Big Oil is still kicking the Gulf of Mexico’s ass but it was another primary election day across ‘Murka, yesterday, and that bright shiny object has everyone’s attention. Whomp, there it is…
So, what the hell?
In a clear sign voters prefer candidates who don’t campaign, raise no money, don’t even put up a campaign site on the InnerTubes, for God’s sake, unknown political novice Alvin Green garnered 100,000 votes to win the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina.
This simply proves, as all pundits will point out today, that 2010 is THE year of the low key, if not downright invisible, campaign that wastes no money and does not bother anyone.
And, please, no Al Green jokes. The Democratic nominee for Senate in South Carolina doesn’t even live in Memphis!
It was the Republican “Let’s Spend the Night Together” race for the goobernatorial nomination in South Carolina that received all the pre-election press and spotlight where front-runner Nikki Haley, an attractive woman of Indian descent, was accused of sleeping with nearly every political consultant in the state.
She didn’t win. She faces a run-off with a dude who did not claim to sleep with her and only managed to get 21 percent of the vote. Maybe just one more alleged paramour mighta done the trick.
Lord help us if a woman of Brazilian descent ever seeks elected office in South Carolina.
Up in Arkansas, voters disappointed headline writers across the nation who were poised to print, “Halter Tops,” when state AG Bill Halter easily bested incumbent Blanche Lincoln in the senate run-off. He didn’t. Much to everyone’s surprise and disappointment, Lincoln won and headline writers were forced to remove Halter Tops to stay abreast of election results.
Out in California, rich right-wing business women won in both the senate and gubernatorial GOP primaries. Pundits across the nation will loudly today proclaim 2010 to be the year of rich, right-wing Republican women. And this is good because rich, right-wing Republican women have never gotten a fair shake from anyone, let alone voters and the press.
Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman will now face Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown, respectively, in a beach volleyball game to become California’s next senator and governor, respectively.
And in Nevada, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the GOP opponents he wants in November. Sharron “two Rs” Angle won the GOP nod and will continue her chicken-in-every-pot-to-pay-the-doctor health care reform campaign.
Finally, voters in Florida suggest in a Quinnipiac University poll they now oppose offshore oil drilling by a 51 to 42 percent majority. That’s a 48-point swing from an April poll which suggested Floridians favored offshore oil drilling by a 66 to 27 percent majority.
Pundits across ‘Murka will point out Floridians are sharp like that.