Granted, it’s not quite in the same league as Glenn Beck denouncing someone as an extremist conspiracy nut, but this rates at least an honorable mention in the Ginormous Balls category of the annual political awards that should totally exist:
Allen Weh is running for the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico. You’ll remember Weh from the U.S. attorneys scandal, in which, as chair of the state GOP, he played a key role in pressing the Bush administration, successfully, to fire David Iglesias.
[T]he Wall Street Journal reported (sub req.):
Mr. Weh, who is currently running for governor of New Mexico, on Tuesday portrayed his role in the firing as demonstrating his willingness to take on officials of his own party. ‘I have been equally critical of leaders in both political parties, those who have either betrayed the public trust or failed to do their job,’ he said.
Then the other day, Weh doubled down on that line in an interview with a New Mexico radio station, saying:
Think about this. I was taking on my own party. This is an appointee of the president of the United States. There would have been a lot of people who would have said, ‘Well, I’m not going to say anything about that guy.’
Yes, that’s right: Allen Weh is packaging himself as a mavericky do-the-right-thing-and-party-be-damned outsider… for pushing the Bush administration to fire a US Attorney who chose law over loyalty. How could anyone not want a person of such obvious integrity and courage running their state?
Perhaps we can next look forward to, say, NY-GOV candidate-in-waiting Rudy Giuliani bragging that he "took on" the Bush White House by demanding more and harsher torture, or PA-SEN candidate Pat Toomey bragging that he "took on" the Bush White House by demanding weaker financial regulations.
It’s not surprising to see Republicans distancing themselves from Dubya, but I didn’t expect any of them to say he was too honest and they had to push him to do the wrong thing. Has the GOP gone so far ’round the bend that this is now a winning primary strategy? Wait, did I really just ask that?