It’s not unusual for political candidates to portray opponents as being outside the mainstream, but occasionally those attacks don’t pass the laugh test. Take U.S. Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., who faced a strong challenge from Richard Tisei, the former leader of the tiny Republican caucus in the Massachusetts Senate.
The Tierney campaign portrayed Tisei as a “radical” who would advance the agenda of the most “right wing” elements in Congress. As a Republican in Massachusetts, Tisei is technically outside that state’s mainstream, but here’s the catch: Tisei is a gay Republican who describes himself as fiscally conservative but libertarian on social issues.
He’s therefore to the political left of most congressional Republicans and even to the left of many Oklahoma Democrats. Only in a political campaign would someone describe him as an element of the conservative political fringe and keep a straight face.