Monday, July 5, 2010

Formerly a Hog, currently cluless (historically speaking)

It was one of those days weeks ago when I was putzing around on the Internet, re-living a bit of the glory days of the Washington Redskins,* when I happened upon what was news to me: One of the original Hogs, former Tight End Clint Didier (#86), was one of 15 candidates gunning for Patty Murray's senate seat in Washington State.

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 . . .


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