Sometimes there are slow news days. Washington Examiner commentary writer Joe Gehrke must have had the slowest of his life yesterday.
Bill Maher, a comedian who donated $1 million to President Obama's superPAC, attacked the only Republican member of the Congressional Black Caucus while describing the GOP as "the party of the apes."Guilt by association is a great trick to give bloggers something to blabber about -- the blabbering looks pretty shallow, though, when there isn't actually an association. Take, for example, the media pants that were crapped when Rick Santorum funder Foster Friess joked on CNN that back in his day, birth control was a woman holding an aspirin between her knees. Yeah, maybe he and Santorum share ignorant, unfair views on health care, but it's not fair to attack Santorum for taking money from an asshole. Assholes give money to everybody.
The idea that the blame for our government's dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horseshit and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, "The Rise of the Party of the Apes."
Or take Allen West. Seriously, take him to the padded cell and give him 20 CCs of the high test. Ornstein and Mann start off their Post op-ed by noting that recently Rep. Allen West said that there are "78 to 81" Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. And not one Republican said, "Allen, come on. You're making us look dumb."
The liberal comedian... targets Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., as his proof that "the apes" have taken over the GOP... Maher's indirect description of West as an "ape" -- a term historically used to denigrate black people as subhuman -- would undoubtedly provoke cries of racism if a conservative figure, such as Rush Limbaugh, made such a remark about a Democratic member of the CBC.