A person who has “lived” in Kentucky for 17 years might know how “Bloody Harlan” got its name and that The Dukes of Hazzard was set in the fictional Hazzard (two Z’s) County, Georgia, not the Kentucky city of Hazard (one Z).[…..]
Not only is Eastern Kentucky’s drug problem “a real pressing issue,” it is arguably the region’s and the state’s most pressing issue. For Paul to think otherwise, he must have spent his 17 years in this state in a cocoon — perhaps paying 24/7 homage to Aqua Buddha.
What I find interesting are the similarities with the original Tea Party candidate, Doug Hoffman:
Douglas L. Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, showed no grasp of the bread-and-butter issues pertinent to district residents in a Thursday morning meeting with the Watertown Daily Times editorial board.[…..]
Coming to Mr. Hoffman’s defense, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, who accompanied the candidate on a campaign swing, dismissed regional concerns as “parochial” issues that would not determine the outcome of the election. On the contrary, it is just such parochial issues that we expect our representative to understand and be knowledgeable about, if he wants to be our voice in Washington.
This shouldn’t be surprising: conservatism, at least in its Tea Party incarnation, is ideological and abstract, not pragmatic and concrete. Air-fairy ideas about “freedom” are considered much more important than a working knowledge of local issues.