Sunday, March 1, 2015

Move Over Mitt's 47% Gaffe .... There's a New Asshole Comment in Town....

So apparently, the latest Iowa (honestly American media, when can we stop pretending that a bunch of Iowa hick's views are representative of the whole country?) straw polls have Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leading, even besting ol' Jebbie Bush and his growing crime-family-financed juggernaut of a political machine.

But as fickle, wingnut fate would have it, Scotty boy went to the annual CPAC convention this past week, an event that The Gadfly envisions as being something akin to all of the chimpanzees in all of the zoos in the country being confined together in one ginormous, open cage where the agitated primates just spend a few days plucking gobs of poo from their sphincters and flinging it all over the place -- because that is what they do best when in numbers.

Anyhow, Scotty boy, not so unlike 47% Mitt, actually wasted no time, and it appears deliberately so, in stepping on his own very small dick in an attempt to appeal to the poo flingers in attendance.

Let's allow Esquire blog's inimitable Charlie Pierce to describe it:

It's easy being a goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin when you can cower in your office, hide behind your capitol police force, have people with inconvenient signs or singing inconvenient songs hauled off in restraints, handpick your audiences, make up O'Reillyish tall tales of your time in the combat zones of Oconomowoc and Pewaukee, and are blessed with a pet legislature full of people who are even further off the right edge of the world than you are. But, Scotty, when other conservatives are saying you went too far at CPAC -- which is a standard that, until yesterday, I thought utterly impossible to meet -- well, that's welcome to NFL football, lad.
In case you missed it, here's what Marquette's most prominent drop-out since the late Maurice Lucas had to say yesterday at the annual festival of bowties and entitlement on the banks of the Potomac.
"If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world," said Walker, wearing his sleeves rolled up, referring to his high-profile face-off with public-employee unions.
Breathtaking, isn't it? He didn't "take on" anyone. He was the invisible man when 100,000 of his constituents came to call. He did everything he could to suppress the free speech rights of said constituents. And, with the abject cowardice and buck-passing that has marked his entire public career, Walker trotted out a sacrificial spokes-drone to "clarify" what he meant when he compared the chanting of middle-school teachers to bloodthirsty barbarism.

"Breathtaking" is Pierce's nice way of saying disgustingly fucking vile.  For Walker to equate a good many citizens of his own state --- police, firefighters, teachers, public works workers, state workers, and any other working man or woman who is part of a union --- to the Islamic extremists ISIS, is quite simply beyond The Gadfly's ability to fathom.

And sadly, but not surprisingly,  the conservatives at the CPAC conference cheered this guy's speech, in all of it's cynical, gutless and smug glory.

The Gadfly has been saying it for years -- The Gadfly is much more fearful of the threat posed to his liberty and way of life from the right wing conservatives in this country than he is of a bunch of hoodlum, AK-47 toting goat herders scurrying from cave to cave in the mountains of Afghanistan.


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