HOUSTON—One sunny afternoon in Pearland, the Democratic Party’s nominee for her district’s seat in Congress stood on a street corner singing in a sweet voice, “Obama’s nuts!”
The candidate cheerfully sang her protest ode to one of her supporters holding a sign telling passing motorists, “Pull over to impeach Obama.” Every few minutes somebody did, sharing disdainful opinions about Obama and encouraging the Democratic candidate who likens her party’s presidential nominee to Adolf Hitler.
“We’re dealing with a president who is set towards going toward thermonuclear war and who is a killer,” she explained.
Anybody who thinks every Democrat is crazy about President Obama has never met Kesha Rogers, who won the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 22nd congressional district of Texas. As a follower of Lyndon LaRouche, whose devotees are often likened to members of a cult, she offers apocalyptic forecasts for the future if the president remains in power.
“The idea of Hitler and Tiergarten Four was that any person who was not fit or qualified for life, life unworthy of life, if you were too old, too crippled, too ill, you weren’t fit to live,” Rogers said. “That’s what Obama’s health care policy was based on.”
Rogers’ name appears on the ballot this year for the second consecutive election year, representing the Democratic Party in a solidly Republican congressional district. Her chance of winning office is almost non-existent in the district once represented by Republican stalwart Tom DeLay. Only a jaw-dropping political miracle would allow her to defeat incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Olson.
Her presence on the ballot is a distracting embarrassment for local Democratic Party leaders, who’ve had a hard time recruiting candidates to make a long shot run for Congress in the district.
“Kesha wants attention,” said Steve Brown, the chairman of the Ft. Bend County Republican Party. “She’s looking for a platform to advance the LaRouche campaign, to try to impeach our president. Obviously, she’s not an electable candidate. Unfortunately, we can’t seem to get rid of her in Fort Bend County.”
Democratic activists considered launching a campaign telling people to vote against her, but they worried confused voters might cast ballots against other Democratic candidates with similar names. So after she won the party’s primary, they decided to just ignore her and encourage straight- ticket voting.
“It is a race that she can’t win without any money, without any grassroots base,” Brown said. “And she has neither.”
But her anti-Obama message resonated with voters in her district. Drivers seeing the “impeach Obama” signs and banners held aloft by her supporters honked their horns, yelled encouragement and took pictures with their cell phones. Every few minutes, one of them pulled over and picked up some literature.
Rogers isn’t at all surprised.
“No,” she said “More people realize what’s at stake for the nation right now and they’re looking for leadership. And they want to know what’s going on. They want to know who has answers.”