It is, admittedly, a tough election cycle for Democrats. Especially those running in states like North Dakota. They’re saddled with an unpopular President who has passed a raft of failed policies, but can’t credibly run away from that President either.
So what do you do when you’re stuck between a rock and hard place? Start manufacturing an “outrage of the day” to distract from the fact that you don’t have anything to campaign on.
It’s happened a couple of times in North Dakota’s Senate race already. First it was Democrats suggesting that an ad paid for by an independent citizen called Heidi Heitkamp a prostitute (something that is more than a little bit of a stretch, “Heidi-ho” doesn’t have anything to do with hookers).
Now Democrats have staged a moment where the ask Heitkamp’s Republican opponent, Rick Berg, what the minimum wage was. When he didn’t know off the top of his head, Democrats immediately seized on the moment with another “gotcha” moment.
According to “reporting” at the Huffington Post we’re all supposed to be like “OMG Rick Berg is such a rich out of touch fool he doesn’t know what the minimum wage is!” Though this is so arbitrary, they may as well of asked Berg to name the capital of Maine off the top of his head.
Is this really what we’re down to? Pestering candidates with random trivia questions and them making hay if they get the answer wrong? And this is certainly a Democrat gimmick. According to Huffington Post, “At a recent Missouri GOP Senate debate, the four candidates vying for a chance to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo.) did not know the amount of the minimum wage.”
So, in other words, this wasn’t just some random moment between Berg and a citizen caught on camera. This is a operation by Democrats to plant questioners intended to catch Republicans off guard and make them look silly.
Again, Democrats are clearly out of ideas. But hey, whatever keeps us from talking about Obamacare, the national debt, failed stimulus policy, etc., etc.