How does an incumbent stay in office? First off, don’t have any issues. Let’s take a look at Congressman Rick Larsen’s website as an example. Larsen currently represents Washington state’s CD2. You will note a fundraising link, a contact link, pictures, press and all that other normal campaign site stuff at his campaign tube. What you won’t see is an issues page.
Fortunately, Stephen Colbert dug into the issues a bit so we can have a deeper understanding of why voters should vote for or against the candidate. Let’s take a look at immigration:
Colbert: What do you think of the proposed wall between the United States and Canada?
Larsen: I don’t support it.
Colbert: So you don’t believe that we should secure our borders.
Larsen: Yes, I believe we should secure our borders.
Colbert: How do we secure our borders without a wall?
Let’s fast forward to marijuana policy:
Colbert: Your state is one of the few that has a medical marijuana program,” Colbert said to Congressman Rick Larsen, from Washington.
Larsen: Uh huh, that’s right.
Colbert: Are you high right now?
Rep. I am not, nor have I ever been.
Colbert: I didn’t ask that part. You jumped to that pretty quickly. Seems like he doth protest too much. Are you going to tell me you didn’t kill anyone next? ‘I don’t know where the murder weapon is.’ That’s what that sounded like to me.
Larsen: I can understand what you’re saying.
Colbert: Can you? Because sometimes it can impair your hearing if you smoke dope.
You’ll have to watch the video below to catch Larsen’s view(s) on the Patriot Act, but here’s a teaser: “Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop.”