Just when you wanted to believe that with the Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks and Michele Bachmanns still on the loose in full voice, nobody could top them with dumber-than-dumb political trash talk. Well, someone just did, and so much for the career of an Illinois Republican county chairman named Jim Allen of the unheralded village of Farmersville, Ill. (pop. 723) in downstate Montgomery County. (If you've just pulled out your Rand McNally road atlas, Farmersville isn't that far from Divernon, Ill.)
Allen, beset by troubled reaction from GOP higher-ups, including National Chairman Reince Priebus, resigned in the wake of his comments that Erika Harold (shown here), a former Miss America running for congress in the Republican primary, was a "street walker" supported by her "pimps" among Democrats and moderate Republicans.
Limbaugh settled for "slut" in recklessly ill-defining Sandra Fluke's off-hours behavior.
But when guys like Priebus are so openly annoyed by one of the party's official enablers that he called Allen's behavior "inexcusable'" and "not to be tolerated, you know that the ex-county chairman exceeded what's left of the levels of decency for the party's alleged brand. Allen recanted with an apology, but you know how those things go these days.
But Allen did earn a citation from Grumpy Abe otherwise known as the Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award. Somehow, I still don't feel it fits the slanderous crime by this party operative.
Oh, Allen also accused Harold of being a notorious "RINO" - a Republican in Name Only. But as they genuflect to a Tea Party culture, isn't it a bit of a stretch to refer to any of them as a Republican?