I’m reprising a weekly roundup I have done in the past at Daily KOS and All Things Democrat titled The Idiots and the Oddities. It’s a look at some of the more standout ridiculous, ironic, and borderline lunatic statements from the the right.
When the Tea Party infested politics, it emboldened every missing link and failed genetic experiment to come out of the woodwork and foist their particular brand of insanity upon America. They don’t even pretend to think anymore:
Gay Marriage Bad, No Marriage Better
Let’s start with Idaho Republican state senator, Steve Vick, who thinks he’s found the way to fight marriage equality – don’t let anyone in Idaho get married.
“Another potential avenue that I’m exploring is just eliminating marriage licenses in Idaho.
I have discussed it with just a few people, I don’t have a bill drafted or anything. I have discussed it at some of the town halls I’ve been at. It actually seems to be fairly well-received. In my opinion, if we’re not allowed to determine the standards for a marriage license, then maybe we should just not issue them.”
That’ll go over big. Lest you think he’s bouncing around all alone in that rubber room, his pals in Oklahoma are are right there with him, as CBS/Houston reports:
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to ban all marriages in the state, if only as just a move to keep same-sex marriage illegal while satisfying the U.S. Constitution.
The consideration is backed by a bill filed by state Rep. Mike Turner, R-Edmond, who says that he and other conservative lawmakers agree that government regulation of marriage altogether is a topic for debate, KWTV reports. Turner acknowledges that the move would keep same-sex marriage illegal, and allow it to navigate around a recent ruling that same-sex bans are against federal law.
“[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner told KWTV.
The Right’s Big Thinkers
I’m guessing you could probably count those constituents on one hand. Louie Gohmert, a guy who actually was dropped on his head as a baby, had this to say recently:
Yeah, I hear that a lot, don’t you – right after they call Michele Bachman a genius. Speaking of Her Geniusness, Bachmann is hoping her post-Congress career will include “a position at a think tank”. She actually said that. I’m guessing the only position she’d qualify for would be cleaning the tank, but she can dream, right?
From Phyllis Schlafly, a woman I keep waiting to hear has been put in a home, comes this gem:
“There are all kinds of diseases in the rest of the world, and we don’t want them in this country. And it’s Obama’s job to keep them out. Letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people” is “the most outrageous” thing Obama has done in his presidency.
Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional. He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.”
I know it’s not polite to speak ill of the dead, but I’ll make an exception in Mrs. Schlafly’s case: She is one nasty, hateful old biddy. Some of the most unhinged comments about this president have come out of this woman’s mouth, most of them bordering on dementia.
About Beauty, By the Beast
On to New Hampshire, and State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt who had this to say about incumbent Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster:
“Let’s be honest. Does anyone not believe that Congressman Annie Kuster is as ugly as sin? And I hope I haven’t offended sin.”
Another Palin Whine
And finally, after Alaska’s version of the Clampetts got into that throwdown at the hoedown, Bristol Mae took to her blog to complain about the coverage of the incident. After telling her version of events, she writes:
This is what I don’t understand. I have mostly stayed out of the public eye for the past few years. I clock in and out of work – yes I actually have a job – like most middle class Americans and chip away at making my son’s life just a little bit easier. So why does the media still choose to put the Palins into an entirely different category of people?
Yeah I know, it cracked me up too, that “chip away” bit especially. Most single Mothers don’t get paid speaking gigs for abstinence after they’ve done anything but abstain, or invitations to DWTS, or their own reality show for that matter. And I’m not sure how doing a non-wife version of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (yet another vulgar reality show) constitutes “staying out of the public eye”. Bristol Mae has complained in the past that:
“Most of what the media reports about our family is complete garbage.”
I think what she meant to say is that the media are constantly reporting what goes on with her trashy family. (By the way Bristol dear, your family is in an entirely different category; it’s just the people aspect that’s still under debate.) That’s the idiots and oddities for this installment.
Have a good week folks.