President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, who have been starved for good news through much of 2010, finally received a generous helping Tuesday night. Republicans, meanwhile, were left with several new reasons to wonder whether all the favorable national trends showing up in polls are enough to overcome local candidates who are inspiring little confidence about their readiness for the general election 12 weeks from now. – Primary night yields good news for President Obama and Democrats
Baseball, as metaphor today, with the Cards v. Cincy game a good backdrop, especially with WWE a winner last night, and gives you an idea of the atmosphere in the country politically as well. Democrats and the Republican Tea Party are in a brawl, which is a much tighter contest than anyone is spinning. Everyone hates each other and that goes well beyond any anti-incumbent spin that doesn’t tell the story at all.
General discontent revs up everyone’s motor when nobody likes the infrastructure set up that drives national politics.
In Colorado, Republicans fielded not only a weak candidate against Sen. Bennet, but the entire state ticket on the right reveals signs of Tea Party craziness. Same goes for Nevada, where Republicans took a likely pickup in Harry Reid’s seat and blew it by nominating Sharon Angle, one of the wackiest candidates in the country. That is until you get to Rand Paul, with the latest story on him from GQ magazine a laugh riot, unless of course you’re the woman who Paul and his friends, in a blinding pot haze, allegedly blindfolded, tied up and stuffed in a car, then later made to worship at the altar of “Aqua Buddha”:
The strangest episode of Paul’s time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul’s teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, “He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.” After the woman refused to smoke with them, Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. “They told me their god was ‘Aqua Buddha’ and that I needed to bow down and worship him,” the woman recalls. “They blindfolded me and made me bow down to ‘Aqua Buddha’ in the creek. I had to say, ‘I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.’ At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no.”
Nearly 30 years later, the woman is still trying to make sense of that afternoon. “They never hurt me, they never did anything wrong, but the whole thing was kind of sadistic. They were messing with my mind. It was some kind of joke.” She hadn’t actually realized that Paul wound up leaving Baylor early. “I just know I never saw Randy after that-for understandable reasons, I think.”
The whole article is priceless in that Rand Paul Is Even Crazier Than We Thought sort of way. Can’t Democrats mine this for negative ads to help out Jack Conway? To add in further developments, the woman in question has now issued one hell of a “clarification,” which puts Esquire in quite a position.
If you throw in Dick Armey’s view on Social Security, which is basically to dismantle FDR’s safety net so seniors are put at risk, well, the Tea Party crew is going to make sure even in low enthusiasm that Democrats have a real chance to keep their majorities.
Of course, just like the Cards v. Cincy game, when antipathy and tempers are high nothing is certain, except that none of these factions are friends.
Yet the Democrats should feel good about things right now. In the game of my guy is bad, but the other guy is worse, the Republican Tea Party is serving up a lot of losers. Seriously, when Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who won her primary last night in Connecticut, a woman who has been seen kicking people in crotches is being touted as someone who represents the best of what the right has got to offer, if Democrats can get their act together they just might hold on to the majority.
Though let’s be serious, considering what Pres. Obama and the Democrats have done with that majority the only outcome if Dems prevail is at least the country didn’t send a bunch of Sharon Angles to Congress. Meanwhile, Chris Bowers rebuts recent polling of Democratic enthusiasm for Obama, which I’ll leave you to dissect yourself.
The downer in the picture looking to 2012 is that Pres. Obama has apparently lost the Walter Cronkite of Spanish media, Jorge Ramos. It’s a problem depending on what Republicans offer up, which right now is simply tinkering with the 14th Amendment, which once again gives Democrats and Pres. Obama a way to stay in power.
All this being true, I remain one of the doubters that progressives and liberals will be excited about 2010, which I believe is true of 2012 too, until and unless Pres. Obama and the Democrats do something they haven’t done yet, which is to act like Democrats, instead of dragging the Left to the right.