Jonathan Pelto wrote an astonishing piece about the re-election of Governor Paul LePage of Maine. He won last time in a three-way race and had the same good fortune this year. Maine has no run-off.

LePage has made a series of insulting remarks about others, but corporate America supported him.

A few examples:

“After taking office in 2010, LePage refused to attend Maine’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast. When the Maine NAACP complained, he told them, on camera, to “kiss my butt.”

“During his first term, LePage vetoed legislation raising Maine’s minimum wage to $9 per hour and pronounced that he wanted to lower the legal working age from 16 to 12.

“LePage also vetoed a bill that would have expanded access to health care for the people of Maine and another that would have expanded Medicaid coverage to 70,000 of the state’s low-income residents.

“As an outspoken supporter of the corporate education reform industry and the expansion of privately managed, but publicly funded charter schools, LePage told Maine students, “If you want a good education, go to private schools. If you can’t afford it, tough luck. You can go to the public school.”

“LePage publicly opined that President Obama “hates white people.”

“And LePage compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Nazi Gestapo.”

Why do people vote against their self-interest?