Controversial former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is talking up a Tea Party challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).It's hard to tell whether Walsh actually thinks he can win or just sees this as away to promote his talk radio career:
“I am very seriously considering challenging him in a primary,” Walsh told The Hill on Thursday. “Mark Kirk has got to be challenged.”
The one-term lawmaker isn’t backing off his inflammatory comments that made him a conservative star, though....Walsh, at least on Twitter, is usually in smart-ass mode, but sometimes he just strips it down to pure hate:
Walsh has since built a local following in the Chicago area with his conservative talk show -- and if anything has upped the controversy level with a string of racially charged comments in the past few years.
In a 2013 column about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Walsh wrote that he hopes "one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.”
He didn't stop there.
“Found out if I said Redskins or Cracker or Redneck Bible Thumper, I could stay on. But if I said N----- or Spick, they cut me off,” he tweeted last May after being briefly suspended from his radio show because he kept trying to use racially charged terms on air to prove a point about the Washington Redskins team name....
Cut thru all the politically correct crap & this is it: Islam is at war w the modern world. If they can't get along w others we'll kill em.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 14, 2015
Denmark shooting was an assassination attempt on a Danish cartoonist who drew cartoons of Muhammad. It's war - the modern world vs Islam.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 14, 2015
40 killed in violence at soccer match in Egypt. Religion of peace can't even watch sports in peace? I'm just saying. http://t.co/3sjFb2We0h— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 9, 2015
This when he's not accusing President Obama of being a terrorist sympathizer and stating without ambiguity that the president is a Muslim:
.@seanhannity you are mistaken. Obama does in fact understand the nature of our enemy. He just doesn't consider them to be the enemy.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 16, 2015
No, Meet The Press liberals, the real reason we don't like or trust Obama is because he always, always, always, always defends Islam.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 8, 2015
Why is Obama much more squeamish 2 criticize Islam than Christianity? It's always more difficult 2 criticize your own http://t.co/LNpcPsL3ov— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 6, 2015
And, of course, you and I are pro-terrorist, too, according to Walsh:
Watching liberals squirm over the success of #AmericanSniper is almost as much fun as watching them squirm trying to defend Islamic terror.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 19, 2015
I realize it's extraordinarily unlikely that Walsh could mount a successful challenge to a Republican who's more ideologically in sync with his state and who's survived a stroke, but hey, maybe the GOP voter base will have become so feral by next year that Walsh will score an upset. The GOP deserves to have this clown running in the general election in 2016. I feel like sending him money.
UPDATE: Oops -- almost neglected to mention the fact that he's been known to root for ISIS-style beheadings:
Let's hope that when the Islamists next strike they first behead the appeasing cowards at CNN, MSNBC, etal who refused to show the cartoons.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 14, 2015