It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
For those who missed Thursday’s post, I have exhausted my supply of fails for Congress over the debt, so don’t expect any for some time. Instead, this week’s fail was brought to you by left-wing super PAC Progress Kentucky, whose sole raison d’être is to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Many of you may not be aware that McConnell is married to Elaine Chao, who was Secretary of Labor under then-President George W. Bush, as well as the first Asian-American woman to head a Cabinet department. Now tell me which fact in that sentence sticks out in your mind when you read this Progress KY tweet:
This woman has the ear of @McConnellPress – she’s his #wife. May explain why your job moved to #China!
Isn’t #job a more effective hashtag than #wife if you’re trying to drive up viewership? But I digress. The tweet – posted on Valentine’s Day, ironically enough – has since been deleted, and Progress KY has issued an apology to Chao. Of course, that was after 12 days of backlash, and a particularly terrible response to accusations of race-baiting from executive director Shawn Reilly:
Progress Kentucky strongly denies that the organization has engaged in any such thing. [McConnell campaign manager Jesse] Benton’s statements are an attempt to divert attention from the fact that Mitch McConnell has engaged in the selling of the American middle class overseas for decades.
You know what else diverted attention from that fact, Shawn? The damn tweet. When I first read about it, I was immediately reminded of this, which in turn reminded me of this. But never this, which may or may not have been what Progress KY was really going for. They made it rather difficult to tell.
It amazes me how often people, especially in politics, don’t reflect on how the public at large will react to something they say or do. If there’s a possibility that they’ll construe something as race-baiting, it’s best not to say it. Intent is important, but ultimately you are responsible for not overshadowing your own intent and giving anyone a chance to run with what something sounds like. Not to mention making people who don’t normally like McConnell, present company included, feel a bit sorry for him.
Also: Is Benton’s name familiar? He was the political director for former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-TX) 2012 presidential campaign. What the hell is he doing with McConnell, a Republican who is arguably “establishment?” Besides the money, I mean.