Can Omar Navarro Defeat Maxine Waters?

With Rep. Maxine Waters under fire from even members of her own party, it seems like a good time to take a closer look at Omar Navarro, her Republican opponent who so far has received very little support from his party. When I interviewed him last summer at Politicon in Pasadena, he struck me as sincere but uncharismatic and too serious for our times. After all, the unintentionally hilarious Waters grabs headlines almost daily with her outrageous antics. I told Navarro he needs to counter with his own brand of theatrics, and I proposed a campaign slogan (“A chick in a thong, you can’t go wrong”). He politely nixed my suggestion, and has since run a staid campaign. But there’s still plenty of time for him to misbehave enough to captivate the electorate. Donna Brazile, who spoke at a conference for black female legislators in Alabama last weekend after Waters pulled out due to alleged death threats, reportedly told the audience, “Don’t be afraid of trouble.” It’s advice Navarro should take from Brazile if not me.