With the 2012 presidential campaign in full-on mode, the focus on the two candidates is pretty much non-stop. Every news cycle, there's coverage of the latest ad, the latest response to the latest ad, the latest gaffe, and yet another expose of something that only the punditry cares about. With all this, it's easy to forget that there are other candidates for other offices running too, and that's where things sometimes get interesting.
House Rep Joe Walsh (R-IL) is running for re-election, which has him out stumping and talking to (and sometimes ranting at) his constituents. Like most Republican House members, Walsh is not a fan of President Obama. He made that abundently clear on Sunday when he referred to the president as "son"
At a campaign barbecue in his district Sunday, Walsh was explaining what he hopes will be the tea party's role in the election:
"There's something different on the ground, and I think it's going to overtake us all again, think it's going to overtake the political class. I think it's going to respectfully pick this president up and pat him on the head and say, son, son, son, Mr. President, you were never ready to be president, now go home and work for somebody and find out how the real world works."
Some people are saying this was a racist comment... it is certainly condescending coming from someone who is about the same age. Pat him on the head? Walsh is running against Tammy Duckworth, a military veteran whose service Walsh has criticized. He certainly needs to go home and work for somebody and find out that assholes don't deserve to get re-elected.
Another gem is Todd Akin, running for Senate in Missouri. He is a staunch anti-abortion advocate, and said Wednesday that the "Morning After" pill should be outlawed
“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion,” he told KCMO’s Greg Knapp, “and I think we shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”
Akin suggested there should be no exceptions for rape or incest. When it came the mother’s health, doctors should try to “optimize life.”
Akin is one of a small handful of hard right-wing ideologues nominated in their states to run for Senate who may end up putting Dems in those seats
Two years ago, even as the Republican Party stormed into power in the House, a crop of hard-right Senate nominees flamed out and cost the party valuable seats. Now, it might be déjà vu as Democrats happily compare several new conservative Senate candidates to Christine O’Donnell, the tea party darling who infamously cost Republicans what should have been a surefire seat.
In May, Indiana Republicans ousted 36-year Sen. Dick Lugar in favor of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, who famously says his idea of compromise is Democrats accepting the Republican viewpoint. He’s polling dead even with Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), the Democratic nominee. Lugar, by contrast, was widely seen as untouchable in a general election.
Next Tuesday, in a close three-way Wisconsin primary, Democrats are hoping tea party-backed Mark Neumann pulls out a victory, seeing him as the candidate they’re best positioned to defeat. The Club for Growth, which helped unseat Lugar, is backing Neumann.
A U.S. House seat is also up for grabs from Michigan, as the awesomely named Thaddeus McCotter is taken off the ballot after it was discovered that his staffers committed voter fraud
and ended up getting indicted. This resulted in only one Republican appearing on the primary ballot. This might be an easy House seat for the Dems.
With all this craziness going on with the candidates themselves, it can't compare with what goes on in pundit world. Most of that gets plenty of coverage, but there's one that deserves special mention: Jerome Corsi believes President Obama was married to a man before he married Michelle
In his video, he claimed multiple pictures proved that Obama wore a ring on his wedding-ring finger before he married Michelle in 1992.
"Evidently Obama has never explained it," Corsi said. "He has never given any discussion of it. It's like many of the factors of Obama's life. There are hidden aspects to it, lies, mysteries disinformation. Increasingly, I try to point out to people that Obama's life reads like a classic intelligence agency disinformation operation."
He noted there were pictures of Obama sitting on his Pakistani roommate's lap.
There's an old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. Apparently, desperation is too.