It's pretty much plain to anyon at this point that Maine Gov. Paul LePage is, well, not very mature in dealing with others, especially those who don't see they way he does. (And given that he blundered into the governor's office with less than 40% of the vote, that's a large majority of his own constituents.) Indeed, he seems to have all the maturity of a spoiled 8-year old, as evident by his now infamous "Vaseline" remarks of a few days ago. So it should come as no surprise that Maine's version of Eric Cartman is contemplating doing one of Cartman's favorite tactics: "Screw you guys, I'm going home." Or maybe not "home," exactly, but perhaps with a new political destination in mind.
The Republican governor, in impromptu comments to reporters outside his office, also said he is considering abandoning his re-election bid in 2014 and running instead for Congress.Say what?!
The governor's remark about a congressional run echoes a rumor that circulated at the State House this week. His interest has been sparked by last week's announcement by Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud that he's considering running for governor in 2014.Now, you might think that this is LePage running scared from a formidable Democratic opponent who would likely beat him. But no, LePage say he has other reasons:
LePage said he may run for Michaud's seat in the 2nd Congressional District.
"I'm considering running for Mike Michaud's seat, if you want to know the truth, because it can't be any worse in Washington than it is here," LePage said Friday. "Everything's on the table. Retirement, Social Security, running for Congress, maybe going back to Marden's to stock shelves. Who knows? I don't take myself as seriously as all you do."Plus, in D.C., he'll be just one of many loudmouted offensive idiots in the House GOP caucus. He'll be among his own!
Of course, this being LePage we're talking about, there's question about how serious he is:
Republican sources confirmed earlier this week that they had heard LePage was considering a congressional run, but questioned how serious he was.But that was before he broke out the Vaseline, so maybe things have changed.
In March, LePage jokingly mentioned to reporters that he may run for Congress, and that going to Washington would "be the death of me."
For all of Maine's sake, let's hope LePage takes the sockboy job at Marden's. (I'd steer clear of him when he's stocking cans, however.) Because as entertainingly ridiculous as he is, he's humiliated the state long enough.