Wednesday, April 17, 2013

World's Biggest Asshole Produces Assholery Like An Asshole

I'm willing to believe that some of the people in today's Republican party can be excused, to some extent, for their stupidity. Michele Bachmann comes to mind; Louis Gohmert, Virginia Foxx. There's nothing about them that suggests even a modicum of intelligence; lacking even the most basic tools for evaluating the world, they may even believe their wild-eyed claims. But Mitch McConnell, who ranks, in my view, among the most awful of politicians we have, isn't likely to be totally stupid. He just is lacking in even a scintilla of morality; to him, there's no claim, no maneuver, no act of cynical dishonesty that is off limits. He's just a smug and amoral toad.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday commemorating the Boston Marathon attacks said that some Americans have become complacent about terrorism in such a way that is reminiscent to the time before the 9/11 attacks:
MCCONNELL: On 9/11 we forever disabused of the notion that attacks, like the one that rocked Boston yesterday ,only happen on the field of battle or in distant countries. With the passage of time, however, and the vigilant efforts of our military, intelligence and law enforcement professionals, I think it’s safe to say that for many, the complacency that prevailed prior to September 11th has actually returned. And so we are newly reminded that serious threats to our way of life remain. And today again we recommit ourselves to the fight against terrorism at home and abroad.
Far as I can tell, no one had the basic reportorial skills to ask the man what, exactly, he meant by that. On what evidence he makes his claim. To which Americans was he referring, and on what basis? What measures he believes should have been taken in (I assume he means) the last five years that haven't been. And, assuming he could enumerate them (I'm guessing not), how his teabagging cohorts would recommend paying for them.

Tell me how this claim is anything but pure assholery. He's the very symbol of the worst of what politics in this country has become, as manifested with particular clarity by today's Republicans.

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