The Democratic Party in the 3rd Congressional District
Ken Aden, a candidate for Congress in the 3rd District, isn't the first guy to jump-up a resume. Specifically, he claimed to be a US Army Green Beret, and he wasn't, and he claimed to have attended the University of Chicago, and he didn't. He says he didn't lie, he "misspoke." I'll let you define "misspoke" any way you want.
What makes his behavior sad is that it was unnecessary. He's a veteran who served in a combat zone, volunteered for wet work even if he didn't qualify for the work, and he got an honorable discharge. Since only two percent (2%) of Americans even know anyone who has served in the military, Aden's military accomplishments--just as they are--are unique in post modern, outsourced America, and they can stand sufficiently alone, and without embellishment.
It is simultaneously sad and unnecessary because 3rd Congressional Democratic Party candidates always run in Republican territory, and always lose, even when the GOP candidate has the interpersonal skills of Sacha Baron Cohen. Since Aden--and any other candidate--is going to lose anyway, the Democrats should have nominated a candidate willing to spend six months making fun of What's His Name; you know, the guy who believes that the people of Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and the entire developed world, are Communist Party dupes because they have National health care services.
But humor from local Democrats may be too much to expect. Attending one of their "meet the candidates" events is like visiting an old maid aunt in a nursing home. Everybody keeps looking at their watch, and everybody is polite. If you want a Blue Dog they'll hold their breath and turn blue; if you're interested in a progressive agenda, so are they. Just don't say the "L" word and, oh, carry a gun. It's your Constitutional right.
And my goodness, what a bunch of geezers, especially Democrat Party leadership here in Carroll County. Isn't it time boys, to recruit, train, and to get to know some new blood? Yes, I understand you were all eager beavers during the Kennedy Administration, but the New Frontier is now a retirement community. Isn't it time to turn over the reins?
Conversely, the Republican Party, especially locally, is attracting a lot of younger and young middle aged supporters. And their candidates seem to have plenty of energy too. There are only two things wrong with them: you can't tell whether they're running for political office or for the Presidency of the Southern Baptist Conference, and; we'll have to learn how to eat grass if their economic policies get passed.