How “Independent” is Senate Candidate Angus King?
posted at 9:32 pm on May 22, 2012 by Slublog
Earlier this month, Angus King was still playing footsie with the strangely incurious media about which party he plans to caucus with if he’s elected to the US Senate. In this case, it was Chris Matthews asking questions of the media’s soon-to-be favorite independent candidate.
Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews which party King might caucus with if elected, the former two-term Maine governor seemed unconcerned about making a decision anytime soon.
“If you read the Constitution, Article 1 talks about Congress … and the word caucus doesn’t appear anywhere. Neither does the word party,” King said. “And I don’t see how you can necessarily exclude a duly elected United States senator from Maine or anywhere else because they refuse to join one or the other of the party caucuses.”
Matthews then jumped in: “Why don’t you say … I will give up all my committee assignments to maintain my independence.”
King replied: “That is absolutely an option and is one of the options I am considering.”
Oh, tee hee…isn’t he just dreamy? Such an independent spirit! Such a bold thinker! Such a…tiresome seller of absolute nonsense to an overly credulous media.
Rick Bennett, who is running for the GOP nomination, does the work the strangely incurious media seems incapable or unwilling to do and finds that for an independent, Angus sure seems to heavily favor one political party over the other. In fact, the day after Snowe announced her retirement, Angus gave $6,000 to the DNC.
But now he’s the “independent” candidate for her seat.
This isn’t the first time the strangely incurious media has completely ignored an “independent” candidate’s political donations. The moderate, middle-of-the-road rhetoric is their pablum – soft, easy to digest and so, so comforting and tasty. Still, as I said when Eliot Cutler was playing this game, even if one doesn’t believe in the Bible as a theological document, it’s hard to deny the truths about human nature in that book. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A simple concept – money is valuable, so we tend to spend it on things we want or believe in. All of Angus King’s donations have gone to one of the two political parties he now claims to transcend.
Still, I was willing to admit that maybe I’m being unfair to Angus and that maybe he’s been more independent in the past. Maybe Bennett’s numbers are just a fluke. So I did more research on his donation history:
Note: In the graphic, the three donations made by the donor listed as “Angus King III, Portland” were made by his son. The donations made by “King, Angus S.” were those of the Senate candidate.