You've probably seen this Washington Post story: David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report interviewed a Louisiana Republican named Lenar Whitney, who has a shot at winning a House seat this year, despite the fact (or, given that she's from Red America, perhaps because of the fact) that she's made a loopy video declaring that global warming is a hoax ... and the interview upset her so much that she ran out, unwilling to answer what would seem (given her position on the political spectrum) to be perfectly reasonable questions:
... As a House analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, I’ve personally interviewed over 300 congressional candidates over the course of seven years...I've learned from World Net Daily that after the interview took place, Whitney took to her Facebook page to defend herself.
But never have I met any candidate quite as frightening or fact-averse as Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney, 55, who visited my office last Wednesday.
... She clearly relishes poking Democrats in the eye, cites Minnesota's Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) as a political role model, and takes kindly to the nickname "Palin of the South."
... she has sought to boost her profile and appeal to conservative donors with a slickly made YouTube video entitled "GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX" (84,000 views so far). In the video, Whitney gleefully and confidently asserts that the theory of global warming is the "greatest deception in the history of mankind" and that "any 10-year-old" can disprove it with a simple household thermometer.
... when I pressed Whitney repeatedly for the source of her claim that the earth is getting colder, she froze and was unable to cite a single scientist, journal or news source to back up her beliefs.
To change the subject, I asked whether she believed Obama was born in the United States. When she replied that it was a matter of some controversy, her two campaign consultants quickly whisked her out of the room, accusing me of conducting a "Palin-style interview."
It was the first time in hundreds of Cook Political Report meetings that a candidate has fled the room.
What did she say? Well, this:
What The Cook Political Report printed about me is an outright lie. I left the interview with Dave Wasserman, several questions later, after he asked me if I was a "birther".Gosh, I can't imagine why he'd ask that of someone who believes the entire scientific community is engaged in a massive conspiracy to cover up the lack of climate change.
It was obvious, from the onset of the interview, that Wasserman had planned to jump me simply because I am a Conservative Woman and liberal shills like Dave Wasserman want to destroy us.And what conclusion does Whitney draw from this?
Wait for it....
That's the real #WarOnWomenYes -- Wasserman asked a person with crazy ideas if she has other crazy ideas, at a time when she's putting herself before the public in order to win public office, which obligates her to tell the public what her ideas are, and when the questioning becomes unpleasant, Whitney concludes that it does so because Wasserman hates women.
Right. Got it.
And it's not just Whitney saying this. The Daily Caller -- you know, the site edited by Tucker Carlson, the deeply committed feminist who once called Hillary Clinton "castrating, overbearing, and scary" -- is running with that explanation as well:
Conservative Female Candidate Fires Back After Analyst Calls Her 'Frightening'I'm sure there's already universal agreement throughout Wingnuttia that misogyny was Wasserman's prime motive.
The campaign of a conservative woman running for Congress in Louisiana is firing back after an analyst of the non-partisan Cook Political Report called her "frightening."
"It's just liberal elites hating conservative women," charged Chris Comeaux, the communications director for Louisiana state Rep. Lenar Whitney.....
Now, I enjoy the nutty global warming video quite a bit:
But I also enjoy this video, in which Whitney argues that sealing the U.S.-Mexico border ought to be ridiculously easy:
My favorite line? Go to 0:36. It's priceless:
If we can secure the border between South Korea and North Korea, why can't we do the same between Mexico and Texas?Yes, she actually said that. She actually compared securing what is probably the most heavily militarized border on earth, on one side of which is the most repressive dictatorship on earth, with securing a border ten times as long, which accommodates large numbers of tourists and others with legitimate business, and large amounts of commerce, on a daily basis.
Oh, she's gonna be a hell of a congresswoman if she wins.