|Cong. Peter DeFazio (D-bag, OR-4)|
See, most years he runs practically unopposed. Some no-name inbred hilldweller usually appears on the ballot as an erstwhile "opponent" but the outcome is pretty much pre-ordained. This year things are different. He has a real challenger with real funding. I haven't seen any polls, but an informal poll of HOW FRACKIN' MUCH ADVERTISING ol' Petey is putting out there tells me that he's at least worried about it being close. Seriously, EVERY commercial break on the righty talk station is a Pete spot. I'm not much of a TV watcher, but trying to meet some friends and watch a Beaver game=Pete ad during every commercial break.
Pete has a multi-faceted reputation. He tries to come off as a genuine but non-psycho liberal - the kind of guy who would sit down and have a burger with a conservative and be pleasant the whole time. That had worked pretty well for many years. I guess there's no need to be a d*ck when one's looking at winning by 35% or so. But now that he's challenged, wow, the negative attacks are off the charts. No more Mr. Nice
Another aspect of Petey is his Joe Everybody image as the guy who lives next door and does things like go shooting and build decks in the backyard. He proves it in his TV ads by always showing him tooling around in his ugly old mid-'60s Mopar (I can't tell if it is a Dart or a Valiant). Fine. I guess it's better than gold teeth and an Escalade. But it doesn't jibe with his Captain Greeno the Ecowarrior schtick. C'mon. Everybody that has owned or just been around an old Mopar like his knows that it has a slant-6 and a 1bbl Carter carb. Old Mopar slant-6 engines are the solution to the oil shortage - they drip out 3 times as much oil on the ground than you actually put in them. Just put a bucket under an old Mopar and OPEC would be out of business. And that 1bbl carb - it's about as big around as the cardboard core at the middle of your TP roll. Doesn't seem like there's any way it could flow enough fuel to run rich. But they do. The unburnt fumes comin' out the tailpipe of an old Mopar will make your nose run and your eyes bleed. It's a fact. And it ain't very "green."
So how does Petey respond to this challenge? Well, the negativity has already been mention. But now he's talking about impeaching Chief Justice Roberts (see link above) because of the Citizens United case. Petey is challenged, and he wants to blame it on that spooky, scary outsider money pouring into his opponent's campaign, and all that spooky, scary outsider money was enabled by the Supreme Court's decision.
My advice, Pete? Take a look in the mirror instead of blaming the Supreme Court. We're getting tired of you.
PS - Pete tried to claim that the Roberts court overturns precedents for politcal reasons, which Volokh disputes. Heh. I thought that was kind of the point of a living, breathing Constitution. Right, Pete?