2010 Election Season May Be One of the Silliest

Politicians aren't known for their humility, but South Carolina Senate candidate and Democrat Alvin Greene is in a class by himself.

The unemployed former felon wants to put Americans back to work building toy figurines of him.

"I am also the best choice for the image award next year," he says.

CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes reports that this election year was silly season. Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Democrat Frank Caprio told Barack Obama to shove it.

"I stand by my words," says Caprio.

Ohio Republican Rich Iott, who's running for Congress, used to don Nazi garb as a weekend hobby though he insists he's not a Nazi.

"This was not just something to do for fun," says Iott. "This is actually serious business."

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For some candidates, the media scrutiny was just too much. Sharron Angle, running for the Senate against Majority Leader Harry Reid, has walked away from reporters before.

Bodyguards for Alaska Tea Party Republican Joe Miller actually handcuffed a reporter for daring to ask questions. New York's Carl Paladino, another tea party standout, preferred to be his own muscle.

"I'll take you out, buddy!" he shouted at the New York post's Fred Dicker.

Who would have thought that Paladino, who called his dog his chief of staff, would be upstaged in New York's governor's debate by Jimmy McMillan, who repeated the phrase, "The rent is too damn high!"

Not to be outdone, their opponent, former Manhattan madam Kristen Davis just released an ad in favor of gay marriage.

"In other words, vote homo, not Cuomo," she says in the ad.

Then there's Democratic congressman Alan Grayson of Florida who likened former Vice President Dick Cheney to a vampire.

"Because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking," said Grayson on "Hardball."

That's nothing compared to what Grayson called his opponent in this TV ad:

"Taliban Dan Webster: Hands off our bodies and our laws," says an announcer in the ad.

It's enough to make Christine O'Donnell's denial of paganism, "I'm not a witch," seem pedestrian.

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