In Bama, we are world renown for having some nutcases run for political office and embarrass themselves, and their families.
This week.....Parker Griffith got back into the news. He's a local guy from north Bama. He was a iron-clad Democrat, and somehow got elected for two terms in the House. In the midst of 2009 run-up for the same office....Parker realized things were going south, and whipped up the race by declaring himself a Republican.
Naturally, things like this tend to confuse Bama folks.
Parker lost the 2010 primary race to "Mo" Brooks, who was a Republican (at least until the winds shift and he has to change over).
This past week....Parker came out with a new political theme episode....not connected to either political party. "Alabama Strong!" is the theme.
This theme causes a Bama guy to sit and ponder.
Basically, you pick out a menu of sorts....catfish, gravy, cherry pie with whipped topping, and cornbread.....which appeals to most folks, but would never be the full-up menu choice in reality.
Parker says: "We've heard too much on gloom and doom". Obviously, everyone is disenchanted about politics, DC, the Affordable Healthcare Act, the economy, Chrysler losers, Hollywood wannabe actors, gimmick interviews on the Today Show, increasing milk prices, gas prices, unfair taxes, Chinese-made chainsaws, and one-star Country and Western songs about sorrow and woes.
Parker's theme is mostly a FDR-like song.....we ought to be happy about the good things in life and just not worry about the bad things. Feel good. Feel peppy. Feel marvious.
Course, all of this goes hand-in-hand with Auburn winning the NCAA championship, and Boeing putting a factory into Huntsville (well, if God is actively working on Bama's behalf).
Generally, it looks like Parker will run against "Mo" in next year's election. Republican? Democrat? Tea Party? It's hard to say. Maybe Parker tries to create some new political party called "Bama Strong!" and he gets twenty thousand folks in north Bama all hyped up on feeling good about lousy things.
My humble guess is that some dimwits with money are hoping to run up another unusual race in Bama....where everything is confusing, and the candidate isn't really political (be "Alabama Strong!"). Bama folks might be naive to vote for a guy....who simply is charming and a bit odd. We've done that a couple of times in the past.
Yeah, we are that naive....sadly.