Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 58)
The Blind Misleading the Blind Edition
week was a good week for the art of conservative idiocy. George
W. Bush (1) returns to the chart with yet another fantastic
display of smarts. That's smarts, spelled S-M-R-T-S. John
Ashcroft (2) has decided that everyone should spy on their
neighbors, but worse than that - he's singing in public. And
Tom DeLay (3) has decided that Dubya is the greatest president
that the universe has ever seen. Meanwhile Jesse Helms (6)
remains a first-class bigot, Robert Ray (8) is really trying
hard for the conservative vote in New Jersey, and Ann Coulter
(10) has decided that anyone who complains about being sent
to an internment camp is just a plain old crybaby. Ah, those
conservative idiots, how we love 'em. (As usual, don't forget
Another one for the "Most Embarrassing President" file: George
W. Bush got "very excited" last week, according to the Washington
Post, while attending the Ford's Theater Presidential
Gala. The cause of his excitement? Stevie Wonder. That would
be Stevie Wonder, the famously blind musician. Now, bear with
me here. Apparently our great president, seated in the front
row, couldn't resist attracting Stevie's attention as he arrived
on stage and sat down at his keyboard. And what's the best
way to attract a blind man's attention? As Dubya now knows,
it's not waving
at him. From the Post: "After a moment Bush realized
his mistake and slowly dropped the errant hand back to his
lap. 'I know I shouldn't have,' a witness told us yesterday,
'but I started laughing.'" Hard not to, really!
You may or may not know this but John Ashcroft used to be
a member of a Capitol Hill group known as "The Singing Senators."
That was of course before the voters of Missouri decided that
a dead guy would make a better senator than Mr. Ashcroft.
But it hasn't stopped John from singing and songwriting. Oh
no. Only last week the Attorney General busted out his latest
composition, "Let the Eagle Soar," at a North Carolina seminary.
This patriotic epic, which, according to Justice Department
sucks" can be heard here,
if you've got the guts. In a seemingly unrelated story, John
Ashcroft recently summoned a group of Hispanic employees to
his office. But instead of hearing how their boss would be
making a special effort to promote diversity within the DoJ,
the employees were asked to give Ashcroft a few quick Spanish
phrases to use during an upcoming meeting with a foreign delegation.
Oh, and then they were handed copies of "Let the Eagle Soar"
and asked to translate it. Ay caramba!
I wonder when George W. Bush is going to start walking on
water or turning water into wine? In the minds of conservative
idiots across the country, there is no limit to the miracles
performed by the Boy King from Crawford. Watching in awe and
wonderment as the righteous armies of freedom roll across
Afghanistan, Tom Delay declared
that "If we had had the leadership of a George W. Bush back
in the Vietnam War days, we probably would not have lost that
war." Riiiiight. And if George W. Bush had been president
back in 1929, the stock market never would have crashed. And
if Bush had been president in 1860, the South would have unilaterally
freed the slaves. Ah, the joys of just making stuff up.
You've got to feel sorry for the National Republican Congressional
Committee. First they gave their coveted Republican of the
Year award to convicted child molester Mark A. Grethen (see
Idiots 55). And now it turns out that one of the men who may
replace Mr. Grethen is also in a bit of hot water with the
law. Chris Hill of Sarasota, FL, ran one of the fastest-growing
businesses of 1999, according to Inc Magazine. The
problem is that Mr. Hill's business is making
bongs. Um, I mean, novelty tobacco-smoking devices. He's
facing up to 20 years in prison after being charged by federal
prosecutors in Iowa with distributing drug paraphernalia -
but remains undaunted, because his pipes are only illegal
if vendors know that people who buy them will use them
to smoke drugs. And of course, everyone knows that nobody
who buys one-hitters or waterpipes actually puts marijuana
in them. Tsk tsk. In his defense, Mr. Hill said, "I'm not
going to make pipes again. I'm embarrassed that my government
has put me in this position: They've lumped me in with some
liberal longhaired dopers. That's not the kind of crowd I
run with." Indeed, Mr. Hill clearly runs with conservative
longhaired dopers. Which brings us to the $64,000 question:
will they be able to find a Republican of the Year who isn't
into child sex or drugs? Stay tuned!
