You know what Paul Streitz's U.S. Senate announcement lacked?You go girl! Oh, she's just getting warmed up.
I've always thought "pieing" was a bit dopey, but I'll say one thing about the banana cream number hurled at the side of Streitz's head in September during one of his anti-immigrant diatribes: It made the affair memorable.
No such luck Tuesday, as Streitz read a six-page, single-spaced announcement that could have easily been summed up in two words: Mexicans bad.
Pie!, I thought as I watched him deliver the speech with as much charisma as a kid reading his "What I did last summer" essay. For the love of baked goods, somebody get me a pie!
You wouldn't have guessed that just days before, Streitz had met with Republican Party Chairman George Gallo, who had strongly suggested that he broaden his platform.He might not win the election, but we'll have fun joking about the 80 dollar wonderkid.
Economics, Gallo suggested. Health care. Taxes, even. Anything that might, say, appeal to the non-xenophobe types.
And I suppose, technically, Streitz made an attempt - though all roads eventually led back to Mexico. The economy would improve - if we just got rid of all the Mexicans. The heath care mess would be cleared up - if only we could bid adios to the free-loading Mejicanos.
"If the United States is economically destroyed tomorrow, the Mexicans will rejoice," he declared.
Gallo didn't seem surprised when I reported back Wednesday that Streitz had failed to take his advice.
"I guess he's a disciplined candidate," Gallo politely offered. "But that's not how you win elections."
...and Helen, we'll buy you a pie anytime...as long as you allow us to videotape the throw.