Some beach-ball questioning was recently gently lobbed at Stewart Mills III, the putative Republican candidate for the MN-08 congressional seat currently held by Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN). I’m not blaming the interviewer for that; it’s early. And the candidate nonetheless left himself open to informed criticism, not to mention outright mockery. This guy’s a piece of work.
MP: How would you have voted on the final bill ending the government shutdown?
SM: I’m not in Washington and I’m not privy to their conversations. I can neither commend nor condemn the votes that they’ve made because I just don’t have access to the strategies or the back-end.
There is such a divisive culture in Washington DC that it would have not been necessary to shut down the government if people were able to come together, put their cards on the table. When you take a look at what the Republicans were asking for, some of this, in hindsight, wasn’t unreasonable.
MP: Would you attach any conditions to voting to raise the federal debt limit?
SM: First of all, the United States of America has to pay its bills. As we go forward, we have to tie the increases of the debt limit to solid spending cuts, things that are unnecessary: the Department of Energy being turned into a venture capital firm … These are all things that maybe it’s a good in some people’s minds, however, it’s not the true function of the government, the proper function of the government, nor can we afford it, it is not sustainable. So, in a nutshell, yes, anything that we do, budget-wise, has to be tied to spending cuts because our current trajectory is not sustainable.
I’ll interpret: Not only would Mills have supported the GOP hardliners on the shutdown/debt limit, he’d in all likelihood be among those that would still want the government shut down, until the losers in the last national election got their way: annihilation of what’s left of the social safety net, and a massive increase in handouts for the rich man and his corporations – like Stewart Mills III himself, and Mills Fleet Farm. And he’d love to feed his own ego, as well. There’s a dose of George W. Bush in this guy: born with diamond-encrusted platinum spoons protruding from every orifice, of course he’s meant to rule!
Why not pay some dues in the state legislature, and work his way up? Because “work his way up” has never applied to Stewart Mills III, that’s why. And that should be enough to sour any voter. The most important thing about Mills, though, and candidates like him, is that they represent a failed, dying ideology. Now is not the time to be looking backward, like that. Not that it ever is.
All of that being said, it’s critical not to make the mistake of taking this guy’s candidacy too lightly, as I know I did Chip Cravaack, pre-November 2010.