Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On the evolution of Republican discourse…

...regarding Patty Murray.

"Dang me, dang me, they ought to take a rope and hang me, hang me from the highest treeeeeeee, woman would you weep for me."

Former US Rep Rod Chandler, debating then State Senator Murray in 1992.
"How many of you have watched the movie Lonesome Dove? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd? What happened to Jake when he ran with the wrong crowd. He got hung. And that's what I want to do with Patty Murray."

An anonymous voice from the podium of a "tea party" event in Asotin County.
I remember Patty's supporters sporting mini-nooses on their lapels after Chandler's Roger Miller impression. Might be time to break 'em out again. It could be an effective way to point out the underlying extremism of the Tea wing of the Republican Party.

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Blogger Carl said...

It's pretty amazing where you can have a newscast where a "Geld Obama" sign wasn't the craziest thing to happen. What is wrong with people?

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Some of - maybe most - the Tea Baggers get too wrapped up in that quote by Thomas Jefferson, wherein which the great man said how the tree of liberty needs to be refreshed with the blood of tyrants, every so often. They forget that the third president of the United States said that, when a country - England - wouldn't allow the freedom of its colonies; so taking up arms was the only possible route to freedom.

They also forget - or maybe neglect is more proper - that if they don't like Senator Murray, all they have to do is field a viable candidate and work like bloody hell to see him or her win. Of course, it's always easier, lazier too, to just talk about grabbing a gun or a noose and pretending to be an extra in that Mel Gibson film, "The Patriot."

As the man who stages this website will tell you, political campaigns are really hard work, and most of the time, much less glamorous than another film of note, "The Candidate."

Note: "The Candidate, written by Jeremy Larner, a former speechwriter for the late Eugene McCarthy, is still, an excellent primer for those who would get trulu involved in politics. It came out in 1972, but it still holds up, with fine performances, by excellent actors at the top of their game.

11:30 PM  

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