But now that I’ve been home for a few days and read through my Google Alerts, I have this sinking feeling that the candidates for U.S. Senate are about to jump the shark. And it’s only February.
In the course of a week, the supposedly media-savvy candidate distributed a garish e-mail using a 16-year-old quote from the movie Forest Gump, which, in turn provoked a response themed around Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
The Hispanic candidate thinks the census shouldn’t count Hispanics. The African-American candidate, behind in the polls and dangerously off-track in his drive to qualify by petition, is sponsoring a NASCAR racer.
It’s only February! How absurd can this race get?
One day, it’s a Moneybomb, the next day its a flurry of “In Case You Missed It” e-mails sent to bloggers and writers who haven’t missed a press release, photo, quote, or tweet since this whole campaign started.
Wait, is there a new poll from Rasmussen?
Hopefully, the producers of 60 Minutes do a better job splicing together their footage than the campaigns have. Probably not as good as the producers of the documentary supposedly outing Crist as a homosexual, but better than the Republican candidates who have have pumped out shoddy web videos faster than first-year film students.
And, of course, what would a campaign be without a reference to Adolf Hitler?
That’s why I’ve told anyone who would listen to do what I just did. Go on vacation. Take a cruise of the Bahamas. Forget about Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek. Don’t worry about Erik Eikenberg or Abe Dyk or straw polls or Lincoln Day Dinners for a week. Stop thinking in 140 characters. Don’t read The Buzz for a week.
Remember, there are still 192 days until the primary!