In response to the interview showcased at the link above, when asked why he was running for a position on the Senate, Didier replied:
- When I see our kids and grand-kids' freedom being jeopardized by an over-intrusive government. They want to keep taking away our rights and individual liberties. We've gotten away from the basics...the Constitution.
"Hmmm," I thought . . .
"he couldn't be referring to Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, et al., during the Bush II administration, because he's running in 2010 and against a Democrat. So, it sounds to me like he's aligned with the Teabaggers."
Sure enough. He even has Sarah Palin's endorsement.
That's a shame. It gets even more shameful, however . . .
As Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times reports in his article "Candidate who bashes U.S. aid got thousands in subsidies for farm" of May 17, 2010:
- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier likes to bash bloated government as he courts support of the conservative tea-party movement for his primary-election campaign.
- A former NFL player turned farmer, Didier has repeatedly called the federal government "a predator." He vows to oppose the "Marxist utopia" he says Democrats want to create — "where everyone is taken care of from womb to tomb."
- But Didier himself has cashed in on one big government aid program. He has received nearly $273,000 in federal farm subsidies since 1995, according to a database of U.S. Department of Agriculture subsidies maintained by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
What a tool, and a hypocrite, and an example of yet another person from the Teabagger side of the political spectrum who has the audacity to rail against a system that benefits her or him and ignore any facts that would contradict her or his ideology (here, here, here, etc.).
* What can I say? Some people read People magazine, some watch Oprah . . . I sometimes bask in the dimming light of my team's long-ago triumphs . . .