For the past few months one of my Republican buddies has been telling me over and over that politics is meaner and more hostile now than it’s ever been. I’ve been countering his argument by reminding him of all the stuff the GOP said during the Clinton years. But I can’t sway him and suddenly, I’m thinking maybe he’s right. Maybe it is meaner now than it’s ever been. It’s not looking good from the examples just from this week.
“If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face.”
That’s what Republican Representative Barbara Cubin (R-WY) said to her opponent, Libertarian Thom Rankin. Rankin happens to be disabled and uses a wheelchair. He criticized Cubin for receiving contributions from former House Speaker Tom Delay.
“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. . . . This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”
That’s Rush Limbaugh criticizing Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. Rush is an expert on shameless.
“You ever see a picture of her back then? Whew. I don’t know why Bill married her.”
That’s what John Spencer, Republican challenger for the NY U.S. Senate seat said about Hillary Clinton. He also accused her of being ugly and having plastic surgery. He denies he said it to a reporter, but most reporters I know wouldn’t take the self-induced career suicide of making up quotes.
“I think I’d just commit suicide. I don’t want to face that eventuality because I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
John McCain when asked of his reaction to a potential Democratic takeover of the Senate. I recall Republicans getting upset of uber libs planning to leave the country if Bush was elected…but killing yourself?
And here’s a non-mean bonus:
“You want no pie in the sky when you die, you want something sound on the ground when you’re around.”
That’s just to let you know Don King the boxing promoter is stumping for Republican Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele. Good luck with that.