GOP Senate Meltdown

Posted by: on Oct 12, 2004 | No Comments

(Been busy swing statin’… sorry for the lack of recent posts)
Something stinks in OK and KY — it’s their GOP Senate candidates. Regardless of your politics, these two take wingnuttery to a level which would even embarrass the Bugman. (Okay, maybe not.) Can’t subjugate without a majority, I ‘spose… must. win. at. any. cost.
First up: Baseball hall-of-famer and first term KY Senator Jim Bunning. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

It’s no secret in Kentucky that Sen. Jim Bunning, a Republican who was expected to coast to reelection on Nov. 2, has been acting strange. Over the past few months, Bunning has angrily pushed away reporters, exchanged testy words with a questioner at a Rotary Club and stuck to brief, heavily scripted remarks at campaign events, delivered in a halting monotone. The former major league baseball star now travels the Bluegrass State with a special police escort, at taxpayer expense. His explanation? Al-Qaida may be out to get him.
On Monday, however, Bunning — who turns 73 this month — abruptly retreated behind yet another barrier, in an action so inexplicable that it appears likely to bring the rumors about his health, now referred to obliquely in Kentucky news reports, into open discussion. It may also mark a turning point in a race that, against all expectations, has been tightening recently.
Saying falsely that he was needed in Washington this week for Senate votes, Bunning tore up his own carefully crafted debate agreement and refused to return to Kentucky on Monday for his one scheduled debate with Mongiardo. It was to have taken place at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the Lexington, Ky., studio of WKYT-TV. Instead, Bunning insisted on “debating” via satellite from the womblike conditions of the Republican National Committee headquarters studio in Washington.
The senator refused to allow a member of the Kentucky media to be present at the RNC studio to monitor whether Bunning was receiving assistance with his answers, according to Mongiardo campaign manager Kim Geveden and WKYT news director Jim Ogle. And Bunning refused to engage reporters via satellite in a previously agreed upon post-debate news conference, insisting instead that his 15 minutes of answering questions occur by telephone, without accompanying video footage.

And then there’s our friend Tom “cryptosporidium kills fags dead” Coburn, who — THANK GOD — is finally thinking about the blessed children of OK:

…lesbianism is so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they’ll only let one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue. How is it that that’s happened to us?

Coburn’s opponent Brad Carson is about as exciting as watching moss grow on a rock, and he’d never float here on the coast, but this ain’t OK. I don’t know anything about Bunning’s opponent, Daniel Mongiardo (who Bunning likens to one of Saddams’ sons), but good gravy, these people shouldn’t even be in the running, much less even on this planet.
So, WTF is wrong with KY and OK? Has there been a big sale at Wal-Mart thats got everyone distracted or sumthing?
UPDATE: If you’re in one of those two states, here’s how you can help.