Saturday, October 10, 2009

Right to keep and bear stupidity

Republicans in Florida are taking potshots at cut-outs of their sitting Democratic Representative, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and of Muslims.

Organizer Ed Napolitano defended the gathering, as well as the use of posters of what appeared to be gunmen with traditional Arab head scarves as targets. “That’s our right,’’ said Napolitano, president of the Southeast Broward Republican Club. “If we want to shoot at targets that look like that, we’re going to go ahead and do that.’’
Ed, baby, everyone grants your right to be an asshole. It's a right that most Americans exercise at one time or another. Your right to be stupid, ditto - good to see you exercise it when talking to a reporter, not merely in the privacy of your own home.

But, babe, you're in politics. Politics has to be fun, and if blowing away paper tigers on your gun range (how brave!) is fun, well, whatever turns you on.

Still, you're trying to convince voters to support your candidate. You just blew that in a big way.

One more observation: This is the sort of small local controversy that Fox would fan into a large national scandal if only it helped a Republican. Since it helps a Democrat, expect it to disappear off the wire with little to no further attention.

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