STORY #1: Contents are inflammatory
After two terms of being the de facto President of the United States, former VP Dick Cheney probably considers himself uniquely qualified to predict that President Obama will lose the 2012 election. Considering that Obama has crafted a far more comprehensive domestic policy in just over a year than former President Bush/Cheney did in eight years, not to mention a more politically palatable foreign policy (to most people, anyway), I can’t say I share that sentiment.
But this is the kind of talk you can expect from CPAC – not the Canadian Parliamentary channel that nobody watches, but the Conservative Political Action Conference, where former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) also accused Obama and Co. of having “failed the American people” for focusing too little on the economy. (O RLY?) He had a good zinger about donkeys, so I’ll have to give him props for that. Nonetheless, it’s not his place to say that the American people consider Obama a failure.
STORY #2: Now this is anti-tax
“Disgruntled?” He flew a place into an IRS building over unreasonable anger over having to pay taxes like everyone else, and the best description you can give him is “disgruntled?” How about “domestic terrorist?” Luckily, that crash only resulted in his death, which is perhaps the most poetic justice I’ve ever heard of.
I’m not blind to the fact that plenty of people point to taxes as the reason behind any anti-government sentiment they may make. But if anyone would like to make excuses for this one, well, they can just forget it. My fear is that this will result in a copycat effect unlike anything we’ve seen in months. This is why crazy people should have their access to the air cut off.
STORY #3: Worst. Excuse. Ever.
“[Jake from Lonesome Dove] got hung. And that’s what I want to do with [Sen.] Patty Murray [(D-WA)].” You’d take this as a desire to asphyxiate a U.S. senator, right? But the woman who said this, Tea Party organizer Dianne Capps, said she was taken out of context, and really meant that she wanted to “hang Patty Murray, by vote.”
That’s akin to saying “Well, when I said ‘Let’s shoot her,’ I didn’t mean with a gun. I meant, let’s shoot her . . . with conservative principles. In her soul.” Never say anything that requires a denial of malicious intent.