Sheldon Whitehouse Just Wants Some Attention

by Mike on December 21, 2009

in Election 2012,Politics

Fewer things in politics are as pitiful as an obscure back bench politician desperately seeking attention.  Take my Senator, backbench Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for example.  A few weeks ago, he desperately tried to get his name in the headlines by using the term for one of San Francisco’s favorite indoor sports to describe Tea Party goers.  That tirade didn’t exactly get Shelly the attention he craved because the Senator wasn’t smart enough to realize that when he dropped Bill Clinton’s name the way he did, the story would inevitably be about the former President of the United States and not the back-bench Senator from the smallest state in the Union.  Undeterred, Whitehouse again looked for headlines last night on the Senate floor when he claimed that people opposed to Obamacare are “birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups.“  Much better.  Now Whitehouse can have his Alan Grayson moment.

Conventional wisdom says that its best to ignore a child misbehaving to win attention, but I’m not sure that’s the best approach in Shelly’s case.  Rhode Island may be the bluest state in the Union., but that’s why Whitehouse is misreading the state.  Politically aware Rhode Islanders have long known that the plurality of Rhode Islanders are apathetic conservatives who think they’re moderate, but because of JFK, vote for Democrats.  So long as a prominent Rhode Island Democrat act somewhat civilized while supporting liberal proposals, Rhode Island voters will pull the lever for the Democrat, no questions asked, and the Democrat serves for life.  Rhode Island Democrats with personality problems (i.e. Bruce Sundlun, Myrth York) have a much tougher time.  By making an ass of himself, Shelly is only inviting a competitive challenge in a state where there should be none.

At the very least, this kind of attention can be embarrassing to more talented and respected Democrats.  Red State is already asking its readers to put Whitehouse’s colleagues on the spot.  Whitehouse-inspired awkwardness on the Democrat side of the aisle can only benefit the GOP.  Let’s give Shelly the attention he wants.

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Sal December 21, 2009 at 2:59 pm

So long as a prominent Rhode Island Democrat act somewhat civilized while supporting liberal proposals, Rhode Island voters will pull the lever for the Democrat, no questions asked, and the Democrat serves for life.

Exception: If the last name of the Rhode Island Democrat happens to be “Kennedy”. Then, no matter what said politician does, Rhode Island voters will pull the lever for that Democrat, no questions asked, no matter what that Democrat does (e.g. Patrick Kennedy). On everything else you say, however, I am in complete agreement.

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Mike December 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

@Sal

Good point. But I think many RIers still actually believe they are in fact voting for JFK

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George December 21, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Remember a while back when George W. Bush and Mike Huckabee were calling their supporters who didn’t favor amnesty Nazis? Here’s Huckabee’s version:
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When Republican state senators in Arkansas proposed legislation modeled after Arizona’s Proposition 200 [to require proof of citizenship for voting and public benefits], “Huckabee described it as ‘inflammatory … race-baiting … demagoguery.’ He said the bill, which seeks to forbid public assistance and voting rights to illegal immigrants, ‘inflames those who are racist and bigots and makes them think there’s a real problem. But there’s not.’” (Governor says anti-illegals measure could scare off companies like Toyota,” Associated Press, 2/3/05)

“One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We’re still paying the price for the pathetic manner in which This country handled that.”

“I think frankly the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before.”

“Pretty soon, Southern white guys like me may be in the minority,” Huckabee said jokingly as the[Hispanic] crowd roared in laughter.

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Establishment Conservatism and the Republican Party have been collaborating with the white-hating racism of the militant Left for decades, and they are now facing the standard fate of most collaborators – being liquidated last.

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