Building the perfect beast

By AL DIAMON  |  February 8, 2012

That must be one of those statements produced by the Governor Paul LePage Institute of Political Baloney. If Cutler is talking about turnout in presidential races, it's currently at the highest level since at least the 1960s. If he's referring more to grassroots efforts, how about the 100,000-plus folks who signed petitions to put a marriage-equality referendum on the Maine ballot later this year. Even more local? I just checked with my town hall, and it looks as if there'll be contested races for every selectman seat in March.

Just because the public is disgusted with Congress, doesn't mean it's disengaged from the political process. It might even mean the opposite.

Also, Cutler seems to have missed the irony of defending a shadowy institution backed by faceless sources of moolah, while continuing to insist it was wrong for the authors of the Cutler Files to remain nameless. That attack website surfaced during his first gubernatorial bid and labeled him "a phony and a fraud," backing those claims up with detailed information that Cutler has never refuted. A complaint Cutler's campaign filed with the state ethics commission eventually resulted in admissions by political consultant Dennis Bailey and Tom Rhoads, husband of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli, that they created the site. Bailey is still appealing a fine he received for failing to disclose his affiliation.

Which brings us back to America Elects and its ticket of Who For President and Who Else for Vice President Who's Not Too Much Like The First Who But Still Displays Outward Signs Of Compatibility That Are Convincing Enough To Fool The Average Voter.

How about Cutler and Bailey?

Tom Brady and Eli Manning? Madonna and Lady Gaga? Liam Neeson and a wolf? Send your nominations to me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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