Paul Debate Stomping Caps an Odd Campaign Year


His opponent Linda McMahon, helped found World Wrestling Entertainment, and has been forced to defend her record as the head of that organization, explaining why she fought anti-steroids legislation and put her daughter in the ring while a crowd shouted "slut."

Jan Brewer's 'Brain Freeze'

Gov. Jan Brewer was burned less by what she said than by what she didn't say at an Arizona gubernatorial debate that quickly caught fire on the Internet.

In a televised September debate, the Republican incumbent who signed into law the country's toughest immigration measure, had a self-described "brain freeze," staring silently into the camera for nearly 10 seconds in the middle of her opening statement.

Following the debate, reporters reiterated a question Brewer dodged during the debate about baseless allegations she made regarding illegal immigrants carrying out beheadings in the Arizona desert. Rather than answer, she again froze, and walked away.

"Your God... Aqua Buddha"

A close watched debate in Kentucky between Tea Party backed Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway became heated when it focused not on a policy issue, but a prank Paul pulled in college.

At the debate Conway struck the same chord as a commercial he has been running, hammering Paul for prank kidnapping and accusing him idol worship. "When is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, which you call Aqua Buddha," Conway asked.

Rather than just slough off the criticism, Paul got angry and refused to shake hands with Conway following the debate.

That 'Hicky Blue Collar Look'

An ad, depicting three regular Joes, intended to attack Gov. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., blew up in the face of its Republican backers once reporters got a hold of the casting call for the actors in the commercial.

Once it was made public that the National Republican Senatorial Committee advertised for actors with a "'Hicky' Blue Collar look," Manchin pounced on Republican opponent John Raese saying: "Our whole frame on Raese is that he doesn't understand working people."

Raese, for his part, also denounced the ad, saying he had nothing to do with it and warned the NRSC to pull the commercial before it ran.

Scott McAdams... Who?

You know your chances of victory are slim when the spokesman for your party doesn't even know your name.

The two headliners out of the Alaska Senate primary were incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowsi and the Tea Party Candidate who defeated her, Joe Miller. Both candidates being Republicans, in a traditionally Republican-leaning state, there was little mention of the Democrat challenger.

So little mention in fact, that when DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse appeared on ABC News' "Top Line," he couldn't even name his own party's candidate.

"Well, our candidate in Alaska ... his name is not Lisa Murkowski," was the best Woodhouse could muster -- much to the enjoyment of conservative bloggers.

Oh yeah, his name is Scott McAdams.

Nevada's Ad Wars

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that one of the most contested races in the country has turned out some of the most contentious advertising.

Republican Sharron Angle accused Democrat Sen. Harry Reid of using tax payer dollars to buy Viagra for convicted sex offenders.

"Here's the kicker: Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters and sex offenders," intones the ad's voiceover.

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