Top 5 Political Fails of the Week: Weiner Paying Supporters, Pat Robertson’s Special Gay Rings & Alan Keyes’ Liberal Vaccine Conspiracy
With so much failure it was hard to narrow it down to only 5, but this is our roundup of the worst in politics last week:
1. Medical Expert Tells “FOX & Friends” that Women Should Pay More for Health Insurance Because They Have ‘the Breasts’ and Live Longer
FOX & Friends is the absolute black hole of civilization. They proved that again this week with a segment featuring Dr. David Samadi who postulated that women should pay more for health insurance because they have “the breasts, the ovaries and the uterus.” From Raw Story:
“Look, it’s not bias, I’m not saying this as a man,” Fox News Medical A-Team contributor Dr. David Samadi told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They go through a lot of preventive screenings, they give birth, they have the whole mammogram, the Pap smear. Guys, we don’t like to go to doctors, right? Seventy percent of health care decisions are made by women. In my own practice, I see it’s the women who bring the guys, who say, go get screened.”
Samadi continued to say that women live longer than men and that’s another reason they should pay more. For their part, the team over at F&F was more than happy to agree:
“In this case, it’s not equal,” co-host Brian Kilmeade agreed. “You have a better time on Earth than we do, you’re here a lot more. You have six years of heaven, where you just have no men around.”
The three hosts of this show should not be allowed to speak in public much less on television.
2. Alan Keyes & Louie Gohmert Are Worried Liberals Are “Culling the Population with Vaccines”
Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Crazytown-Texas) interviewed former presidential candidate Alan Keyes. Keyes, who told a New Hampshire senior center they should vote for him because they all might die soon and needed to think about their legacy, explained the “liberal elite” plan to use vaccines to “cull the population.”
“A lot of people who fancy themselves elites, right, because they’ve made a lot of money, they’re names are all over the media and so forth, they’ve really signed on to an agenda that requires the depopulation of the globe,” Keyes explained. “And in the name of fighting global climatological change, called global warming — that’s proven to be something that’s wrong — they are saying that we’ve got to cut back the population of the world.”
Gohmert’s reply: “That’s a scary thought.” No, this interview was a scary thought. You can read about that here.
3. Pat Robertson Thinks Gay Men Purposefully Spread HIV/AIDS with Special Rings
You read that right. Pat Robertson told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) about the dastardly methods employed by gay men. From RightWingWatch:
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
4. The Family Feud, 2013 GOP Edition
Republicans all over the country seem to be chomping at the bit to not support each other. In Texas, Senator Ted Cruz has announced he will not endorse his colleague, Senator John Cornyn in an upcoming primary. This is a big deal because Cruz is the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, whose whole raison d’être is electing Republicans to the Senate (so much easier to reelect an incumbent). In New Jersey, State Senator Steve Lonegan may have gotten Governor Chris Christie’s endorsement but Lonegan has also announced that he supports Senator Rand Paul in the Christie/Paul “feud.” Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has been taking heat from conservative groups who are running ads against him for not doing enough to defund Obamacare. His response was perfect, he tweeted “Oh, whatever.” This caused the conservative group who ran the ads to turn their ire to the ultra-liberal John McCain. Lastly, Tea Partier and State Senator Lee Bright said his main priority is to get Senator Lindsay Graham out of the Senate and called the senator “A community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood.”
5. Anthony Weiner So Desperate He Is Paying People to Support Him
The New York Post is reporting that Anthony Weiner has been paying actors to show up at events as his supporters. He has allegedly hired the Californian based “Crowds on Demand,” that pays actors $15/hour to attend campaign functions and either be supporters or look skeptical by asking critical questions but then be won over by Weiner’s answers. The campaign denied this and released a commercial in which the campaign interns — something in short supply as with two weeks to go before the primary, they are looking for new ones — play supporters. Nice. Let this one go and come back to fight another day.
Bonus Sports Fail: Mets Hold “Byrd T-Shirt Night” After Trading Player to the Pirates
The Mets traded player Marlon Byrd to the Pirates this week, which shouldn’t be a big deal but it’s the Mets so they found a way to make it as stupid as possible. The day they traded the player was “Byrd T-Shirt Night” at Citifield and all fans received a Byrd shirt. Too bad by game time, he was no longer on the team. Seriously, Fred Wilpon? What were you thinking?
And a WIN … for Governor Bobby Jindal
It shouldn’t take a lot of courage to offer sage advice to your party but these days it does. With other Republicans falling all over themselves to pander to constituents who think impeachment is a political tool rather than a serious Constitutional crisis, it took some gumption for the Louisiana governor to say that he “reject(s) that sort of talk.” Good for you, Governor. Read about that here.
Honorable Mention to former President George W. Bush: His Painting Enters “Feline Phase”
According to Gawker:
“Bush, whose early work in nude self-portraiture quickly gave way to a long “dog period,” seems to now be moving through a natural evolution to work on cats. So far, those who have followed Bush through his artistic evolution have seen only two paintings of cats, separated by many dog portraits.”
Maybe art school could have saved us from eight years of him as president….