Who says there is no comedy in politics? I realize that the future of our nation sometimes hangs in the balance, but in Minnesota things work a little differently.
We elected satirist and author Al Franken to the US Senate. While Al is often funny, he's taken his job seriously and done some great work for us.
We elected former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura Governor. He just made politics in MN a wee bit nutty for one term.
We gave the world Michele Bachmann. She broke down the barriers. Now you can say the most insane sh*t you'd like and not get laughed off the stage. Hundreds of evangelicals and tea baggers have followed suit and gotten into office in MN.
One of them is Kurt Bills. He got himself elected to the State House in 2010. Mister Bills managed to get himself endorsed as the MNGOP's Senate candidate as Ron Paul supporters took over the party and is running for US Senate against Amy Klobuchar.
Mister Bills is providing some of the best this election season. Follow me below the orange squiggle for the deets .. and set down your soda. No, seriously...
Mister Bills started off by release what will undoubtedly be the worst campaign video of the 2012 election. In the video, the hero of the video commits suicide in the first 30 seconds. Then the hero is back from the dead. Is Bills the first pro-zombie Republican?
I recorded a segment for Democratic Visions before Comcast shut down their public access television. I review Kurt Bill's first ad, Staring at the Future, which has to be one of the worst political videos ever created in the history of politcs and stupidity and ever.Mister Bills continued to teach High School while running for US Senate. And he wants to be taken seriously? Hilarious!
When the Minneapolis Star Tribune released polling indicating Klobuchar crushing him by 29%, Mister Bills first held a press conference at which he claimed he was only losing by 15%. Hello? Aren't candidates not supposed to admit they're losing?
Then Mister Bills campaign manager Mike Osskopp attacked the Strib claiming favoritism because her Dad was a columnist for the Strib. Jim Klobuchar retired 15 or more years ago (and several owners ago).
Miste Bills attacked Klobuchar for helping save the auto industry and dealerships in MN. Um ... duh?
The Republican narrative is that Obama can't do anything right. So when the latest unemployment numbers indicate fewer unemployed, Mister Bills joined the chorus of crazies:
Bills also joined a chorus of conservatives who are questioning the legitimacy of the recent job numbers. Bills said it was "suspicious" when asked whether he thought the Bureau of Labor Statistics adjusted the monthly unemployment report to help President Obama's re-election effort.I wonder what's next for Mister Bills? Will he hold a press conference expressing his concern that Mister Hand is out to get him?
"What statisticians do is what statisticians do, but I find it very curious that it dropped when it did and it's a .3 percent drop," Bills told reporters.
The report last week showed a sharp drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent.
Labor Secretary Hilda Solis called the notion that the numbers were cooked "ludicrous."
Keith Hall, a former commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, also dismissed the allegations.
- "People shouldn't think at all there is any bias in the numbers," Hall told McClatchy. "This data is collected and examined by each state. . . . Hundreds of people at BLS help collect this data and compile it. If you wanted to try to mess with these numbers, you are talking a very difficult thing. It almost certainly would . . . be next to impossible."