Sept. 22 Open Thread: Delaware GOP Disavows Scott Walker

Filed in Delaware, National, Open Thread by on September 22, 2018

It should tell you something about this country’s politics that the three most likely destinations for people with mental problems are the nuthouse, the big house and the statehouse. Russell “Scott” Walker is trying for the latter, but he’ll have to do it with no help from the state GOP, which took the unprecedented step of disavowing his candidacy. This answers the question, “How bonkers does someone have to be to get spurned by the GOP?” but also raises the question, “How do we get Walker the mental-health help he so obviously needs?”

Think Progress uses Gov. Carney’s signing ceremony of laws to ban drilling for petrochemicals off Delaware’s coast to attack the “drill, baby, drill” philosophy of Republicans. They tout the bipartisan nature of the opposition and give a shout-out to Ernie Lopez.

Republicans love to attack government subsidies for alternative energy, but they never question the subsidies for petrochemical extraction, foremost of which is the U.S. defense budget, which spends tens of billions per year to protect the oil supply. Defending America’s sunshine and wind would, of course, cost nothing.

What does it take for hard-core conservatives to understand what assholes they are? A stretch in the federal sneezer, apparently. Politico’s weekly magazine this week features a story, alternately infuriating and heartbreaking, about an Tea Party phenom in Iowa who got convicted of selling his endorsement in the 2012 caucuses and lying about it. Just 15 months in the federal joint opened Kent Sorenson’s eyes to the injustices of the penal system, which are even more disgusting that the greedfest surrounding the Iowa presidential caucuses. Both get a thorough drubbing in this outstanding long read.

Finally, from the Everything Trump Touches Turns to Shit file, a 17-unit hoagie shop chain headquartered in Washington announced it’s shuttering all its stores because sales plummeted 40 percent in the year since its co-owner was photographed at Trump’s small business roundtable. Has any American president ever been this unpopular?

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  1. Looks like Walker is courting the black vote, calling LBR ‘Aunt Tom’.

    Because nothing attracts the black vote like housing black folk in knee-deep sewage.

    • Alby says:

      Was he always this crazy, or did he drink himself into this condition?

      This guy put out a literal cry for help, and instead they gave him votes. That won’t help.

      • Lost track of him after high school until about 10 years ago when I was working on our reunion. He’s been like this since then and, yes, he’s almost always had a beer in his hand whenever I’ve seen him.

        He seemed like an amiable under-achiever fuck-up in high school like about half of any given class. Didn’t know him well as we had the largest graduating class in Brandywine High School history.

  2. puck says:

    The guy is a low-rent parody of Trump, if parody of Trump were possible. At some point this story will get national legs.

  3. RE Vanella says:

    The Republican Party’s nominee for US House if Representatives.

    • Alby says:

      What they’re saying is “Don’t blame us,” meaning the folks who run either wing of the party. The actual message is, “We’re so weak as a party the Vandals and Visigoths have breached the walls.”

      • RE Vanella says:

        They disavowed themselves. Officially.

        Wild stuff.

      • The Party is precisely who is to blame. Don’t bother fielding a serious candidate (‘Go Murph Go’ doesn’t count) and you could end up with someone who embodies the pure evil at the center of your Party. Both for Senator and for Representative. After all, Arlett is every bit as evil as Walker, only w/o the obvious signs of ‘crazy’.

  4. RE Vanella says:

    Arlett is another disgusting ghoul. That’s true.

    Pure old-fashion scum.

    Come at me, brah.

  5. Rufus Y. Kneedog says:

    Walker is a candidate that can be safely ignored, but I don’t think that’s a good thing for anyone. When an officeholder has no effective opposition, they can begin to drift toward the money.

    • Agreed. There may not be a safer bet in a contested race anywhere than LBR vs. Walker. Will she keep Carper’s donors at arm’s length, or will she become subservient to them? If she isn’t already?

  6. puck says:

    LBR is a wholly owned subsidiary of Carperdyne and is his protégé. Her fundraising emails and telephone town halls are in the Carper mold and appear to be organized by the same outfit. For that matter, probably the same outfit used by Castle and Carney.

  7. RE Vanella says:

    LBR is Delaware Way adherent. Mr puck is correct.

    Can she be driven left in the next 2-4 years? No clue. But we’re not going to stop trying, are we?