Archive for June, 2010

“None of the above” is looking good

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Great. Just freakin’ great. If, when the November election rolls around, I want to register disapproval of the current regime in Washington, I’m left to vote for a guy who speculates that the catastrophic Gulf oil spill might have been engineered by the government.

The mid-term elections are, of course, exactly that: a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on the president’s performance — a job review by the people who hired him. But because we can’t vote for the president directly in off-years, the U.S. House of Representatives is his stand-in. A shift in power away from the president’s party in the House is correctly assumed to be a vote of disapproval of his policies.

Here in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District (where I’m on the literal fringe, just eight blocks away from the neighboring district), the representative is Brad Miller, who seems like an affable fellow but one who has, as far as I can recall, never bucked Democratic orthodoxy. In short, he’s a doctrinaire liberal. His opponent is Bill Randall, about whom I know almost nothing except (a) the Tea Party likes him, and (b) he’s prone to say things like this about the oil spill:

Now, I’m not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I don’t think enough investigation has been done on this. Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion. I don’t know how or why, but in that situation, if you have someone from a company proposing to violate the safety process and the government signing off on it, excuse me, maybe they wanted it to leak. But then it got beyond what was anticipated, and we had an explosion and loss of life.

This makes Randall close kin to Birthers (the people who are convinced President Obama was born outside the U.S.) and Truthers (those who believe 9/11 was a government plot). What that means, then, is my choice in November is between a liberal and a loon.

Decisions, decisions.