Is it that people who are attracted to the Tea Party movement feel so disenfranchised that they instinctively endorse people who are a bit on the fringe as candidates?
That's the only explanation I can reach when looking at some of the lame-brain comments and actions of some Tea Party candidates.
We have former witch Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, speaking out against masturbation.
We have Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino, Republican candidate for governor in New York, bashing gays.
And we have Ray Iott, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Ohio, strutting around in a Nazi uniform.
Of course there have been goofy "mainstream" candidates as well. Who can forget the Wilbur Mills Tidal Basin sex scandal?
Donna Rice sitting on Gary Hart's lap derailing his presidential aspirations? And the arrest of U.S. Sen. Larry Craig for allegedly tapping the foot of another guy in an adjacent public restroom stall?
But I think that this year there are more weird behaviors by politicians because so many people are ready to throw out the old in the hopes that whoever is new will be better. But they don't really always check to see if new really translates into an improvement.
Ironically, the folks who are most promulgating this attitude of change are the first to criticize those who supported Barack Obama for president. Obama ran on a slogan of change. But, most Tea Partiers would argue, he was ill qualified and only made things worse.
I'm not saying they are right. But if that's what they believe, why are they heading down the same path?
One thing's for sure. If we get an influx of untested new faces in Congress and in state houses next month, covering them is sure going to be interesting!