Cursing and costumes: What ITK will miss about Election 2010


In addition to seasoned politicians, this cycle, a handful of high-profile political newcomers had to learn their lessons on the fly, and on the national stage. This made for some great (and very weird) moments, and ITK will miss them all.

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Early on in the campaign, some candidates figured out the hard way that TV wasn’t their best medium. Like South Carolina Senate candidate Alvin Greene (D), who spoke very, er, deliberately, and suggested on camera that jobs could be created by way of an Alvin Greene action figure.

On small screens up north in Connecticut, voters were remind of old WWE wrestling scenes of Senate hopeful Linda McMahon (R). The most memorable one was when McMahon stands up from a wheelchair to kick her husband in the groin. That might not go over so well in the Senate Dining Room.

Sharron Angle, who is hoping to take down Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), tried to avoid being on screen altogether. Like many candidates this year, she dodged TV cameras and reporters, occasionally breaking into a jog to escape the Fourth Estate. But voters didn’t seem to mind, as her poll numbers have gone up over the last couple of weeks.

In Delaware, Senate Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell ran the most memorable ad of the season, denying on screen that she’s a witch. And then seconds later, she made the difficult segue to say, “I’m you.”

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was an ITK favorite, especially when he growled at a reporter on camera, “I’ll take you out, buddy.”

There was real violence when a Rand Paul supporter decided to step on a woman’s head to “help restrain her” at a campaign rally.

In other races, long-forgotten cameras, and the photos in them, provided some hilarious moments, including House Democratic candidate Krystal Ball’s (Va.) R-rated “Naughty Santa” pictures.

Another costume that got some attention was GOP House candidate Rich Iott’s Nazi outfit. However, Iott said the controversy was overblown, and he was able to secure Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) endorsement after the controversy erupted.

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There were other priceless moments. Who could forget the chicken suits that were banned from Nevada polling stations during the state’s GOP primary? Not Sue Lowden, the candidate who regrettably suggested chicken-bartering as an alternative to cash at the doctor’s office.

Another questionable suggestion came from the person who encouraged Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) to throw a baseball on national television.

And heads up, all you “hicky”-looking actors out there: Republicans in West Virginia want you. Or they wanted you a few weeks ago, until someone found out about it.
Many women weren’t pleased after someone on Democrat Jerry Brown’s campaign in California called opponent Meg Whitman a “whore.”

Every campaign year is filled with memorable moments, but it will be tough to top 2010. Even though it’s nearly over, there is good news: Some Republicans will soon be announcing their bids for the White House. ITK can hardly wait.