He’s not even 50 years old, but Eric Hovde may very well be the “get off my lawn” candidate of 2012. He has lashed out at the media for what he considers unfair treatment and has complained about being “attacked” since he entered the race “behind the scenes and in a lot of different ways.” But having lived in D.C. for so long, surely Mr. Hovde must have had an inkling that politics is a blood sport. Hovde’s victim mentality is wearing thin as he begins to attack his Democratic opponent, Tammy Baldwin, even, The Hill reports, calling her “a communist.”
As The Hill’s Cameron Joseph reports:
Hovde repeatedly expressed exasperation with other politicians and the media during the interview, showing an impatience with the electoral process and irritation with both parties — as well as with how his campaign has been covered in the press. His tone stayed combative as he discussed the economic crisis, the United States’s budget problems and other candidates, and seemed stunned that others didn’t seem as concerned about the issues that motivated him, especially the national debt.
“I frankly keep being amazed by the lack of maturity and lack of intelligence of those in the political world,” he said, ripping politicians and the media.
Regarding Tammy Baldwin, Hovde had this to say:
“I fundamentally disagree with Tammy on almost everything. She has a more liberal voting record than almost anybody in Congress…Her philosophy has its roots in Marxism, communism, socialism, extreme liberalism — she calls it progressivism — versus mine, which is rooted in free-market conservatism.”
In the headline of his article, Cameron Joseph wrote, “Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde (R) thinks Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) philosophy stems from communism.”
But apparently Hovde was not happy about this headline, and his staff “took issue” with it.
“It is a misleading headline,” said a Hovde spokesman. “Eric never called her a Communist. He was characterizing her liberal philosophy and vision which, if you look at her dismal record in Congress, is pretty accurate.”
So, to sum up, Eric Hovde conducts interviews with the press, but when the press doesn’t frame his statements as Hovde expects them to be framed, he throws a fit and challenges the press.
Either Eric Hovde is incredibly naive to the ways of politics and media, or he’s desperately seeking attention and figures all press is good press. Neither option is attractive.