In 1991, Edwin Edwards, a Democrat, and David Duke, a Republican, ran for governor of Louisiana. There was a memorable bumper sticker: “Vote for the Crook, Not the Nazi.” The crook, in fact, won — beating the Nazi (and Klansman) by about 61 percent to 39 percent.
I thought of this when contemplating Illinois’s Third District. The Democrat is Dan Lipinski, a rare, rare pro-life member of his party, and the Republican is a Nazi named Arthur Jones. “Vote for the Pro-Life Democrat, Not the Nazi”? It doesn’t have the same ring, but it’ll do.
In other news, I have a piece today about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Its title borrows from a rap song of 1991 — the year of the fabled Edwards-Duke throwdown. That song is “Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . .” Whatever you may think of Trump, doesn’t his posture toward Putin make you go hmmm, just a little bit?
It’s not entirely true that “Things That Make You Go Hmmm . . .” is the only rap song I know — because the next year, 1992, “Baby Got Back” came out. That is a summit of art, of course.
A final item, for now: Stormy Daniels, the porn star, is in court about her relationship with Donald Trump, and so is Karen McDougal, the Playboy bunny. Do you recognize the last name? Well, Jim and Susan McDougal were stars of the Clinton scandals — of Whitewater, in particular. They both went to jail. Jim died there; Susan was given a full pardon by President Clinton in the last hours of his presidency.
It’s good to see that the Party of Family Values has a McDougal of its own. McDougals all ’round.