not.

This is not a pledge merely to oppose “amnesty,” nor is this a group strictly opposed to illegal immigration. As Jonathan Strong points out, “The pledge, from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), asks candidates to vow to oppose amnesty, increases in legal immigration, and increases in the number of guest workers.”

They don’t just want to stop illegal immigration, they want to stop…immigration. And Osborn is attacking Ben Sasse because he hasn’t (at the time of this writing) acceded to these pressure tactics to endorse this nativist message.

It’s quite sad, really. With his campaign faltering, Shane Osborn has decided this is the way he wants to go out. Not above the fray, but instead, in the mud.