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Less than halfway into his second term, Maine Governor Paul LePage is so over governing his lame state full of lazy drug addicts and loser student protesters. In a town hall in Lewiston Wednesday, he told the crowd he can hardly wait to blow off his shitty job, either by getting a job with the Trump administration, or if he has to, by running against Sen. Angus King in 2018. Either way, he has pretty much had it with doing his current fucking job, because nobody fucking appreciates him.

Or if you want to get all technical about what he actually said, it was,

“I said earlier if I’m not into the Trump administration, I will be running against Angus King, yes,” LePage said in response to an audience question, according to WMTW. “Now, don’t tell my wife. She hasn’t said ‘yes’ yet.”

Aw, the little woman. She Who Must Be Obeyed. The ol' ball & chain. Isn't it great how he relates to women with his homespun wisdom about how the wife thinks she's the boss of him? Not that he's really pussy-whipped of course; Paul LePage will do what Paul LePage damned well pleases.

LePage also took the opportunity to gripe about the state legislature's override of his veto of a bill that allows pharmacists to dispense the anti-overdose drug naloxone, or Narcan, without a prescription. He claimed it was a bad bill because it would leave emergency responders open to lawsuits if they administered the drug to someone who still died. That's a completely different objection from his original veto message, in which he said "Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose,” a comment that his many enemies twisted unfairly to portray him as a heartless, soulless rat bastard who didn't give two shits for addicts' lives. Not true at all -- LePage simply doesn't see the point of delaying addicts from the one final cure for their addiction.

In any case, LePage's comment about lawsuits is similarly chowderheaded; or as the Portland Press Herald put it more diplomatically:

LePage’s comments indicated a misunderstanding of a key aspect of the bill [...]

But the bill provided clear immunity from lawsuit both to pharmacists who dispense the antidote drug and to individuals who administer naloxone “to an individual whom the person believes in good faith is experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose.”

Also, the town hall was briefly interrupted by several college-aged protesters who silently stood up and held signs reading "LePage: Maine’s Shame,” identical to one of the two terrifying signs that prompted LePage to flee a building dedication at the University of Maine Farmington.

In what surely required a superhuman act of courage, LePage this time managed not to lose his shit, and continued the town hall after the students were escorted out. He didn't even call for any of them to be beaten. So, rarely is the question asked: Is our wingnut governors learning? Maybe he's pushing for an ambassadorship.

[Boston Globe / Portland Press Herald Image from WMTW video]

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