In the U.S. Senate contest in Illinois this year, Republican candidate Mark Kirk is being propped up American Society of Anesthesiologists. The ASA has made over one hundred thousand dollars in independent expenditures to pay for materials sent through the mail to promote Representative Kirk’s campaign.
What makes anesthesiologists more qualified than anyone else to decide who ought to join the United States Senate? Well, they do make a lot more money than most Americans.
Other than that, anesthesiologists know an awful lot about putting people to sleep. They don’t talk to patients very much, but they do specialize in preventing people from perceiving the reality that’s all around them.
So, what are we to make of the funding of Mark Kirk’s Senate campaign by the American Society of Anesthesiologists?
Is the message that Mark Kirk would be the right senator for people who are good at putting other people to sleep?
Is the idea that Mark Kirk needs the help of people who know how to prevent people from noticing obvious problems?