And the pair somehow felt they could taunt Republican frontrunner Dino Rossi, who is 25 plus points ahead of both Didier and Akers, into debating them.
This evening's morbidly comical announcement by the odd couple of tall, booming Didier and the short, nasal, Dick Vitale-esque ("I'm a lean thinker, baaaby!") Akers absolutely smelled of the desperation of two campaigns clearly out of gas and out of time. It was very poor political move to make on the eve of ballots showing up in voter's mailboxes.
To make matters worse, there were technical flubs galore:
Didier fumbles big announcement
So, Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier hypes an "important announcement" Thurday evening on his website.Some even reported hearing the word "clusterf*ck" used. Not very impressive for two candidates that claim to be "innovators."
People were invited to go to blogtalkradio.com or phone in a specific number to hear it at 7 p.m. When I phoned in just before 7 p.m., I heard a hilarious dispute between what sounded like campaign staffers arguing about who should, and who should not, be able to speak on the phone conversation. The line went quiet after one person ordered several other people to figure the whole thing out. I then tried to call back in, but got a busy signal.
And despite minutes of surfing, I can't find Didier on blogtalkradio.
Anybody else have better luck?
Former Senate candidate Chris Widener tweeted that Akers and Didier had "jumped the shark." Bryan Myrick at Red County put it best:
The pair of candidates, presumably rushing to beat the clock as their airtime ran out like the sand from an hourglass – an apt visual metaphor for what was occurring in realtime to their political careers -- insinuated that powerful forces in Washington, D.C. are working hard to manipulate the election and take the choice away from Washington state voters.All in all, a true amateur hour by two rookies who, to use one of Didier's football metaphors, are not going to make it out of training camp.