Paul LePage went third person to talk about his reelection chances


Paul LePage has some thoughts about Paul LePage and also polling. ( Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

In a radio interview this week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage discussed his boycott of the upcoming NFL season and whether the state should take away the children of drug users who won't go to rehab. And, oh, yes: He also referred to himself in the third person while dropping some polling data real talk on the listeners of WVOM.

That last one is why we're here. The third-person thing. Because come on, man. Obviously.

According to the Bangor Daily News, here's what LePage said when asked about the state's gubernatorial race:

"The governor does not agree [that it's a tight race]. … The governor says that he's either going to be blown out by a landslide or he's going to win by a landslide. …The Maine people are either going to throw me out or take me in wholeheartedly, but I don’t think this is going to be close."

Wow. A lot to unpack here. First of all, it's wonderful to have another entry in the Paul LePage Greatest Hits Collection. And props to Paul LePage for going off on the polling in the race while also not actually sounding like someone who is confident about his chances. Well done, all around.

But even if his effort does end in defeat, LePage can be proud that during this campaign, he has joined an elite third-person club. Other members include:

* Rob Ford

* Ron Washington

* Bob Dole

* Tiger Woods

* Kanye West

Is Sarah Larimer saying that Gov. Paul LePage is the Kanye West of Maine politics? Hey man, Sarah Larimer is no expert. Sarah Larimer will let you make that call. Sarah Larimer is just saying: Do not be surprised if LePage starts calling himself an arbiter of taste, too.

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.

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