Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Jim Hagedorn

Jim Hagedorn is the Republican candidate trying to unseat Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. He’s a former Treasury Department official in the Bush administration who blogs as “Mr. Conservative,” where he behaves like a petulant teenager making naughty puns and displays his blatant sexism.

Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a surprise victor in last Tuesday’s GOP primary. But he brings some serious baggage to his race against Walz, a four-term incumbent. In posts from his old blog, Mr. Conservative, unearthed by the Minnesota politics blog Bluestem Prairie*, Hagedorn made light of American Indians, President Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, and female Supreme Court justices, among others, in ways many voters won’t appreciate.

Hagedorn deleted many of his old posts prior to his 2010 run for Walz’s seat—he lost in the GOP primary. But some of his writings can still be found via the Internet Archive or in screenshots taken by the Minnesota Independent. These were not mere juvenile ramblings, either: Hagedorn was a Treasury Department official at the time…

Hagedorn also reveled in the type of gay innuendo you may have heard in high school courtyards in decades past. (Kids these days know better.) He referred to former Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl as an “alleged switch-hitter” and a “packer.” Former GOP candidate Mike Taylor, the target of a homophobic attack ad during his campaign against then-Sen. Max Baucus, came out even worse: “[T]he ad really bent Taylor over with rage and caused him to go straight to the bar and get lubricated,” Hagedorn wrote. “It must have taken all Taylor’s power to refrain from fisting…err…using his fists on Max Baucus, or at the very least ream him inside and out.”…

Lest anyone challenge his bona fides, Hagedorn wanted to make abundantly clear he was a straight white male. “Senator McCain’s campaign was all but flat lined before he brought the feisty Caribou Barbie into our living rooms,” he wrote in 2008. “Which reminds me, on behalf of all red-blooded American men: THANK YOU SENATOR McCAIN, SARAH’S HOT!”

Not all female politicians were viewed as favorably. In a 2002 post, Hagedorn referred to Washington Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray as “undeserving bimbos in tennis shoes.” Former Bush White House counsel Harriet Miers, he wrote in 2005, had been nominated “to fill the bra of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.”

A man who calls sitting U.S. senators “undeserving bimbos” wants to be in Congress. That’s about all you need to know.

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  • raven

    Mr. Conservative is more like Mr. Archie Bunker after a head injury.

    I’ve seen better trolls on the internet.

    Ow well, Minnesota has a lot of Scandinavians. I suppose some trolls must have followed them over from the old country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitwalker1990 chriswalker

    Hagedorn also reveled in the type of gay innuendo you may have heard in high school courtyards in decades past. (Kids these days know better.)

    Ok, I may be a full class and a half out of high school, but I think this charmingly optimistic based on my experiences.

  • Trebuchet

    Patty Murray was launched toward the senate while in the Washington State legislature when a fellow legislator disparaged her as “just a mom in tennis shoes.” She rode that all the way to the US Senate.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … an “alleged switch-hitter” …

    Hmmm – where else have we seen such clever allegations?

    A good thing that Kids these days know better.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    A man who calls sitting U.S. senators “undeserving bimbos” wants to be in Congress.

    Why not? I would call Ted Cruz, David Vitter and James Inhofe “undeserving bimbos.”

  • colnago80

    Hagedorn also reveled in the type of gay innuendo you may have heard in high school courtyards in decades past. (Kids these days know better.) He referred to former Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl as an “alleged switch-hitter” and a “packer.

    What does that make fellow Rethuglican Texas Governor Rick Perry?

  • whheydt

    I really wish that the first question asked of anyone who says that he is a “conservative” would be: What is it that you are trying to conserve?

  • Chiroptera

    …who blogs as “Mr. Conservative,” where he behaves like a petulant teenager making naughty puns and displays his blatant sexism.

    So what you’re saying is he chose an accurately descriptive name.

  • busterggi

    In short, a typical ‘bagger.

  • DonDueed

    Using “packer” as a derogatory term wouldn’t go over so well with Hagedorn’s neighbors in Wisconsin. Especially Green Bay.

  • anubisprime

    Seems like a shoe in for a Republican party nomination.

    The slime from the bottom of the IQ pool the Rethugs trawl in provides them with perfect candidates to promote their ‘vision’ of America…they fit in so well with their ethical morality, which apparently is not as easy as it sounds strange enough, and the Tea baggers are especially thrilled, cos compared to their average minion this social climber has it in spades over their run of the mill rank and file.

  • lordshipmayhem

    At the moment, I’m amused beyond the capacity for rational thought.