So, when I got home from the office, my Facebook feed was a-buzzin’ over an interview GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan did with a guy named John Lofton.
Well, I’m not sure you can even call it an “interview,” as it consisted of one vaguely out-there question: “What do you think is the purpose of government?"
To me it sounds like a perfect essay question for a Political Science 101 final. Anyway, it seems that Hogan disagreed with its validity - and probably Lofton's as well. He called it “the craziest question I’ve ever heard” and cut the interview short.
So who is this John Lofton guy?
According to his Wikipedia page, he is a longtime conservative activist who worked at the RNC more than 40 years ago. He then served as a columnist for United Features Syndicate in the 1970s, then as a columnist for the Washington Times for seven years in the 1980s. Later he was an adviser to two presidential candidates: Pat Buchanan and some guy named Michael Petrouka.
I had heard of Lofton prior to this dustup with Hogan, but my knowledge of him was confined solely to an appearance he made on the now-infamous Morton Downey Jr. Show in the late 1980s.
In the episode,
hosted panelists with deeply held crackpot opinions. For example, one of Lofton’s fellow panelists
patiently asserts why Ronald Reagan was definitely the anti-Christ.
Anyway, I guess the YouTube gods were with me tonight, as I found the actual episode. Lofton’s segment comprises approximately the first 12 minutes of this clip.
Lofton came armed with a folder full of research which he claimed demonstrates that Michael Jackson’s signature crotch-grabbing dance moves were a byproduct of a disease resulting from a tarantula bite.
One wonders why Lofton and his armload of research didn’t resurface at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician convicted of unintentionally killing Jackson by administering to him a lethal dose of Propofol, a powerful anesthetic rarely used outside of an operating room setting.
earlier affliction – known as “tarantism”– played some as-yet undiscovered role
in the singer’s death.
Anyway, it seems that Lofton went through a phase in which he liked attacking pop icons. Here is a now famous encounter he had with musician and native Baltimorean Frank Zappa regarding the musical labeling controversy of the 1980s.
As for his encounter with Hogan, Lofton calls it “the shortest interview of my career.”
I’m not sure you can really even call it a “career”…but I digress.
Anyway, I’m not sure why Lofton is now interjecting himself in MDGOP politics, but I think we already have enough crackpots in
circles to go around.
But, if he wants to go back to his pop culture bashing roots and hate on Justin Bieber, I'm all for it.