Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh must really want a new job.
Sure, he's gone off the deep end many times since entering high office. But at a raucous debate in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, last night (as recorded by the Daily Herald and reported by TPM's Eric Kleefeld), he seemed to be daring his constituents to fire him.
At one point, Walsh tried to establish his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee veteran of the Iraq War (and frequent guest of The Ed Show), as a political insider who only says what Democratic bosses tell her to say.
"I think darn near everybody in this audience is sick and tired — and I’ll say it with a smile — of Republicans and Democrats, elected officials, who seem to poll test every syllable of every word that they utter, because they’re so afraid of offending people and losing votes. You’re seeing the perfect example of that up here on this stage. Tammy Duckworth will not say a thing that David Axelrod and her advisers won’t let her say."
Members of the audience booed, but an unfazed Walsh went on to address his criticism by brandishing this photo of Duckworth picking out her clothes for her speech at the upcoming Democratic convention:
"I was marching in a parade in Schaumburg (Illinois), Sunday, two days before the Democratic convention," Walsh said, holding up the photo, “when Tammy Duckworth was on a stage down in Charlotte (N.C.) — if you can look at the picture — picking out a dress for her speech Tuesday night."
The audience booed again, drowning out Walsh as he tried to finish his statement.
Duckworth responded with a powerful zinger at Walsh, who did not serve in the military.
"And yes, I do sometimes look at the clothes that I wear,” she said. “But for most of my adult life, I’ve worn one color — it’s called camouflage."
Thankfully, it looks like the electorate has had it with Joe Walsh. The only poll of the race, taken in September, showed Duckworth leading 52 to 38 percent.