I have a confession to make: I love election years. Granted, every November brings about some kind of election, but the big ones every other year are always the best. The absolute absurdity that emanates from some of these candidates is astounding.
And while I find just a little more humor in those headlining candidates (because they actually have a legitimate shot at winning), some of the best pure comedy comes from the fringe candidates who almost stand no shot at even making the ballot.
Then again, when it comes to the Republican party (especially the tea party wing) is there really any such thing as a “fringe candidate” anymore?
Just about ten years ago someone like Ted Cruz or Michele Bachmann would have had zero chance at winning their primary, let alone a general election, yet both were elected to Congress. Someone like Rick Santorum wouldn’t have made it past the first couple of debates in a presidential primary, yet in 2012 he won several states and was a strong challenger to eventual winner Mitt Romney.
But when I ran across a campaign video for tea party Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, I witnessed next-level ridiculousness.
The video literally says that he has “big ones” — as in testicles. Oh, and he personally says that he’s married to the hottest woman in California and that he wants “a gun in every Californian’s gun safe” — because, you know, you can’t be a tea party candidate without making some pointless claim about gun ownership.
He also claims that California is on the path to banning hunting in the state.
Then he says something about McDonald’s paying around $15 an hour in North Dakota. I didn’t find much to verify that outside of a few online accounts where people said they made close to that at other jobs because of the economic boom due to the oil industry in the state. They also mentioned how rent for a one bedroom apartment in these areas has skyrocketed up to around $1,000 per month, and many people are forced to live in hotels or out of their cars.
That’s the kind of California Mr. Donnelly wants? Being paid $15 an hour sounds great, until you factor in that rent skyrocketed to rates so high that making $15 an hour is about the same as making $9 an hour.
And during this whole video he has a Hispanic woman “translating” what he says in Spanish — I’m assuming to appeal to Spanish-speaking voters? Though she’s basically nothing more than comic relief throughout the entire video.
I always wonder if these kinds of candidates really believe they can win. Again, while there doesn’t seem to be much of a “fringe area” for candidates within the tea party ranks of the Republican party, there still has to be some kind of line drawn in the sand as far as how ridiculous a candidate can be, right?
Well, maybe not.
But hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out the video for yourself:
Now you can tell me that it was just all for fun and tongue-in-cheek, but when we’re dealing with somebody who’s crazy enough to throw a fit and remove his kid from public school just because a bill passed protecting the rights of transgender students, I have to believe he’s being completely serious with everything he lays out in this video. And that, my California friends, takes this from being rather humorous to pretty damn scary as fast as you can say “big ones.”
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