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A Tie For This Week's BOW Award!

Let's begin this week's BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award entry with a hypothetical.  Say you live in a Congressional district in a large swing state, one in the south, perhaps one with a history of complicated and contentious elections.  Say you're a Democrat, but the district is heavily Republican and so you've really never even considered a political career.  You're a successful businessman, and really that's just fine with you.

But then fate intervenes.  The six-term conservative Republican Congressman who has been representing your district and making a name for himself as a crusader against child abuse and for "family values" turns out to have been exchanging suggestive emails with teenaged male Congressional pages.  He resigns in disgrace, and recognizing an opportunity, you pounce!  You're elected to the House of Representatives and immediately have to start fundraising and making a name for yourself in the House, because you just KNOW that the Republicans are going to want this seat back, and given the conservative makeup of the district, reelection is going to be tough.

Given all those things, don't you think it would be wise to keep your pants zipped, at least for a little while?  Don't you think it would be prudent to avoid ANY sort of misstep or moral lapse that might give your constituents reason even to consider voting against you?  Don't you think you could manage to go two years -- less actually -- without tomcatting around like a horny seventeen year-old?  Well, of course you do, gentle reader, because you have a brain in your head instead of in your dick. 

Unfortunately for Democrats everywhere, the same cannot be said for Representative Tim Mahoney, Democrat of Florida's 16th Congressional District.  Not only did Mahoney have an affair with an aide, not only did he then fire her and reach an agreement to pay her $121,000.00 in what can only be called hush money, but apparently this was not his only affair.

Now there are other acts of buffoonery to consider this week.  John McCain has completed the sale of his soul to Satan by employing the same firm that savaged him during his 2000 race for the White House to smear Barack Obama with so-called "Robocalls" -- automated telephone calls that in this case are spreading all sorts of lies, baseless attacks, and guilt-by-association innuendo.  This after promising that he would never use robocalls in his campaign.

No BOW Award post would be complete these days without a nomination for Sarah! Palin, who said earlier this week while campaigning in North Carolina, that she loved visiting "pro-America areas of this great nation."  Here's the whole quote:

"We believe that the best of America is in the small towns we get to visit, and in the wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation.”

By "pro-America" she seemed to mean "pro-McCain-Palin" because in her mind the two are synonymous.    She'd probably be surprised to learn that there are plenty of people in big towns and cities in this country who think of themselves as "very patriotic."  I'm CERTAIN that there are people who are voting for Barack Obama who consider themselves "very patriotic."  Unbelievable.

And yet this week Sarah! was out done by Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota, who took Palin's disgusting jingoism even further, venturing into McCarthy territory.  Bachmann was on MSNBC with Chris Matthews the other night, and she began by saying that she was afraid that Barack Obama held "anti-American views."  She then said that "the people Barack Obama has been associating with are anti-American, by and large."  "By and large"?  Okay, I suppose one could say that Obama has an association with Bill Ayers, who was violently anti-Vietnam War 40 years ago.  That sort of qualifies.  But who else?  And before anyone on the right DARES to say Jeremiah Wright, let me remind you that the man is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has devoted his life to preaching the gospel and helping the poor.  You might not like things he has said about this country, but he has earned the right to speak his mind.  And as someone who has been known to criticize the leaders and policies of my government loudly and passionately, I can tell you that such criticism is born not of hatred for my country, but of love for it; of my understanding of how great it can be and my despair at seeing it, at times, fail to live up to its promise.  Patriotism is not blind devotion to one's nation right or wrong; it is loving one's country enough to want to do whatever one can to make it a better place.

But back to Michelle Bachmann.  No she wasn't finished.  Here's a transcript of her exchange with Matthews as related by David Neiwert on www.crooksandliars.com :

Matthews: How many Congresspeople, members of Congress are in that anti-American crowd you describe?

Bachmann: [Deer in the headlights]

Matthews: How many Congresspeople you serve with -- I mean, there's 435 members of Congress --

Bachmann: -- well right now --

Matthews: -- how many are anti-American in that Congress right now that you serve with?

Bachmann: You'd have to ask them, Chris, I'm focusing on Barack Obama and the people he's been associated with --

Matthews: But do you suspect that a lot of the people you serve with --

Bachmann: -- and I'm very worried about their anti-American nature.

Matthews: Well, he's the United States Senator from Illinois, he's one of the people you suspect as being anti-American. How many people in the Congress of the United States do you think are anti-American? You've already suspected Barack Obama. Is he alone, or are there others?

Bachmann: [Deer in the headlights]

Matthews: How many do you suspect of your colleagues do you suspect of being anti-American?

Bachmann: I would say, what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look -- I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the people would love to see an expose like that.

