To borrow a line from comedian Bill Murray, we're in a weird area here.
Americans are fed up with career politicians, and rightly so. The ruling class has ramped up both spending and regulations on ordinary Americans, while living the high life themselves and acting as if our seats in Congress are their birthrights.
In the process, they've nearly run this country into the ground. Both parties.
Yet, as ordinary Americans rise up to replace some of these squatters at every level of government, perhaps running for office for the first time, the media and opponents try to squash them immediately for being inexperienced or inartful, looking for any misstep or hint of a skeleton.
Note to self: Don't look for fresh blood and then blame it for being fresh.
They're doing the same thing to the Tea Party -- expecting slick, polished party operatives instead of ordinary, everyday Americans who are exercising their right and obligation to become involved in the political process, in many cases as never before.
When you trade out careerists for the kind of citizen-legislators the country's founders envisioned, at all levels of government, you're going to have to do without some amount of polish.
Americans want their candidates to be different than ever. We need to give them the room to be.
As coverage of the fall elections increases post-Labor Day, keep in mind that we've tried slick already.
May be time to try real.