Yes, you heard that right.
For the life of us, we can’t figure out any politically sane reason for Esch’s boneheaded actions.
Esch most likely has the Dem nomination locked up. For his own sake, why would he do anything to risk that? What could possibly be in it for him? A promise from Raimondo for $2,300? Were there Raimondo supporters out there who WEREN’T going to vote for him? If Raimondo by chance wins on Tuesday, does he think he’s part of the bandwagon?
And please, don’t tell us that he felt he “should” endorse Raimondo because he really feels that Tony is the best. We’re sure there are lots of things in Jimmy’s head, but that doesn’t mean he should blurt them out. For instance, Jim also shouldn’t say, “And by the way Tony, I think your wife is really hot.”
So let’s look at what Esch could/should have done:
1) Kept his freaking mouth shut. How does this hurt him in the least bit? Everyone will figure he’s just for which ever Dem wins. Or maybe they figure he’s really a Kleeb-guy — fellow 2006 loser, and all that. That only helps him.
2) Endorsed Kleeb. Hey, guess what? If you were a betting person in this race, your money is probably safest on Kleeb right now. Sure Raimondo might make it close, could even win. But even if he DOES win, would endorsing Kleeb really hurt him? Heck, he could probalby even get some of Kleeb’s sweet-ActBlue money out of the deal.
Now, all those potential donations may dry up when they find out Esch is a Raimondo (hint-Republican) guy. He has now pissed off loads of Kleeb volunteers who probably would have carried Esch’s yard-signs and stickers around for the summer and fall. He hasn’t really gained any “Independants” if that was his hope, because none of them will care/remember/pay attention come November.
This is a lose-lose for Esch.
He could have tried to run on the Obama-Kleeb-Esch ticket in November. Now he’s betting on Raimondo (as if that does anything for him) or some independant streak that people won’t remember anyway.
Now, we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop with Richard Carter’s endorsement of Kleeb.
And would Kleeb endorse Carter? (We’re guessing Mrs. Kleeb is smart enough to steer him away from that…)