Monday, April 11, 2011

Let's have a moment of silence for poor Iowa

WHAT MUST LIFE be like in Iowa to wake up each morning, turn on the radio and be told that Michele is back in town. Michele Bachmann, that is, the Minnesota congresswoman who is doing her part to move the Hawkeye state closer to a theocracy that she defines as freedom and liberty and such. Most recently, she again took on Planned Parenthood, now effortlessly describing it as the "LensCrafters of big abortions."

We can't be sure how that will go over with the execs at LensCrafters and whether they would rather that Michele drop her metaphors on a rival company. You can fairly ask why she chose an eyeglass company over, say, the "General Motors of big abortions" or the New York Yankees. Now we're beginning to make a little sense. Besides, what are big abortions, anyway?'

Poor Iowa, where there are some very nice people who don't need all of this silliness for the many months leading to the Republican presidential caucuses. They already have Rep. Steve King, whose dumb utterances arrive daily like the bong-bong of a grandfather clock. He will be remembered many decades from now as the fellow who said that if the government had followed his advice to abolish the IRS, one of its buildings wouldn't have been standing in February 2010 to tempt a crazed pilot to crash into it.

Nothing to be gained by mentioning that Mike Huckabee is working on another tent revival to carry him through the caucuses now that he has explained that he was misunderstood when he cast president Obama as a Mau Mau. Wanna bet that there won't be flyers tucked under automobile wipers on caucus day repeating Huckabee's original idea?

And it has to get worse before it has any hope of getting better. Donald Trump is scheduled to speak to a Republican Lincoln (!) Day dinner in Iowa in June. Will the thrice-married developer be inclined to speak on family values? Or will he still not have exhausted his mad crusade to expose Obama as, what? A darkly tanned Siberian?

Again, poor Iowa. The state deserves something better - and there's no chance that it will get it.


Mencken said...

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it".


Mencken said...

Rick Santorum, not wanting to be left out the Tower of Babel Glee Club, said this about health care:

“Think about how they view you,” he told the crowd of Republicans. “They view you no different than the drug dealer views the little kid in the school yard. They want to get you hooked, they want to get you dependent. They want to get you relying upon them for your wellbeing. And once they’ve satisfied you, giving them that drug, that narcotic, then you’ll be reliant on them and, by the way, you’ll also be less than what God created you to be.”

Grumpy Abe said...

What Santorum doesn't tell you is that his caring God would also want less fortunate people to be healthy, too. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania voters caught up with his gibberish when he ran for reelection and properly creamed him.

Anonymous said...

Iowa is already gone. Missouri seems to be next in the Republicans rush towards theocracy.

JLM said...

Good God.
It appears that all the GOP's 2012 presidential candidates thus far are graduates of Ringling Brothers Clown College.

Trump. For the love of God, Trump. I recall when Hair-Boy first made it big on the scene in the Eighties with his "Art of the Deal" tome. I couldn't stand him then. It was when the media culture began taking wealthy, corporate slugs and turning them into folk heroes (Iacocca). Now they're doing the same with GOP/FoxNews talking heads and these dense Tea Party women.

And Mencken, you remember what Egregious said about using the Nazi comparisons. It was a cheap and easy shot.

I wonder how he felt about Beck using them constantly?