A Repug Political Pigskin Preview

February 4, 2010

This item at the AEI blog, timed for the Super Bowl, tells us of three former NFLers who are seeking political office next year: former Pittsburgh Steeler Jay Riemersma, former Washington Redskin Clint Didier, and former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan.

Riemersma is running for the U.S. House seat to be vacated by Repug Rep Pete Hoekstra, who will run for governor of Michigan. And as noted here, Riemersma is no slouch when it comes to fundraising, having hired a company to help him in his efforts (and he cited a rotator cuff injury here as “divine intervention” that led him from a position change as a quarterback to a tight end; yep, that should go over big with those “values voters” all right).

Didier has got Riemersma beat when it comes to wingnuttery, though. As noted here…

EVERETT – Ex-NFL tight end Clint Didier announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Monday with an inspirational quote from Glenn Beck, a blast at environmentalists and warnings about Obama Administration “czars.”

In an interview, Didier came out at a global warming skeptic, citing hacked e-mails from gossipy scientists at a British university, and saying science has been “altered” so as “to make it look like it is truly happening.”

“They say the glaciers are shrinking but with information I’m receiving, it seems clear that the (Arctic) ice is reforming and expanding,” he said.

“Reforming and expanding,” huh? Sounds like somebody has been out in the woods a bit too long.

A Washington native and Portland State University graduate, Didier played with three Washington Redskins’ Super Bowl teams, and made a name for himself as a team player. He relates a dream on the night before the 1987 Super Bowl.

“I dreamed that we would win the game, that I would score a touchdown and that we would come from behind,” Didier said.

The dream literally came true the next day. The ‘Skins spotted Denver a 10-0 lead, and roared back to win 42-10.

So one of these guys has a vision of divine intervention, and the other can supposedly read the future in his dreams. Uh huh.

And Didier is aiming higher than Riemersma, since he’s trying to take over the seat of Dem Patty Murray in the U.S. Senate. Wonder what his dream will tell him the night before the election?

Update 5/18/10: More “do as I say, not as I do” BS from Didier here (h/t Think Progress)…

So that leaves us with Jon Runyan, and as we learn here…

Congressional candidate John (sic) Runyan, the NFL lineman, is another person taking advantage of a law meant to protect farmers from high taxes. On his 20-acre spread he pays $57,000 on the five acres around his house. On the other 15, he pays $468 because he gets a farmland break. Specifically, he uses five acres for donkeys and 15 for timber. Did the controversy surrounding former state Sen. Ellen “Christmas Tree” Karcher send politicians a message? That law needs to be changed so that it applies only to people who are farmers for a living. Enough time has passed since the last blowup to get that done. Why isn’t it been changed? Too many connected folks taking advantage of it, maybe?

Maybe Runyan can ask Riemersma for a bit of heavenly guidance on this matter also. And I would suggest that Runyan ask Didier to dream up an election win, but sadly, Runyan is running against DINO John Adler, so no mystical invention may be necessary to flip the NJ-03 seat to the “R” column.

Still More Comedy From “The Most Trusted Name In News”

February 4, 2010
  • 1) And this from the party that did every human thing it could possibly do to avoid seating eventual Dem Minnesota Senator Al Franken, ladies and gentlemen.

    Didn’t take Scotty long to “learn the ropes,” did it?

  • Update 2/4/10: Yep, Scotty is a pro at the hypocrisy game all right, in particular on health care as noted here.

    Update 2/5/10: Why do I have a feeling that it’s going to be a really long three years with this guy (here)?

  • 2) And also I got a laugh out of this item (from here)…

    (CNN) – President Obama declared on Wednesday that Democrats can be trusted on the budget because, “the last time the budget was balanced was under a Democratic president.”

    – Republicans say they should get at least some of the credit for the balanced budgets during the Clinton administration, because Republican majorities controlled both the House and Senate.

    In response, I give you the following here (dated February 1998)…

    WASHINGTON — In a White House ceremony heavy with political symbolism, President Clinton ushered in a new era yesterday in the way the federal government handles the taxpayers’ money.

    Unveiling a $1.73 trillion spending blueprint, Clinton sent, as he had promised, the first balanced budget to Capitol Hill in 30 years. The president proposed spending more on a host of issues, including child care, environmental cleanup, AIDS and cancer research and education, paid for largely by a sizable increase in tobacco taxes.

    Republicans questioned whether the federal government would ever reap such a revenue windfall, and some accused the president of backsliding on his previous declaration that the “era of big government is over.”

    I swear, some things never change.

  • 3) And finally (from here)…

    An abstinence-only education program is more effective than other initiatives at keeping sixth- and seventh-graders from having sex within a two-year period, according to a study described by some as a landmark.

    The study, published in the current issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicated that about one-third of the preteens and their young teen classmates who received an eight-hour abstinence lesson had sexual intercourse within two years of the class.

    “It is unreasonable to expect any single intervention, curriculum or program to solve the teen pregnancy problem,” (The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) said. “True and lasting progress requires not only good programs in schools and communities, but also supportive norms and values, informed and active parents, good health services, a positive media culture and more.”

    So yeah, it turns out that abstinence-only ed may be beneficial after all.

    For two years.

    And after that, you’re on your own.

    And remember, you heard about all of these stories from CNN.

    We’ll have to “leave it there.”

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