Tuesday, October 26, 2010

It just keeps gettin' weirder in Tea-bag land

"It still hasn't gotten weird enough for me."
The tea-baggers are completely losing it!
  • In Nevada, Senate candidate Sharron Angle continues to refuse access to reporters.  In one of the strangest campaign strategies seen in recent times, Angle is avoiding media exposure in the last week of the campaign.  A politician running away from the cameras!   

    Angle's campaign is running some of the most racially provocative ads in the country.  Check this one out.

    At the same time, Latinos for Reform, which was later exposed as a Republican front group, ran ads last week in an attempt to suppress Latino turnout in the election.  Check out this ad.  (There is also a Spanish language version.)

    All year long we've been hearing about the so-called "enthusiasm gap" between grass-roots GOP and Democrats. Angle's campaign would seem to be doing everything it can to increase Latino turnout which can only redound to the benefit of Harry Reid.

  • In Kentucky, at a debate between candidates for the US Senate seat, Rand Paul supporters roughed up a protester (23 year-old Lauren Valle).  Tim Profitt, Paul's Bourbon County campaign coordinator actually stomped on the woman's head as she lay on the concrete. 

  • And, of course, there is Christine O'Donnell, the Republican candidate for the Delaware Senate seat, who felt compelled to make an ad informing voters that... well...

If you've ever read anything written by Hunter S. Thompson, the original Gonzo journalist, you certainly must have noticed that, while a highly-entertaining, often hilarious writer, Thompson was --well, let's say he was wound a little tight and leave it at that.  Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone magazine, covering Nixon in the '72 presidential campaign.

In 1980, Thompson was the subject of the flick, Where the Buffalo Roam, portrayed (quite well) by Bill Murray.  In the closing sequence, Thompson is seated in the middle of the floor in his isolated woodland cabin, his doberman pincer at his side, and a blow-up doll of Richard Nixon across his lap.  As I recall, he is stroking the doll's forehead and staring off into the distance.  "I'll tell ya one thing," he says, presumably to the doberman pincer.  "It still hasn't gotten weird enough for me."

Well, to the extent that Bill Murray's character at all resembled the real Hunter Thompson, one is compelled to wonder:  Would Hunter Thompson think it was weird enough for him now?

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