Bluestem readers have long had an acquaintance with "Mr. Conservative," the personal blog once kept by Jim Hagedorn, the self-described "insurgent" candidate who defeated Iraq War veteran Aaron Miller in last week's MN01 primary.
Now Tim Murphy at Mother Jones strolls through the archives of the Internet Wayback Machine in House Candidate Called Female Senators "Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes."
Some of the gems:
Hagedorn also reveled in the type of gay innuendo you may have heard in high school courtyards in decades past. (Kids these days know better.) He referred to former Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl as an "alleged switch-hitter" and a "packer." Former GOP candidate Mike Taylor, the target of a homophobic attack ad during his campaign against then-Sen. Max Baucus, came out even worse: "[T]he ad really bent Taylor over with rage and caused him to go straight to the bar and get lubricated," Hagedorn wrote. "It must have taken all Taylor's power to refrain from fisting…err…using his fists on Max Baucus, or at the very least ream him inside and out."
In an entry on the Supreme Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which ruled that state bans on sodomy were unconstitutional, he wrote: "Butt (sic) never have winners lost so dearly. The Court's voyage into uncharted, untreated cultural bathhouse waters was designed to offer a gentle push from behind…to generate a small skip forward for the pink triangle class…to throw them a bone, so to speak."
Lest anyone challenge his bona fides, Hagedorn wanted to make abundantly clear he was a straight white male. "Senator McCain's campaign was all but flat lined before he brought the feisty Caribou Barbie into our living rooms," he wrote in 2008. "Which reminds me, on behalf of all red-blooded American men: THANK YOU SENATOR McCAIN, SARAH'S HOT!"
Not all female politicians were viewed as favorably. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as "undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes." Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated "to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor."
Writing about now-Sen. John Thune's race against Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, Hagedorn turned his razor-sharp wit on America's most coddled demographic—Native Americans. "The race has been highlighted by a Democrat drive to register voters in several of several of South Dakota's expansive redistribution of wealth centers…err…casino parlors…err…Indian reservations. Remarkably, many of the voters registered for absentee ballots were found to be chiefs and squaws who had returned to the spirit world many moons ago." Alleging that fake votes from Indians would provide the margin of victory, he echoed "John Wayne's wisdom of the only good Indian being a dead Indian."
Hagedorn may have been joking. (The quip's real author, General Philip Sheridan, wasn't.) But American Indians were a favorite punching bag over at Mr. Conservative. In that same post, he referred to Nevada as a land of "nuclear waste and thankless Indians." What made the state's Native American population thankless? Hagedorn didn't say.
Read the rest at Mother Jones.
We've heard rumors that Hagedorn believes that he's grown up. We'll buy that: he's gone from Mr. Conservative to taking pictures of cardboard cutouts of national advertising spokesters and claiming their support.
Hagedorn faces an uphill battle both ways against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz.
Screenshot: The cardboard cutout of Flo and Hagedorn, via Facebook. The actress who plays Flo in the Progressive Insurance commercial,comedian Stephanie Courtney, has contributed at least $7950 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008, as Bluestem noted in Jim Hagedorn enlists cardboard Flo for position against Obamacare; real actress gave thousands to Obama, DCCC & Emily's List. We had more in Even Hagedorn's Pretend Internet Girlfriend Flo doesn't make NRCC hot for MNCD1 clown car.
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