Monday, August 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

-- Michele Bachmann in today's St. Petersburg Times

In case you need don't have your Batshit-to-English dictionary handy, Bachmann is basically saying that the recent natural disasters in the mid-Atlantic states are God's way of telling Washington that he and his chosen people have had enough of big government. It seems like a waste to state the incredibly obvious, but sometimes the facts are still just mind-boggling: This woman is considered a serious contender to become the person the Republicans nominate for President of the United States.

Really, just let this sink in for a moment: the Republican candidates getting the most exposure and traction right now are a woman who thinks God is a Tea Partier who's punishing us for having a government he doesn't like, a guy who doesn't believe in evolution or the likelihood of man-made global climate change and who insists that the science behind both is somehow untrustworthy, a ranting old man who thinks America should return to the way it was in 1900, and a corporate-raiding multi-millionaire who jokes that he can understand what working-class Americans are suffering through because he, too, is unemployed.

This isn't a campaign season -- it's a Kids in the Hall sketch.

Update: In the interest of fairness, Bachmann's campaign is playing up the fact that her comments seem to have been a joke. I'm actually all for humor and I've given a pass to people who've made somewhat "controversial" jokes before so I'm not going to slam Bachmann too hard if that was her intention. I also don't want to be one of those humorless assholes who says that there are certain things you can't joke about; while I think that as a presidential candidate -- given that a hurricane was bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard and, yes, killing people at the time -- it probably wasn't the best crack to make and she certainly wasn't the person who should've been making it, she's entitled to try to be funny once in a while. That said, I'm not the only person who read the above quote, without seeing any accompanying video, and thoroughly believed Bachmann capable of being dead serious about a belief like that.


Steven D Skelton said...

Maybe God is shaking the earth and flooding the streets because He is pissed that the Republicans are about to nominate a giant fuck tard like Michelle Bachmann.

Matt said...

I have to disagree. Kids in the Hall was funny. That people take these idiots seriously depresses the fuck out or me.

Krissy said...

How can it be God's fault? I saw pictures of churches with hurricane damage.

PS I find Bachmann's last statement about the government's "morbid obesity diet" to be totally incoherent.

Marsupialus said...


You actually said something I agree with. Oh my!

Or maybe there is no fucking god and the ferocity of the hurricane is entirely man-made. You know, you warm up the ocean and you get big storms.

Chez, giving the campaign the benefit of the doubt? Really? Crazy girl is going wild again, what's the campaign to do but try to moderate her insanity.

Dan said...

If it was a Kids in the Hall sketch, Zombie Jack Layton would save the day.

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." -JL

Erin said...

If only it was a Kids in the Hall sketch, they'd all get clubbed on the heads and dragged off by Voyageurs for their valuable pelts.

Sheriff Bart said...

If you have to explain the joke, it probably wasn't very funny.

Ducky said...

You know, I looked at the quote, then at your explanation, then back to the quote. You know something? I still can't make heads or tails out of it, joke or otherwise. That shit makes no sense. Maybe I'm just that thick, or I lack a sense of humor, but not a single smile was cracked. Just a bottle of Advil. Also, I've said it before, and now I'll say it again. The Tea Party smacks too much of the Bolsheiviks and the Nazis for me to not be terribly nervous about 2012. Too much in common history-wise to ignore.