The offending publisher is Politico this time, but the phenomenon isn’t confined to that hive of click-baiting hacks. It’s a small thing, but it irritates me. The same principle applies to headlines that allege that one pol has “hit” another. I don’t want to read that unless there are teeth on the fucking floor.
Speaking of hives of click-baiting hacks, The Rough Beast has a piece up entitled “Can Florida Dems Squash Alan Grayson?” — which probably would have made a much better subject for illustration than the above, now that I think of it. Be that as it may, the article explores an interesting topic, particularly relevant to Sunshine Staters but touching upon primary vs. general election themes that potentially affect everyone who longs to give the Overton Window a shove.
Alan Grayson, beloved of firebaggers, is competing against blue-doggy fellow US Congressman Patrick Murphy for the US Senate seat Marco Rubio has already vacated in his quixotic pursuit of the GOP presidential nomination (or more realistically, a veep slot with the eventual winner, who will not be Rubio). Conventional wisdom holds that a liberal firebrand can’t win in purple Florida and that Murphy represents the Dems’ best shot to gain the seat.
I say conventional wisdom means nothing in Florida, as demonstrated by the election and then re-election of Governor Rick Scott, who is not only plainly an alien from Planet Reptar but a transparent crook and the worst public speaker / retail politician that ever slithered across the hustings. But Grayson isn’t just a firebrand; he’s occasionally an embarrassment. His recent annulment (after 25 years of marriage and five children) made sleazy headlines, and he apparently socks away millions of dollars in the Caribbean and is putting forth his girlfriend to take over his Congressional seat. Ew.
Murphy was until quite recently a Republican and has a voting record that liberals such as myself find…troubling. But I think he’d have a better chance of defeating whichever hairball the FL GOP horks up in the general. I could see myself holding my nose and voting for Murphy every six years, just as I’ve done for fake astronaut Bill Nelson. But I wish for the ten thousandth time we had better choices.
Anyhoo, no real point to all of this except a plea for less hyperbolic headlines and an invitation to discuss whatever — open thread!
PS: The US Fish & Wildlife Service is asking the lion-killing prick who formerly ran a dental practice in Minnesota to contact the agency “immediately.” Hmmm. My father, who hunts deer, wild boar and gators, always calls Fish & Wildlife officials “bunny sheriffs” behind their backs. I’m not sure why, but it always made me laugh. I bet Palmer isn’t laughing.