The Most Doomed Campaign of 2012

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Jan. 31 2011 1:03 PM

The Most Doomed Campaign of 2012

Not Jon Huntsman! It's Vermont State Auditor Thomas Salmon, a Democrat-turned-Republican who tells David Catanese he wants to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders has represented the state in Congress since 1990; in 2006, he was elevated to the Senate after defeating self-funding businessman Rich Tarrant by 33 points. Tarrant had outspent Sanders, $7.3 million to $6 million.

But let's ignore all that. Let's focus on Salmon's completely incomprehensible quote.

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I am not attached to the 2012 outcome, my odds, or my political career. I don't need to be senator, or governor, or stay put as state auditor — I need to be an authentic self-utilizing power along the lines of excellence. I am deeply concerned that we address risks of economic, political and spiritual significance through a new brand of leaders that communicate effectively from the sincere center.

It sounds like a No Labels manifesto translated into Laotian and back into English.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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