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Clint Didier was good enough at football to earn these pretty rings. Politicking? We'll see.
Just when you thought Sen. Patty Murray's re-election campaign would

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Ex-Jock Senatorial Candidate Clint Didier Thinks Being a Czar Makes You a Communist

clint didier rings.jpg
Clint Didier was good enough at football to earn these pretty rings. Politicking? We'll see.
Just when you thought Sen. Patty Murray's re-election campaign would be boring, along comes ex-Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier to crazy things up a bit.

Didier seems like a nice enough man. He's 50, self-made and has what looks like a lovely family. There's a chance that he may even turn out to be a fine candidate. But based on his first interview with Joel Connelly at the P-I, at the moment it appears that Didier went to one Tea Party, eagerly wrote down everything he heard and then declared it a viable platform.

Let's go to the videoaudiotape. First up, global warming:

Didier came out at as a global warming skeptic, citing hacked e-mails from gossipy scientists at a British university, and saying science has been "altered" so as "to make it look like it is truly happening."

"They say the glaciers are shrinking but with information I'm receiving, it seems clear that the (Arctic) ice is reforming and expanding," he said.

So in what line of work does Didier encounter such sensitive, contrary information? Alfalfa farming. But wait, you say. He also has a second job. And you're right. He does. Didier also owns a company that moves dirt.

Next, evil communism and the role it plays in the current presidential administration.

When did he first think about running?

"It was after the election of Barack Obama," he replied. "I have seen the appointment of 'czars' and their communist ties..."

If you're gonna be a nutball, at least be a nutball with original ideas. Like, for example, that the U.S. Border Patrol is secretly funding Mexican drug cartels in an effort to increase its budget. Or that Joe Biden is a Japanese human-bot made by Sanyo. Whatever, just make it fun.

Saying someone is communist because they're called a czar, however, is the laziest fucking form of crazy you can subscribe to. The meme is worthless. It's a label. That's it. And the only people who still fall for this shit are the ones too busy farming alfalfa to read this.

Finally, we have government. The evil kind.

He took up a sharply anti-government theme in his formal announcement speech.

"Government is not a provider: Government is a predator," Didier argued.

Fine. Hate government. It's your prerogative. In fact, I'm not even going to take this opportunity to point out that, like so many others, the man who hates government is the one running for a government job. Just don't turn out to be a huge hypocr --
Didier is, however, a beneficiary of one of the 20th Century's government public works projects -- Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project.

The candidate related how his parents moved onto their farm near Connell in 1954, initially living in a tent - "fending off the rattlesnakes and the jackrabbits" - while they tilled the land.

"It was all due to government, Grand Coulee Dam and creation of the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District," he said.

Annnnnnnnnnd circle gets the square!

I've contacted Didier's people to try to set up an interview. (Connelly can't be allowed to hog all this crazy to himself.) I'll let you know how that goes.

 
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