May 9, 2018

Overreact, Moi?

I'll borrow my mea maxima culpa from Jim Geraghty:

Whew! Was all of that worry about Don Blankenship much ado about nothing? Blankenship finished with just under 20 percent.

The Blankenship panic probably reflects what occurs when there's a dearth of reliable polling in a state primary, coupled with a hangover from the GOP's Roy Moore debacle in Alabama. (The fact that West Virginia Republicans rejected Blankenship pretty thoroughly makes the Alabama Republican primary voters look even worse. This isn't a national madness, driving Republicans to support the wildest, most controversial and outrageous nominee available.)

Me and #CocaineMitch are feeling pretty good today! [Snifffffff!]

I should admit to have overreacted. The rot in the GOP is not as deep as I feared. I've shared a party with religious wackos for many years (and many responsible, sensible, and devout liberty-loving patriots). Surely, I can sit next to the odd protectionist, populist. I'll just wash really good when I get home.

And President Trump will only be in office for, what, 15-20 years after dismantling the Constitution -- then things will get back to normal...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:29 AM | Comments (5)
But Terri Goon thinks:

Just curious....why do you think he'll dismantle the constitution?
And I'll grant you he doesn't understand the constitution, but I'm not at all sure how he could dismantle it in this clime or what it is he wants to dismantle.

Posted by: Terri Goon at May 9, 2018 12:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

First let me just apply a bit of salve - it's quite possible that the deep and wide denunciations of Blankenship, including by Trump himself, changed voters minds. Sometimes overreaction has a positive effect. And if the result had been different, it wouldn't have been overreaction. [Werner Heisenberg had something important to say on this point.]

Terri's question is apropos, but I sense that you're venting more than predicting. If not then I would also ask, what do you consider "get back to normal" to look like?

Finally, did you see the meme that Cocaine Mitch Tweeted after Blankenship hit the blankenberg? (Of course you did, you retweeted it.) Mitch looks like he's standing and smiling in an airborne cloud of white powder! OMG.

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2018 2:31 PM
But jk thinks:

I thought you both were more used to me by now. I was totally, 100% kidding about President Trump's usurping the electoral process and staying in office. Tongue firmly in cheek -- promise.

And the Ohio primary results were favorable too. If my Town of residence had not belly-flopped into the deep end of Boulderism last night, I'd be politically quite content.

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2018 2:53 PM
But jk thinks:

James Freeman has a funny angle: you win a primary and every headline features the name of the guy you beat.

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2018 4:21 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Religious wacko? Hey! I resemble that remark! (you should see some of my friends when I try to describe fasting...)

Posted by: nanobrewer at May 22, 2018 12:04 AM

May 7, 2018

Wait a Minute, I've Seen This Before

Let us inaugurate the 117th Congress category and briefly toast this humble blog's longevity.

And we open with -- WHOOOBOY! -- Don Blankenship, running for the GOP Senatorial nomination in West Virginia:

Jim Geraghty says:

(Separately from being a bad person, but in the category of being a bad candidate, his onscreen persona is . . . challenging. I've seen more natural and comfortable statements in hostage tapes.)

But, less amusingly:
If Republican primary voters in West Virginia select the worst possible candidate, right after Republican primary voters in Alabama chose the worst possible candidate . . . it starts to become really difficult to get emotionally invested in the fate of the Republican party. What's the point of pulling for this party if its voters keep nominating the worst possible choice over and over again?

To the President's credit, he has come out early and strongly against Blankenship. The worst part of the Roy Moore fiasco in Alabama was RNSC and Administration complacency.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:17 AM | Comments (7)
But johngalt thinks:

Hmmm. Not a senate candidate from "central casting" but he's doing one thing I'll stand up and applaud - speaking out about government regulatory and judicial corruption. Whether running for senate or not is a good idea, opening the dome to let the sun shine in most certainly IS. Let's agree that his claims of unfair and even illegal prosecution deserve to be investigated, even though he was the CEO of an eevil coal company.

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 2:59 PM
But jk thinks:

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So, if a candidate does "one thing you'll applaud" it is fine for him to make outrageous, baseless accusations ("Cocaine Mitch?" Really? Out of any disagreements with the Majority Leader, the one thing I never leaped to was "Dude looks hopped up on Coke.") and FILTHY, real-live racist slurs against Secretary Chao.

No, no, no, no, no. He doesn't have a point. It's not worth looking into. If this is where the Republican party is -- and I fear it may be -- I cannot run from it quickly enough.

Posted by: jk at May 8, 2018 4:18 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"Cocaine Mitch" undoubtedly alludes to this:

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 4:38 PM
But jk thinks:

1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . oh, hell...

Thanks, I was not aware of the charges against his Father-in-laws' boat. It answers a question (I suspect Leader McConnell would be all the better for a few snorts).

It does not improve my impression of Mister Blankenship.

For the record, I defended Christine O'Donnell and Ken Buck. I wish they had not defeated more electable candidates but politics ain't beanbag.

I cannot and will not defend Todd Akin, Roy More, or -- now -- Don Blankenship. We are allowed to say "you may be of my party, but you do not speak for me."

Posted by: jk at May 8, 2018 4:54 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Turns out he only speaks for 1 in 5 WV Republicans. He finished in third place.

Posted by: johngalt at May 8, 2018 11:01 PM
But jk thinks:

Yessir. Mea culpas above.

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2018 11:38 AM