Has Kim Hendren Gone Meshuggeneh? (Updated!)

Sen. Kim Hendren Today The Tolbert Report follows up and fills in on last week’s report about GOP Sen. Kim Hendren’s frosty reception at the May meeting of the Pulaski County Republican Committee, where Hendren took some hits from attendees about his votes on taxes.

Previously unreported and tucked away in Tolbert’s post is the news that Hendren, in talking about Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, referred to the New York Democrat as “that Jew.” Hendren apologizes for the remark and attempts to explain, but the story’s already gone national, and anyway, what the hell?

Please keep in mind that Hendren announced his candidacy to challenge Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln less than a month ago and just about everything that’s been written about him since then has noted his propensity to “stick his foot in his mouth.” He even admits it himself in his remarks to Tolbert, who is generous in crediting it to Hendren “saying what he thinks.” Well.

Which is my way of saying, Hendren just needs to drop out of the race right now. He’s done. Period.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, Roby Brock is blogging madly today over at the Political Buzz, and he says former Razorback football player Chris Bequette is eyeing the race on the GOP side as well. Hey, good news, Chris! I think a spot just opened up!

And I may have been rash in suggesting that Hendren must drop out now. He can wait till tomorrow and do the whole late Friday afternoon press release about wanting to “spend more time with his family.” I’m fine with that.

UPDATE: Hendren talks to AP’s Andrew Demillo and attempts to clarify. And here’s another Politico analysis piece that headlines Hendren as “A Walking Gaffe Machine.” Marvelous.

And over at Blake’s Think Tank, Blake Rutherford’s launched the “Hendren’s Out” countdown, it looks like. And a blogging John Brummett unleashes one of those verbs no candidate wants to hear used to describe his campaign: “Implodes.”

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6 thoughts on “Has Kim Hendren Gone Meshuggeneh? (Updated!)

  • Wow, I read this about 3 seconds before 102.9’s 12:30 news cast mentioned the same “gaffe by an Arkansas Senator”. What an idiot!

  • Bill from Sheridan

    I didn’t know that Schumer was a Jewish.

  • Thats right ladies and gents. Blanchie is vulnerable! And the Arkansas GOP will beat her in 2010!

    Come place your bets here!!!!!!

  • Bill from Sheridan

    BR549 for Senate 2010!

  • Fourche River Rex

    You know, its like Hendren read this blog and said, “Ole Fourche River Rex says I can’t be elected. Well, I’ll show that no good bastard a thing or two. I’ll show him who can’t be elected! He thinks I can’t be! Well I’ll show him how unelectable I am!”
    Don’t get me wrong, don’t think that I think I’m quite the little smarty and I figured something out no one else figured out. Saying “I told you so” in this instance is like saying, “I told you so” to Pickett after his charge. Lord knows I wasn’t the only person here or elsewhere that said he couldn’t be elected.
    But dang. No one thought it would happen so quick! I mean, has there ever been a campaign that imploded so quickly?
    Color me impressed!

  • Only if you run my campaign Bill…


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