This is the kind of story a cartoonist just can’t resist. There isn’t much more to say about the topic than that.
Therefore, I’ll digress. Florida’s Twenty-Second Congressional District, which I now call home since redistricting included me in it by about 200 yards, has begun sprouting a lot of blue-and-white signs lately in yards and intersections. The intersection signs are quite large, maybe five by eight feet, and they say “Adam Hasner for United States House,” which is an unusual way of phrasing the message. House of what?
Now, Hasner is the Republican running in the race against Democrat Lois Frankel, a former state legislator and mayor of West Palm Beach. I was on the panel of political eminences grises that interviewed Ms. Frankel for the editorial board endorsement during the primary. I like Lois’ brash, in-your-face, borderline offensive style, and can see her someday filling the capacious orthopedic shoes of the late, great Bella Abzug, congresswoman from New York—that is, if she wins the race.
Back to Hasner. I’ve noticed that nowhere on his signs can one find the word, “Republican,” and I’ve examined them closely while waiting at stoplights. I find this particularly interesting, since the 22nd is supposed to be a pretty evenly divided district. The signs are also blue, which is the accepted color of Democrats.
There’s no way that the omission of Hasner’s party affiliation was left off by accident, so I can only conclude that he wants to disassociate himself (desperately) from his predecessor, Allen West, who has wisely packed his carpetbag and headed north to another district after wreaking such havoc down here.
Or else Hasner’s simply trying to sandbag us into thinking he’s a Democrat. Either way, it doesn’t say much for the Republican brand.
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