Bigot of the Week Award: October 19, Jason and Tommy Thompson (with a dash of Linda McMahon)

19 Oct

Bigot of the Week

This week the Wisconsin Senate campaign of Republican Tommy Thompson hit a new low. At an RNC fundraiser Thompson’s son Jason, campaigning for his father and for Mitt Romney, decided to inject a little racism into things.

[Let’s] send President Obama back to Chicago—or Kenya.

REALLY? Are the Republicans still hooked on the racist themes of birtherism? Have they no real issues to run on? Jason Thompson offered a nonpology saying that his boss and his dad were irritated with him and he is sorry if anyone was offended. Nice way to avoid responsibility for the actual racist words you said. Tommy Thompson, meanwhile, has denied that his son actually said anything offensive, despite the ample online evidence of him uttering those very words. Not too big a shock from a man who has also violated a campaign pledge to stick to issues but consistently points out his opponent’s, Tammy Baldwin’s, sexual orientation–nothing like good old racism, homophobia, and misogyny coming from the Republicans.

Not wanting to be left behind, Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon dished out some crazy this week too. (Thanks to my friend Jennifer Carey for this dishonorable mention.) Trying to pretend she’s pro-choice while placating her far-right base, McMahon argued against asking religious hospitals and employers to provide contraception. Dancing around the issue, she managed to create a whole new phrase: “emergency rape.” Nobody’s quite sure what she meant or how it differs from other GOP constructions like legitimate, honest, easy, or forcible rape. But of course words don’t have to mean anything as long as they get you votes.

10 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: October 19, Jason and Tommy Thompson (with a dash of Linda McMahon)”

  1. prideinmadness October 19, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    If/When Obama wins again I hope republicans can get over this….

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

      I wish I could share in your optimism. I fear the Tea Baggers may have forever ruined the Republican party.

      • prideinmadness October 20, 2012 at 5:39 am #

        Oh I totally agree with you. I’m just hoping they’ll shut up but that’s not like them now is it? The more I learn about past republicans the more shocked I am at how the party and those who would vote for them are from what used to be considered conservative! It’s all radical now!

        I’ve seen older republicans sit on Bill Maher’s panel and they’re talking about essentially the same stuff as the democrats that sit next to them! They agree with healthcare, tax reform in favor of the middle and lower class, reproduction rights being in the hands of women… blows my mind! This new breed….they are not good for this world….

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 20, 2012 at 7:43 am #

        Yes, it is quite sad at how the Tea Baggers have taken the Republican Party hostage and are now dominating the national discourse.

      • prideinmadness October 20, 2012 at 8:06 am #

        They’re not even that big of a group….

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 20, 2012 at 8:14 am #

        You are right. Another example of how a small loud obnoxious very rich minority can have such a huge influence.

  2. Christine Noble October 19, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Sad commentary that this still wins these bastards any points with some segments of our society.

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