Juan Williams, a columnist for The Hill and analyst for Fox News, stated that he believes failed presidential candidate Evan McMullin, an independent Senate candidate, could trounce incumbent Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, because…wait for it…”Star Wars.”
I wish I were making this up. I really, really do. I really wish we didn’t live in a reality where someone who holds such a high position in a news network could actually make a ridiculously absurd comment like this and be taken seriously. Unfortunately, we do live in such a world, God help us.
According to the Daily Wire, “Williams laid out the case for McMullin — and for a viable third party in general — in a column published by The Hill on Monday. He noted that the race was certainly a long shot, especially for a third-party candidate, and compared it to the final scene of ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.’ McMullin, he said, was no different from Luke Skywalker attempting to take out the Death Star.”
What makes #Utah significant is that @EvanMcMullin win potentially opens a new way for politicians to get out of the rut of polarized, do-nothing, two-party politics. Think of Evan as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars trying to blow up the Empire’s starship. https://t.co/4ZQ2yBctQF
— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) September 27, 2022
The column, titled “An odd race in Utah gives hope to the nation,” kicked things off by stating that only eight independent U.S. Senators have been elected in the United States since 1971. He then pointed out that the race taking place in Utah is just weird enough to possibly deliver a ninth.
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Politico, according to the Daily Wire report, has referred to this as the “strangest Senate race in America,” because it features an incumbent (in this case Lee), no Democratic Party candidate, and McMullin, who is running as an independent.
McMullin, who had previously made a run for office as part of the GOP, broke with his party due to having a raging case of Trump Derangement Syndrome, has pulled in support from some Utah Democrats in the race.
“What takes it beyond strange to significant is that a McMullin win potentially opens a new way for politicians to get out of the rut of polarized, do-nothing, two-party politics,” Williams wrote in the piece. “Think of McMullin as Luke Skywalker, the rebel pilot in Star Wars, trying to blow up the Empire’s star ship.”
He continued, “Last year, 62 percent of voters told Gallup they want a third-party alternative to the Republicans and Democrats. Those numbers mean McMullin is an underdog in the right place at the right time to benefit from widespread discontent. In other words, to continue the Star Wars analogy, a lot of people well beyond Utah’s corners are hoping ‘The Force’ is with McMullin.”
“According to recent polling, Lee still holds a slight lead over McMullin — 36%-34% — but another 16% of those polled said that they had not yet made a decision about the race,” the report concluded.
Was this not the most cringe thing you’ve read today, as all the kids say? When out of touch Democrats attempt to be culturally relevant, it’s just painful to watch. Blech.