I don’t read GQ as a habit, but other people clearly do, and Kyle Smith at the New York Post has discovered that the witty folks there decided to generate a list of the craziest politicians of 2014. For those of us with an unhealthy obsession over American politics, this is no trick at all. Let’s face it… it’s a target rich field. But strangely, when GQ built up their analysis, there were almost no Democrats to be found. The crazy was stacked heavily on the GOP side at a rate of 17-3.
Seventeen out of 20 on the list were Republicans, with the only liberals being Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson and America’s reigning nabob of nuttiness, Joe Biden.
In a note appended to the story, GQ defensively said it wasn’t guilty of “standard liberal-media bias,” it just couldn’t find any loony Democrats to speak of.
I’ll give them Jackson Lee and Johnson for sure, but it’s not really fair to peg Uncle Joe Biden on that list. Joe isn’t the kind of dangerous crazy that we’re probably worried about here, mostly because nobody ever gives him any important assignments. Joe is more like that relative at the family New Years party who is always bound to say something embarrassing, but you all laugh anyway because everyone has had a few beers.
As to the Republicans who made the list, GQ has some rather interesting criteria as to the evidence cited for said craziness. For example, Rand Paul is near the top of the list. What was his crime?
Just how crazy?
Said the Obama administration going after BP because of the Gulf oil spill was “part of this sort of blame-game society, in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault, instead of the fact that maybe sometimes accidents happen.” Warned that unchecked illegal immigration would lead to a “borderless mass continent” that used a currency known among conspiracy theorists as the amero.
Really? That’s what you’ve got? Paul made no reference to “Amero” but expressed concerns over border security. Apparently that passes for crazy. The indictment of Ted Cruz is even more laughable.
Just how crazy?
Leans so far right that even fellow Republican John McCain classified him as a “wacko bird”; one of Cruz’s supporters put the nickname on a hat, and he proudly displays it in his office.
Actual thing he said:
“Twenty years from now, if there is some obscure Trivial Pursuit question, I am confident I will be the answer.”
Your evidence that he’s crazy is that John McCain insulted him. And a joke about Trivial Pursuit is the “actual thing he said” to back it up. Hey… I actually like the guy and I could have done better than that.
The list goes on from there. But the NY Post was willing to offer GQ some help in the holiday spirit and find a few Democrats who truly deserve to be on the list. Hrmmm…. where should we start?
Ah, there we go.
Compared Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to a wife-beater: “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. That is direct. But that is reality. What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch.” Wait, I’m confused, this abuse already happened, is happening but “it’s not going to happen”?
How could we forget possible Democrat 2016 POTUS contender Bernie Sanders?
Said that the VA provides “very high quality health care, period.” and that the shocking scandals surrounding it were traceable to “a concerted effort to undermine the VA” led by “Koch Brothers and others, who want to radically change the nature of society.” So that’s why the Kochs are funding all those hospitals! It’s really a roundabout way of making the VA look bad.
Please feel free to read both articles and add in your own here. I’m not saying that we don’t get some loons on the GOP side of the fence, but GQ has really taken the concept of media blinders to an entirely new level.