John Danforth turned today’s funeral of his protege into a farce.
I know I said earlier that I wasn’t going to talk about all the craziness being bandied about in the days since Tom Schweich’s suicide, hoping it will go away. Unfortunately, Danforth just amplified the craziness and sent it to the stratosphere. This funeral and my having attended it made me way more mad than sad. So I’m going to have to address the matter, hoping that I can bring some people to their senses.
Tom Schweich committed suicide probably because he was mentally unstable.
He didn’t commit suicide because there was a way too early to matter OBO (“On Behalf Of”) Hanaway negative radio buy out there against him, a buy I only heard about the day before he committed suicide. I don’t even know if the buy actually made it on-air on any station in the state. First off, as far as negative buys, it was hardly the most vitriolic, even if it like most political buys played fast and loose with the truth. Second, if every politician who faced negative ads committed suicide, we would hardly have any politicians. The hard truth of the matter is that you can’t fit two candidates into one nomination without a massive wreck.
He didn’t commit suicide because there was an anti-Semitic whispering campaign against him. First off, I, as someone whose job heavily involves Missouri state government, didn’t even know he had Jewish heritage until after his suicide, his father’s father was Jewish. Tom Schweich, OTOH, was a practicing Episcopalian. Second, if there was such a whispering campaign, they were echoes in Schweich’s own head. Third, nobody would be dumb enough to start one, because of the media shitstorm that would land on their heads when it was found out they did. Just look at the way the P-D is doing a media chimpout just based on the unsubstantiated rumor that there was one.
Fourth, and most importantly, the reason there was not and never would have been such a whispering campaign is because it would not have been effective. Who in this state would have thought less of Schweich if it did become public knowledge that his father’s father was Jewish? Hardly anyone. Who among the universe of voters in this state that was going to or was seriously considering voting for Schweich for Governor would have not voted for Schweich after finding this out? If you tallied such individuals, you could count them on two hands. If anything, Schweich might have come out with a net vote advantage, because there would have been way more evangelical Christians (“Christian Zionists”) in this state who would have changed their votes from Hanaway or non-voting to Schewich than the scant few who would have abandoned him. Let this be a cautionary tale to some of you reading these words who are hell bent on “naming the Jew,” “exposing the Jews,” “giving the Zionists what-for.” All that accomplishes is getting whoever you’re “exposing” more votes and more sympathy, especially from high-voting high-activist evangelical Christians, and making you look like a crackpot. We live in 2015 America, not 1935 Germany.
OTOH, none of this would have made me think less of Schweich, because I didn’t think anything of him to begin with. For one, his history, for two, that he was a John Danforth sock puppet, which is why until this all happened, I sarcastically referred to him in this space as Tom Danforth, and for three, for something I but few others know. I was never going to vote for him even if this would have come out and he didn’t commit suicide. But I never vote for him for anything before, in spite of having two chances to do so. (2014 Republican primary and 2014 general; in 2010, I was living in Edwardsville.)
But none of this matters to a certain high circulation newspaper in this town. To read their nutbar editorializing in the last six calendar days, you would think that you hit the Third Reich once you go west of Creve Coeur and it’s Nazi all the way to Independence, with a brief oasis in Columbia. This particular newspaper, and also a certain Jewish publication that goes backward, in spite of its name, has gone so far as to try to connect Rounder from VNN’s little murderous hissy fit last year (which he did in the state of Kansas, BTW), and Schweich’s suicide. All the while forgetting to mention that Schweich already won four statewide elections since 2010, two primaries and two generals, beating all goy comers. Strange behavior from fire-breathing Nazis who hate quarter-Jews.
The very people have have been and continue to be implicitly impugned since last Thursday were nothing but gracious and polite at this morning’s funeral. John Danforth showed way more ass than class.