McMahon and John Ashcroft
John Ashcroft's war on terror is coming soon to a street near
you. It was announced last week that Ashcroft will be encouraging
upstanding, patriotic Americans to spy on their neighbors
and make sure they're not up to "suspicious things,"
to the Associated Press. Assisting Mr. Ashcroft in promoting
this rather McCarthyesque activity is Ed McMahon, who will
be appearing in television commercials for neighborhood watch
schemes later this year. We can only hope that the next
time McMahon utters the words, "Heeeeeere's Johnny!"
he isn't introducing your spying-ass next-door neighbor to
We were surprised to hear arch-conservative Jesse Helms announce
recently that he regretted not doing more about the AIDS epidemic
during his time in Congress. But of course, there is a caveat.
his remarks last week, making sure everyone knew that he was
referring to the epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and certainly
not to homosexuals in the United States. "If it
had extended to them, I would have said so," quoth Helms.
So, just to re-clarify: sub-Saharan Africans dying
of AIDS = not good. American homosexuals dying of AIDS = A-OK
in Jesse's book. Thanks for making that clear, Mr. Helms.
It seems that the Grand Old Party of morals and values doesn't
mind turning a blind eye to criminally sick individuals within
its own ranks (as if you didn't know that already). Judge
Ronald Kline, who was appointed by Pete Wilson in 1995, is
running for his seat in Irvine, CA, soon.
He also happens to be under house arrest for child molestation
and possession of child pornography. And if you think his
chances of re-election are slim, think again: his is the only
name on the ballot. "The man had a wonderful reputation as
a civil trial judge," said his lawyer in a statement. "He
was extraordinarily well-respected, and he brought a tremendous
wealth of experience in complex civil cases from his many
years as a trial lawyer." Well, that's okay then. Guess the
right-wing can just overlook the charges against him.
He's been out of office for well over a year now, but it seems
that the Republicans just can't let go of Bill Clinton's genitals.
The successor to Ken Starr, Independent Counsel Robert Ray,
a report last week, which (they promise) is the last, last,
last, last word on the Bill Clinton National Fellatio
Crisis. And here it is: Never mind that right-wing extremists
failed miserably in their attempt to remove Clinton from office.
Never mind that Clinton was never convicted in a court of
law. Never mind that the entire country doesn't care. The
$70 million wasted by the Independent Counsel was clearly
money well spent because, Ray said, "sufficient evidence
existed" to prosecute and convict President Clinton. So, Robert
Ray did what any good prosecutor does with a slam-dunk case:
He took Bill Clinton to court and made sure justice was done.
Oh, wait a minute... That's not what he did at all.
Ray didn't have the guts or the evidence to finish the job,
so he cut a deal and ran. In fact, he's running right now
-- for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey!
W. Bush (again)
It wasn't so long ago that Dubya had barely any recollection
that he ever even met a man called Ken Lay. On the
one hand it's not that hard to believe - after all,
he forgot the entire Second World War a couple of weeks ago
(see Idiots 56). But on the other hand, it's becoming more
and more apparent that George is telling fibs. Last January
he made the laughable claim that Ken Lay supported Ann Richards
in the Texas gubernatorial race in 1994, and that he didn't
get to know Lay until after that. So if that's the case, what
was he doing working with Ken Lay all the way back in 1986?
As David Corn reported in The Nation last week, Dubya's
doomed-to-failure Spectrum 7 oil company had two business
arrangements with Enron back in the mid-80s. And while Mr.
Lay can deny to the heavens that he knew Dubya back then,
don't you think you would know if the Vice-President's
son was working with your company? Hmmm. Memories like sieves,
these multi-millionaire corporate executives.
And finally: Miss Coulter is back in action this week, this
time with a novel way of attacking Democrats. Her target of
choice in FrontPage Magazine was Norman Mineta, Dubya's
transportation chief. "Let the record reflect that among
President George Bush's dazzling team of advisers, the only
stink-bomb is the one Democratic holdover from the Clinton
Ann. Why? Because he is "burning with hatred for America."
Huh? Well, apparently, Ann reasons that because Norman was
sent to an interment camp during World War II, he holds some
kind of grudge against the US. So she decides to make fun
of him. Apparently Mineta once said, "I remember on the 29th
of May, 1942 when we boarded the train in San Jose under armed
guard, the military guard, I was in my Cub Scout uniform carrying
a baseball, baseball glove and a baseball bat. And as I boarded
the train, the MPs confiscated the bat on the basis it could
be used as a lethal weapon." Coulter's response? "Good
God! A guard took Mineta's baseball bat as a child, and as
a result he's subjecting all of America to the Bataan Death
March! Someone please give him a baseball bat." Um, Ann
- he was being sent to a freakin' internment camp.
Have you no shame? Um, stupid question I guess. See you next
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