While generally every election brings about its own headaches, deep down I love big election years. Especially during the primaries. The campaign ads that I see flash across my television or on my computer screen are often absolutely hilarious.
Take for instance George Republican Senate candidate David Perdue, who recently aired an ad depicting his GOP opponents as crying babies wearing diapers.
Perdue says during the ad:
“The decision in this election is very simple. If you like the results coming out of Washington right now, then pick one of these four professional politicians. It really won’t matter because you know nothing will change.”
He then says later he’s tired of the “childish behavior” that’s taken over Washington. Which is a bit ironic considering it’s sort of childish to create a campaign ad featuring babies in diapers with your opponent’s names on each child.
But that’s just my opinion.
I guess this is just a sign of desperation, as a poll done by the Citizens United PAC found that Perdue is dead last out of the five candidates, with Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and former Secretary of State Karen Handel all getting more support.
It seems Mr. Perdue is taking the cliché Republican argument that, “I’m a business man (he’s the former CEO of Dollar General) and we need someone who knows how to run a business who isn’t a ‘Washington Insider’ to get things done in Washington D.C.”
Funny, the “outsiders” (many of them being tea party Republicans) are actually the biggest reason why there’s so much gridlock in Washington these days.
And I’ve still never understood the argument that being a businessman somehow qualifies you to perform well in government. I’ve worked for several big corporations. I’ve seen how unethical and despicable many of their “business practices” are. Those aren’t the type of people I want running a nation.
Americans aren’t profits margins – we’re people. You can’t run a country based on how you run a business that you’re trying to squeeze every last dime out of. Knowing how to cut corners, cut jobs, reduce benefits, overwork employees and provide miserable working conditions so that the company can “increase its revenue” isn’t how the United States should be run.
And I’ve been to several Dollar General stores – I sure as hell don’t want this country run that same way.
It’s clear that Mr. Perdue is nothing more than a standard Republican who’s trying to portray himself as a “Washington outsider” while being nothing more than another former CEO who thinks that we can run this country like a business. But hey, at least he gave us a cheap laugh.