By Jeff Rutherford
Ever notice how elections often look like you’re watching through a kaleidoscope? Here is a little collection of examples from 2014:
1. “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. …Let’s make ‘em squeal.” – Joni Ernst, Republican Senatorial candidate from Iowa.
2. In the embattled Colorado Senate race, “Nonpartisan groups give [Republican candidate] Cory Gardner a failing grade.” Which nonpartisan groups? Planned Parenthood, for one. Yeah, sure — nonpartisan. Right.
3. John Boehner suffers from “electile dysfunction,” which occurs when “a politician has been in D.C. too long. It goes to his head, and he just can’t seem to get the job done.” – J.D. Winteregg, primary challenger in Ohio, who lost his job at a small Christian college due to this ad, and then lost the primary.
4. “Everything we believe in, they [Republicans] hate. They don’t disagree – they hate. …Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over and that they won the Civil War.” – Charlie Rangel, Democrat Rep from NY Congressional District 13 in New York City.
5. “Obama headlined a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser Wednesday afternoon in Denver, with half the money raised at the event going to Sen. Mark Udall’s campaign. …While the President spoke and took questions from those attending the fundraiser at a downtown Denver hotel, Udall wasn’t there.” – CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser. Why wasn’t Udall there? According to a Udall campaign statement: “Due to last-minute votes and legislative activity, Mark will be unable to make the trip back to Colorado on Wednesday. The Senate has decided to vote on Wednesday to confirm the new U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development.” But the HUD Secretary confirmation had broad bipartisan support, and Udall’s vote was not critical to its passage.
6. “Republican Cuts Kill.” Political ad by The Agenda Project claiming that cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Obama’s budget, and forced cuts due to sequestration, are all Republicans’ fault and are responsible for the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
7. “Guys, guys, guys, guys. If Cory Gardner gets his way, you better stock up on condoms.” – NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado ad, despite the fact that Gardner advocates making birth control pills available over-the-counter without a prescription.
8. “[Kentucky Senate challenger] Alison Lundergan Grimes has barnstormed Kentucky, talking up her support for raising the minimum wage. …So you might be surprised to find out that Grimes’ family business [“Hugh Jass Burgers”] pays some tipped employees only minimum wage [$2.13/hour]. ” – Chris Frates, CNN reporter.
9. “A while back, Congressman Yoder made news by skinny-dipping on the job. But it’s more shameless what he’s doing to Kansas. The nekkid truth is that Yoder voted to cut Medicare for seniors.” – Ad for Democrat candidate Kelly Kultala, challenging KS 3rd District Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder. The reference is to his bad judgement in removing his clothes to briefly swim alone in the Sea of Galilee during a congressional fact-finding trip to Israel in 2012.
10. “I believe in every aspect of our Constitution, which even a baby knows includes the 2nd amendment. If you’re the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister Lynnette, and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I’m gonna use my Glock to blow your balls off.” – Bob Quast, independent candidate for an open state Senate seat in Iowa.