There it is, folks.  The ghost of Joe McCarthy rears its ugly head in the form of a not-too-intelligent Congresswoman from Minnesota.  "Are they pro-America or anti-America"?  And who will be the judge of this, Congresswoman?  You?  Are you so perfect in your patriotism that you can be the arbiter of who qualifies as "pro-America", whatever that means, and who does not?  My parents used to talk to me about McCarthyism all the time, because they never wanted America to forget what happens when questioning our nation's policies and leaders becomes "un-American."  This woman, this so-called public servant, would dare to suggest that someone -- ANYONE -- is less "pro-America" than she because they disagree with her on matters of policy and politics?  She is calling for a witchhunt, plain and simple, and she risks unleashing forces she can't possibly understand all for the purpose of scoring cheap political points.

This week's BOW Award goes to two members of Congress for displaying two entirely different types of abject stupidity:  Tim Mahoney (D-FL) and Michelle Bachmann (R-MN).  Take a BOW, both of you; you've earned it.  I look forward to seeing both of you voted out of office on November 4.


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Oct. 18th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
She has a crush for all things Bush. What do we expect? He's been pushing the 'with us or again us' line for years. Michelle should buddy around with Coulter. They have so much in common.

Now, I have to go Google my neighborhood to see if I live in a Pro-America place or not. Might have to move....

Mahoney: What a maroon. The funny thing about people who get even a little power is they think it makes them above the law and somehow invincible. He wasn't a very helpful congressman anyway and the adultery was bad enough, but the payoffs? Like a bad novel.
Oct. 18th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
I definitely live in a pro-America state. But I don't like living here very much, so I guess that makes it clear what kind of American I am.
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
No kidding. I live in such a pro-America state neither candidate even bothers to poll any of us. And it's just asking for trouble to put a sticker on your car or a sign in your yard that's NOT McCain/Palin.
Oct. 19th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Aren't you in NC, Misty? NC is major big-time battleground this time around. And we might just win it.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
No, darling. I live in South Carolina. The land of Republican milk and honey.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh. Apologies and condolences (though SC is quite beautiful).
Oct. 18th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
The Alaska State Trooper and Moose Hunting Federation has been notified. Please stand in front of your house waving your Karl Marx flag and a bus will be along shortly to speed you away on a luxurious 'vacation'.

Wow, 538 has your state going for McCain +14. Don't leave the house much eh? ;)
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Amazingly, Georgia is trending "pink" this election. Senator Saxby Chambliss (don't get me started) is finding it a tough slog and he's always been an automatic check in the box.

Now if the Dems can keep those trousers zipped and get some work done, maybe things might improve. It's my hope the Republicans can find their way out of this minefield, embrace some of their founding principles and suggest that those who are far too right wing go start their own damned party, thank you very much. When William Buckley's son endorses Obama and then is tarred and feathered for actually using his brain, it's time for a complete reboot of the Grand Old Party.
Oct. 19th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I actually think that if Obama wins this election (and I'm not nearly ready to declare victory yet) the GOP is going to implode. I think that the Hagel/Olympia Snowe wing of the party will go one way and that Palin/Falwell/Dubya wing will go another.
Oct. 19th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's going to have to split. Too many mainstream Republicans are appalled at what their party has become. The Democratics need to watch this shift with a wary eye and look to their own house, as well. They're just as capable as imploding, as you put, as the Republicans.

I just have worries that the divisions that have been sown over the last few years are not going to heal after the election. Us vs. Them. Good lord, this is not the America I remember.

Oct. 19th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
The Dems could implode, too, particularly if Obama somehow loses this election. But if he wins, the Dems will be all right for a while. Victory does amazing things for morale.
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
McCain selling his soul to Satan? That's a little far. Just because some loonies on either side are doing stupid things (like wearing teeshirts that say "Palin is a c--t!" at Obama rallies), doesn't meant it is ok to go that far as well. Reel it in.

Secondly, I largely agree with the BOWs this week. Not so much as the comments about Sarah, but that is just me.

Oct. 21st, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I don't typically get involved in political discussions online, but this time I've got to make an exception. madkestrel mentioned this post t'other day and tweaked my interest.

Michelle Bachmann scares me. After reading this trancript I can't help but wonder what rock she crawled out from. Where ever it was, I hope she is returned there, posthaste.

As for McCain selling his soul- just this weekend I wondered what deal with the devil he'd struck, or just why the body-snatchers decided to get involved, because the guy I've seen this summer and fall is not MY John McCain.

Just a few thoughts from an independent voter.

Edited at 2008-10-21 05:11 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, B. Yeah, Bachmann scares me, though apparently she's now in some political trouble. Since her interview with Matthews her opponent has raised over a million dollars and political analyst Charlie Cook has changed the rating of her relection campaign from "safe Republican" to "toss up" She picked the wrong year to channel Joe McCarthy....
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