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Keller @ Large: Pay Close Attention To Paul LePage

BOSTON (CBS) – Conservative Maine Governor Paul LePage’s extremely blunt and politically incorrect mouth has gotten him in trouble again. And LePage critics were briefly excited Tuesday morning by the news that he was considering resignation.

After all, LePage’s long string of verbal stink bombs that have included telling the president to “go to hell” and calling the IRS “the new gestapo” haven’t had the same bounce as his most recent gaffe, making racially-charged comments about Maine’s drug trafficking and leaving an obscene, threatening voice mail for another pol who criticized him.

But the prospect of a LePage abdication didn’t last long.

By lunchtime, LePage had apologized to the voice-mail target and was tweeting: “reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated.” I suspect he will remain in office now that he has focused attention away from his foul mouth and towards attempts to invalidate his election.

Pay close attention to LePage if you want to understand how Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee and remains within reach of the presidency.

LePage won election twice in multi-candidate fields because he attracted a loyal group of conservative voters who hate political correctness, and see LePage as their only hope for real representation, warts and all. Trump’s path and base are similar, and both men have shown the ability to turn heat into political rocket fuel.

Sometimes, politics is about issues. Other times, it’s about the personal feelings of voters. Abhor Trump and LePage if you want, but don’t underestimate them.

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One Comment

    We do not need the left wing press tell us what is good and bad or right or wrong…..
    Donald Trump has made Americans once again proud of our Nation….not pretending to drive a tank, let willie horton free to exact pain, not know what to due if his wife is raped, placing susan e in charge the the filth of bos harb…..yes keller knows it all from the northeastern collection of fools led by a cook book indian….or keller is the reason America is in range of NK nukes,,,,,just another liberal left wing mouth that never stood a station!

  2. jerry2286 says:

    “There will be blood, there will be repercussions.” – MI Democratic Rep. Douglas Geiss expressing his displeasure on a bill that unions consider unfavorable.

    “If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun” – Barack Hussein Obama at a fundraising speech.

    “I’d like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down” – Joy Behar in an interview about Mitt Romney.

    “You are F***king dead!” – Rep. Gordon Hintz’s, D-Oshkosh comment to a fellow house member, Rep. Michelle Litjens, after he did not agree with her vote on a bill.

    “Under our laws, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.” Hillary Clinton, In an interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press”

    The Democrat’s are the party of death, violence, and absolute hypocrisy.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      The problem with your comment is that you sincerely believe because it comes from one side it justifies coming from the other. It is not acceptable in any arena….but then for you, apparently it is.

      1. Benglas2 says:

        Wrong….he’s saying that Liberals should stop being hypocritical and criticizing Conservatives for saying the same things that they do.

      2. bees_knees_6 says:

        Wrong_he is saying that liberals should not be hypocritical. He is also deflecting. Le me repeat. Neither side should make these comments. Please let me know if you continue to disagree and think one should and one should not.

      3. Benglas2 says:

        You just repeated exactly what I said! No mention of whether it was right or wrong was made other than in your failed attempt to analyze what he said, so that is not part of the argument.

      4. bees_knees_6 says:

        I’m sorry – I will break it down for you.

        Wrong_he is saying that liberals should not be hypocritical. (I agreed with you on that) He is also deflecting. (I pointed out that he is doing more than agreeing) Le (perhaps the missing “t” was the problem) me repeat.

        Neither side should make these comments. (This was the point of my comment that you referred to but chose to ignore)

        Please let me know if you continue to disagree and think one should and one should not.

        (Still waiting for an answer.)

    2. The Owl says:

      Neither should be hypocritical, and we should cease lionizing those that are and electing them to office.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        And therein lies the problem. We have no choice and when we did, which I considered Bernie to be, we decide not to support him.

    3. Benglas2 says:

      Bees….read the entire post. Not the parts you want to see. I addressed whether it was right or wrong. Of course it’s wrong for both sides! That wasn’t the argument, but you claimed that it was. I don’t know how else to lay it out for you.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:

        Not exactly but yes it is wrong. Glad we can agree on that which is what I said.

  3. bees_knees_6 says:

    Politicial correctness is now being used to excuse prejudice and bigotry. If that is what the right wants, then it certainly is what it has found in this jerk and Trump.

    1. Benglas2 says:

      You’re right. Political Correctness is an excuse to slam Whites, Christians, Males, Straight People, and Rich people. Your only flaw is that you have the wrong candidate listed.

      1. bees_knees_6 says:


  4. fred125 says:

    Lepage should have doubled down and held a press conference where he read off arrest records of all the criminals from lowell and lawence that have been arrested in maine on drug charges.
    He should not resign for speaking the truth. Our wishy washy faux-republican governor should resign just because he is such a wishy washy fake liar, who throws his party and it’s ideals under the bus every chance he gets.

  5. mstarvin says:

    Only Jon could see LePage and Trump as the same…

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      Bigots – check. Hate women – check. Have no concept of respect – check.

      Not seeing a difference here.

      1. mstarvin says:

        Of course you cant you are a liberal and blind as a bat….and like to make wild accusations….

  6. mikey says:

    My favorite bumper sticker these days: “GIANT METEOR IN 2016 – Just end it all.”

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      LOVE IT

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