All of which I wouldn't have bothered blogging about, if it wasn't for one of the greatest reactions ever. Via Steve Benen, here's Adam Serwer feeling sorry for Medina:
[Y]ou can hardly blame tea-party folks if they get confused about which evidence-free conspiracy theories are OK, which ones you have to believe to be taken seriously as a member of the movement, and which evidence-free conspiracy theories might get you disavowed. It's confusing!The thing is, as I said I saw her debate, and my initial reaction was how much better informed she was than Sarah Palin....if you just ignored that lots of the stuff she was spouting (about the importance of the Tenth Amendment, or whatever) were just nonsense. But it wasn't as if she was making stuff up, and at least to my ears she didn't sound as if she was just saying outrageous stuff for demagogic reasons. She had clearly learned a ton of stuff. The bulk of what I recognized was probably from Ron Paul, but she is clearly well-read and pays a lot of attention to national and state politics. It's just that what she's reading and paying attention to is often, well, gibberish. Not because it's libertarian, but because it's just nonsense.
Oh well. By the way, Hutchison is still claiming that she's going to resign her Senate seat this spring, regardless of what happens in the primary. She's been claiming that she would do so for months, and increasingly no one believes her...I did want to point out one wild scenario, however. Should she really resign, the procedure is that Perry would then appoint an interim Senator, followed by a special election. I'm not sure the exact law, but I believe that if she really resigns in March, the special election will take place some time in the summer. How about this: Medina does well in the gubernatorial primary but loses. She then takes on, and defeats, Perry's appointed Senator in a very low-interest special election primary, only to wind up saying enough nutty things that she loses to a Democrat in the special election...thus giving the Democrats 60 Senate seats for the last couple of months of the current Congress. Yeah, unlikely (and to tell the truth I'm not really sure how the special is set up, so I'm not sure whether there even are separate primaries), but I did want to write it down somewhere as a possibility just in case it happens, so that I could say you read it here first.