The beauty/curse of the American Democratic system is that any can throw forth their hat/rhinestone-studded diaper into the political ring and announce their sincere and inspiring/hilarious intentions to achieve elected office. What a great/ridiculous country this truly is…
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Tags: Al Franken, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Fred Thompson, Jesse Ventura, Jon Stewart, Linda McMahon, Sports, The Daily Show, Video, Wrestling
Okay, some of the candidates featured in these clips are more Tea Party-ish than others. But, if you widen the definition of Tea Party candidate to mean "conservative candidate who fancies self as outsider and/or has own head up ass" then these should all work fine…
Christine O'Donnell & Carl Paladino
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You know when you're having dinner with a group of friends, and maybe somebody gets a little too crunkified and turns to one of the other guys and says something really mean but also totally true?
The state of Connecticut is now that awkward dinner party, thanks to Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon's new attack ad against her opponent, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Um, can we really call it an "attack" ad when it's just a "stating the actual facts" ad?
The video the McMahon campaign obtained shows Mr. Blumenthal, the state’s attorney general, delivering an address that it says occurred in Bridgeport in 2003 to express support for American troops overseas. "When we returned, we saw nothing of this gratitude," Mr. Blumenthal said.
The video of Mr. Blumenthal, who has been under fire for exaggerating his military record, was part of a 30-second advertisement in which the narrator asks: "If he lied about Vietnam, what else is he lying about?"
Of course, if Blumenthal had been using "we" in the metaphorical sense, it might not have been such a big deal. But as the New York times points out it pointed out in May, Blumenthal has a history of, um, lying about history. In March 2008, he reportedly told a ceremony of Connecticut veterans and military supporters, "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it." Ooh, except he totally never went to Vietnam and certainly was never in The Shit.
Well, hey, maybe he just really, really liked Tim O'Brien's classic Vietnam memoir The Things They Carried, and, you know, was writing fan fiction. And then reciting that fan fiction as truth, in front of actual military veterans. This is akin to performing in a Star Wars-themed LARP festival in front of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and whoever played Boba Fett. And that sounds like fun! Right? RIGHT? Blumenthal should probably use this defense tonight in his first formal debate with McMahon.
Tags: Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Military, Richard Blumenthal, Senate, Vietnam
Make-Believe Vietnam Vet Still Beating Real-Life Professional Wrestling Mogul in Connecticut Senate Race
A new poll in Connecticut seems to show that voters there are not concerned with a candidate pretending to serve in a war that he never served in, just so long as he's not the former CEO of the largest professional wrestling league in the world who fires employees by kicking them in the dick on national television.
Because, hey, every state has its limits…
[A] new poll from Quinnipiac University shows [Richard] Blumenthal is still dominating the race for Senate in the wake of a brutal New York Times story that accused him of lying about his military record.
The poll, one of the most respected in Connecticut politics, shows Blumenthal ahead of likely Republican nominee Linda McMahon by a whopping 25 points. He leads the race by a margin of 56-31. That's down somewhat from the astronomical 61-28 lead Blumenthal had in the March Q poll, but — as they say in the business — anything over 20 is a good day.
Tell that to my Spanish-American war buddies who died over there in Iwo Jima fighting for the liberation of Catalonia. You think they'd say anything over 20 is a good day? Ha! They ate the number 20 for breakfast. And they were thankful for it!
Think about that.
Tags: Chris Dodd, Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Military, Polls, Richard Blumenthal, Senate, Vietnam, Wrestling
You know what modern politics is really missing? A professional wrestling-type atmosphere of cartoonish characterizations and juvenile rivalries.
That's why I think this is the best news I've heard since Mr. America unmasked himself and revealed that he was actually Hulk Hogan in disguise*…
Linda McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment [and wife of Vince McMahon], is weighing a run as a Republican against Sen. Chris Dodd (D) in Connecticut in 2010. A source close to McMahon said that she is "seriously considering" the race and touted her as a serious candidate based on a resume that includes leading a $1 billion publicly traded company based in Stamford, Conn.
The source also noted that McMahon would be willing and able to spend significant sums on the race, an x-factor that could make her competitive in a primary against former representative Rob Simmons, former ambassador Tom Foley and state Sen. Sam Caliguri.
Well, at any rate, this would make the debating process a lot more interesting. And I wouldn't count of Dodd just yet.
I mean, have you seen his head? I'll bet he can withstand a good four or five blows from folding chairs and still pick himself back up again.
* Or something. I have no idea what I'm talking about. The last time I watched wrestling, the Iron Sheik was a major player.
Tags: Chris Dodd, Connecticut, Linda McMahon, Senate, Wrestling