Today Rep. Jeff Flake from Arizona voted against a bill “honoring the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius and recognizing his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought.”
Seriously, why can’t someone like him run for president? Why do we have to be stuck with the Hucks of the world leading the way?
Posted by Karol at 04:55 PM
Now that’s funny. Usually it is cringe inducing when politicians attempt humor without a script. Flake is a good one.
Geez, I’m gone a few months and either Karol’s politics have changed dramatically or she has not done her homework here.
So why no Flake White House bid? Well, I’m sure Romney partisans would not want to see a fellow Mormon in the race. Neocons and the Fox News crowd will probably flip when they see how much Flake has backed off on the war in Iraq (including funding it-I can already hear the “he doesn’t support the troops” attacks on Flake from the Weekly Standard). Libertarians will wonder why he supported the Patriot Act. Anti-communists will be against Flake’s support for open trade with Cuba. American nationalists will hammer Flake for being one of the leading Republicans on the Hill backing guest programs and open borders. Small government and anti Beltway cons have to wonder about why Flake felt compelled to break his term limits pledge.
Remember when a boyband member came to testify against hilltop mining? The one Senator who did not bother to attend was George Voinovich who I don’t think there is much of a demand among Republican activists for a White House bid. Sure Flake is funny but that does not mean we should be pulling out the Flake 2012 buttons.
I’d rather vote for a huck than a flake.
Was this some sort of backhanded way of giving a high-five to North Korea?
In other words, did Barbara Lee co-sponsor the Confucius resolution?
I think when Karol said, “Seriously, why can’t someone like him run for president?” She was asking why someone with a sense of humor can’t run for president.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that an allusion to a sense of humor took a high bounce off the astroturf and sailed right over the heads of some of her readers.
Sir, are you implying that Von Bek is a humorless bore?
Hmmm apparently “Sure Flake is funny” requires some translation.
Look, we’ve had some pretty funny guys in the White House over the years (Matty Van Buren comes to mind, so does Abe Lincoln). In recent years, I would say Reagan was pretty funny and FDR could be as well. Cal Coolidge had a twisted sense of humor but he had his moments. For those who aspired but did not succeed in climbing Mt. Rushmore-Bob Dole, Cactus Jack Gardner, Mo Udall, Paul Tsongas, Huey Long, and Adlai Stevenson all had their funny moments. And so did Henry Clay.
I’m not sure humor works on the modern campaign trail though since every freaking move the candidates make is watched and jokes are often misunderstood. How many times have politicians been forced to apologize for jokes over the last decade or so? Funny politicians are one more victim of perpetual television.
Someone did run in 2008 and is rumored to be running again in 2012 – Ron Paul.