Jack Davis is, of course, the former Democrat trying to run in NY-26, which is up for a special election this spring (the Republican/Conservative Party candidate, equally of course, is Jane Corwin). Davis, having been completely unable to get any traction in getting elected thus far, has decided to go one step further than such Democratic party luminaries such as Michael McGuinness and Alan Grayson; instead of putting up a phony Tea Party candidate, Davis is running as a phony Tea Party candidate himself. Fortunately, Davis is apparently not particularly bright, because his campaign manager (one Curtis Ellis) is on the record as writing things like this:
The [Tea Partiers] are essentially replaying the '60s protest paradigm. (We're aging boomers ourselves, so we know it when we see it.) They fancy themselves the vanguard of a revolution, when in fact they are typical self-absorbed, privileged children used to having their way -- now -- and uninhibited about complaining loudly when they don't. It's the same demographic Spiro Agnew called "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals."
Ellis - who is a progressive and former Talking Points Memo diarist - is now claiming that he's matured since then - ha! Just kidding; he's precisely the same, but it's the Tea Party that's apparently grown up, so now he can deign to use them for the glorious vision of getting a long-time rich guy with a taste for a Congressional seat firmly ensconced in Washington, all for the greater glory of... well, I guess Curtis Ellis. Jack Davis himself is kind of... well, crazy. As in, "Let's bus African-Americans out to the farms to pick crops!" crazy, which is a major reason why Jane Corwin is the official Republican/Conservative, and frankly best, nominee.
And I have to say: in addition to being crazy, Jack Davis is kind of arrogant in his assumption that Tea Partiers are idiotic enough not to notice any of this. In that he is well matched by his campaign manager, I guess.
Moe Lane (crosspost)