Monday, December 01, 2014

Are The Republicans Finally Learning Something?

Big news over the weekend. Elizabeth Lauten, a GOP staffer for a Republican Congressman, made a snarky mean-girl FaceBook post about the Obama daughters acting like the teenagers they are at the yearly "pardoning of the turkeys" ritual.

When the backlash happened, she immediately issued one of those non-apology apologies that the GOP is so good at -- "I'm sorry if you took offense at my words", etc. etc. And then, when that didn't mollify the critics, she "resigned" her post. You know, Republicans never get fired -- they just "want to spend more time with my family" or some such nonsense.

Look at that FB post again. "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar." I'd like to point out that we are talking about a couple of kids here, not the Bush Twins, who were notorious for entering and drinking at bars when they were nineteen-year-old semi-adults, and who were asked to leave Argentina because their wanton partying had become an embarrassment to the United States. In fact, that whole post could have very easily been about the Bush Twins. Read it over again but with "Dear Jenna and Barbara" in the salutation, and see if you agree with me.

I took a lot of flack for my relentless posts about the Bush Twins on this blog. Apparently White House children are supposed to be totally off limits.

Harry Truman took a bit of flack when he fumed at a critic of his daughter Margaret's musical ability, "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!"

And Margaret Truman was an adult when that happened.

Let's also not forget that Rustydick "Pimple-ass Draft Dodger" Limbaugh will go down in infamy for his comment about 12-year-old Chelsea Clinton being "the White House dog".

He never apologized for that, not even the patented Rethug "sorry that you took offense" apology-that-is-not-an-apology. Which shows that the more money you have, the more money you can raise for The Party, the less responsibility you have to shoulder when you say stupid stuff. Poor Elizabeth Lauten didn't have the cash or the clout, it appears.

So back to the question: Are they finally learning something? No.

1 Comment:

Katy Anders said...

And you know, it just occurred to me... Beyond the fact that it is completely unacceptable to go after a President's daughters... the event this woman didn't believe was being taken seriously enough was the pardoning of the turkey, right?

I don't think they're learning anything.