Politics does make strange bedfellows, as the saying goes, but in the US for this election cycle, it’s complete bat-shit-crazy — one wonders if there’s a certain element here that’s been created by some demented screenwriter.
In a couple of weeks, US peoples will go to the polls and there’s no doubt a certain portion of this country is way, way-dumb — and could create a serious, near-fatal slice into US life.
(Illustration found here).
The US has become so fragmented that strange, odd and just plain assholes have a chance to become rulers of the country, and there’s apparently nothing can be done about it — at my age (near 62), I’ve never witnessed anything like it in the 50 years I’ve been personally aware of such things as politics.
And I’m always reminded of the late, great Hunter Thompson who lamented for the “good old days” of Richard Nixon as the shit has gotten so deep that even a criminal political animal is A-okay.
Take just a couple of cases in the last few hours.
First, the witch’s brew of a candidate, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, who didn’t understand, or wasn’t aware the US Constitution contained parts that separated church and state.
“You’re telling me that’s in the First Amendment?” she asked, when Coons brought up the fact that the very First Amendment to the Constitution “bars Congress from making laws respecting the establishment of religion.”
O’Donnell was in a debate with Chris Coons at a law school, for shit’s sake, and the audience “gasped” and laughed at the craziness of O’Donnell’s WTF answer.
She’s so nutcase nutty, Elvira, the TV hostess has slipped out a parody video — see it here.
And then there’s Sarah Palin’s lapdog favorite, Joe Miller of Alaska, who hauled his own security team into the violent, terrible arena of an elementary school this past weekend for what his campaign called a “public event” and slapped handcuffs on a local reporter who just wanted to ask a few questions.
Read a summary here.
This type of bullshit has caused the US Department of Justice to investigate Tea Party voter harassment in Texas, where they accused of “hovering over” voters, “getting into election workers’ faces” and blocking or disrupting lines of voters who were waiting to cast their ballots as early voting got underway yesterday.
But there’s hope this won’t go far.
The Tea Party might go too far.
‘Republicans run the real risk of marginalizing themselves for a presidential election,’ said Thomas Mann of the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
‘If all of their candidates go running after the Tea Party, they will find they’re appealing to a distinct minority of the American public.’
Until then, the crazies are causing quite a scare.