(Jack Ohman via Gocomics.com)
In a spasm of hometown boosterism, NYMag has added Peter King (R-Terrorists, but only the really paleskinned ones) to its “This week in Fake Presidential Candidates” rundown:
Welcome to the list, Congressman King! You have promised not to campaign anywhere and yet, annoyingly, you also refuse to admit that you aren’t running for president. “Let’s face it, the odds are very much against it,” you said today. “But if something’s out there, I won’t stand in the way.”
And Dave Weigel of Slate has a fun little interview with the Tea Party candidate in next week’s upstate NY special election, Jack Davis, “The Human Torch“:
… The campaign to win the 26th has sucked in millions of dollars from outside groups, almost $3 million of Republican candidate Jane Corwin’s personal fortune, and resources from national Democrats. They want to prove that Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget has so re-toxified the GOP that Republicans can lose even in a conservative district carved out especially for them. And the Democrats’ job might be made easier because Davis is running as the Tea Party candidate and running radio ads claiming to be an “independent conservative.” He’s polling in the low 20s. His red, white, and blue signs are scattered all over the western part of the district.
Is Davis a spoiler? He shrugs.
“You think I care about the parties?” says Davis. “I’ve left both of the parties. They’ve left me. Now, here’s something you don’t hear other people say. The two parties, they’re owned by the corporations. You cannot trust them. You cannot.” …
Ask Davis about any issue, and he’ll bring it back to China. Would he reform entitlements? No. “If we all had good-paying jobs, there wouldn’t have been a recession, we wouldn’t lose our homes, we wouldn’t lose our health care, and we wouldn’t leave this debt for our children.” Would he vote to raise the debt ceiling? “The concession I’d want in order to vote for that is to get us out of the WTO. That’s a big concession, right? Well, we need to do it.”