From the Lenar Whitney official website
Readers, either inflation has run amok in this country, or else the quality of the merchandise we are getting is in the sewer. I mean, you purchase a candidate for Congress of the United States, and you get this:
But never have I met any candidate quite as frightening or fact-averse as Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55, who visited my office last Wednesday. It’s tough to decide which party’s worst nightmare she would be.
That was David Wasserman writing for The Cook Political Report and recalling the day Whitney showed up along with some campaign consultants for an interview. We can assume the interview went swimmingly up to a point. Then Wasserman started to ask some hardball questions.
In her attempt to appeal to conservative donors, Whitney’s campaign has produced a slick position video titled Global Warming is a Hoax.
In the video, Whitney gleefully and confidently asserts that the theory of global warming is the “greatest deception in the history of mankind” and that “any 10-year-old” can disprove it with a simple household thermometer.
Unfortunately, when Wasserman quizzed Whitney on the sources for her facts “[S]he froze and was unable to cite a single scientist, journal or news source to back up her beliefs.”
That’s a big OOPS. Wasserman says he then changed the subject.
I asked whether she believed Obama was born in the United States. When she replied that it was a matter of some controversy, her two campaign consultants quickly whisked her out of the room, accusing me of conducting a “Palin-style interview.”
Wasserman says in his time he has interviewed hundreds of candidates, but this is the first one that ever went running for the door.
He mentions that Whitney has so far raised $123,000, putting her fourth among GOP candidates for Louisiana District 6. So what did generous conservatives get for their money? Glad you asked.
Apparently Whitney wants to brand herself as “the Palin of the South.” That may have been an unfortunate choice, since the like minded former governor of Alaska demonstrated similar difficulty with facts. In a previous post I recalled Palin’s interview with Katie Couric back during the 2008 presidential election:
COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?
PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media, coming f—
COURIC: But like which ones specifically? I’m curious that you—
PALIN: Um, all of ‘em, any of ‘em that, um, have, have been in front of me over all these years. Um, I have a va—
COURIC: Can you name a few?
PALIN: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where, it’s kind of suggested and it seems like, ‘Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C. may be thinking and doing when you live up there in Alaska?’ Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
It may be that Whitney also likes to compare herself to the congresswoman from Minnesota, Michele Bachmann, again an unfortunate choice. In a previous post I cited some comments that appeared in The New Yorker:
Another member of the delegation, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota), decried what she called the “alarmism” surrounding reports of the collapsing Ice Sheet.
“The Ice Sheet melt is only a problem if you live in Antarctica, which, honestly, is a pretty dumb place to live,” she said. “Polar bears live in Antarctica because they have no choice, but we’re not polar bears.”
Call me an alarmist if you will, but when polar bears start to show up in the Antarctic the world is going to be in terrible trouble.
It may be that Wasserman’s birther question is what finally set Whitney off. “[T]hat it was a matter of some controversy?” Well, yeah. Since President Obama was born in the United States, it would be controversial if some people questioned the fact. Facts are like that.
And a conducting a “Palin-style interview?”
Linguists of the world, be of good cheer! A new word, rather a new term, has entered the lexicon. Along with “GI Joe,” “walk in the park,” and “the bottom line,” “Palin-style interview” will now be enshrined in the language of Shakespeare. It will mean asking somebody questions they should be able to answer but, for reasons left to God, they are unable.
In her defense, Whitney has tweeted her own version of the events:
It was obvious from onset of the interview that @Redistrict had planned to jump me bc he is a liberal shill who despises conservative women
What @CookPolitical printed about me is an outright lie. I left interview w/ @Redistrict several ?s later, after he asked if I was a birther
“[A]sked if I was a birther?” Actually, it would appear that Wasserman only asked Whitney if she thought President Obama was born in the United States. That should have been a simple question to answer. There are two possible responses: “No, I do not believe Obama was born in the United States” and “Yes, the President of the United States was born in the United States.”
I’m thinking that what made this question so difficult for Whitney is that either answer would be problematic for her campaign:
- “No, I do not believe Obama was born in the United States.” That make her a birther and a fool. Not a good thing for a congressional candidate.
- “Yes, the President of the United States was born in the United States.” That’s a bad answer, as well. Now she’s going to lose valuable campaign contributions from conservative donors.
If there really were a God in Heaven I would so rewarded. I would pray to God to have Lenar Whitney run for election in my congressional district (Texas 20). Then I could vote for her and hope that she would serve at least two years in the hallowed seat of our national government. And I would have two more years of joy writing about the $123,000 candidate.
And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.