By Michael Bryan
Yesterday saw another reality-challenged performance by Jesse Kelly in the Pima County Young Republican sponsored CD8 debate. The results of the straw poll following the debate indicate that even fellow Republicans think Jesse is bag of nuts:
Antenori -- 48 votes
McSally -- 30
Sitton -- 22
Kelly -- 19
Apparently, they prefer a choleric hothead who gets a little too caught up in the sound of his own voice and makes things up (Antenori) to a choleric hothead who lives in a different dimension and thinks he's telling the truth (Kelly).
Kelly doubled down on his 'America has all the oil it needs' nonsense during the debate, announcing that America could be energy independent "over-night" if we just exploited the energy resources under our public lands. But enviro-Nazi's at the Dept. of Interior are keeping our bold citizenry from marching out on our public lands and making us wealthy and debt free by mining and drilling our way to nirvana! Oh my!
Unfortunately, his opponents, rather than challenge Jesse's fact free fantasies, merely echoed his themes about domestic energy and energy independence. They were, of course, careful not to buy into his central premise (because they are not idiots). But instead of taking him to task and exposing him as a loon, they chose to endorse the more rational aspects of his theme for this campaign. They all called for more domestic production and weaning America off dependence of foriegn oil (which is absolutely a sensible wish, which Obama is actively bringing closer to reality), but eschewed wild claims of the riches that await us as we become energy independent net-exporters of fossil fuels "overnight".
Turns out however, Jesse's opponents were right to remain silent: the young voters sponsoring the debate (mostly) figured out Jesse is an idiot all by themselves.