In an unusual move for his campaign, Mickey Kaus has done something. In this case, issuing a press release venting some resentment over the fact that the Democratic Party’s leader is supporting the Democrat in the state’s Democratic primary. You will be surprised to learn, however, that Kaus believes that unions (rather than say, its horribly designed institutions) are solely responsible for California’s fiscal crisis. Thank God Mickey is using his primary campaign to get these fresh ideas out there! By the way, I seem to remember Kaus strongly endorsing a certain Republican serial sexual harasser on the basis that he would provide the bold leadership that would solve the state’s fiscal crisis. How’s that working out?
Kaus’ newest campaign issue is himself: He’s not getting to speak at the California Democratic Party Convention. Kaus suspects that the “machine” fears his oral abilities. Sane people suspect that Kaus doesn’t have any platform or policies to run on. Perhaps the Golden State’s electorate is looking for a bold leader who will link to an anti-union article every odd-numbered day. A solon who will beg for campaign contributions before offering solutions. A statesman who will do nothing for weeks except issue a press release about about how mean his party is.
Senator Boxer can manage to spell out what she stands for on a whole range of issues, including labor issues, even though she faces no competition in the primary. Sure she has financial support beyond the rolls of adult video store tokens Kaus’s wingnut pals are sending in, but Kaus pretends to be a professional journalist/blogger. Surely he could manage to pinch out a single page of policy positions and “common sense” ideas — if he had any. (Maybe Ruth Shalit could plagiarize such a page for him from a Tea Party website.) Right now, Kaus’ sole articulated message is that Democrats suck. Sure, it’s the only thing he believes, but it’s not much of platform.
The Kaus Kampaign rolls on with yet another three-day hiatus.
Mickey Kaus has taken some campaign advice from Fred Thompson. And rejected it on the ground that it involved too much effort. Cuts into his naptime, perhaps.
Worst. Vanty campaign. Ever.
[Picture courtesy FMK.]