(When The Curmudgeon hit upon his “Nitwit Politicians” idea it was supposed to be a three-part feature, and then, while he was writing those three parts, he came upon a fourth, so it became a four-parter and then a five-parter and then a six-parter and then a seven-parter and finally an eight-parter, all of which he finished and posted, a new piece scheduled to appear on this site every day for eight days, more than a week ago. Now, he has a ninth nitwit – and it’s not even that Montana candidate for Congress who body-slammed a reporter the night before his election: that one’s too easy, plus, he’s not a nitwit: he’s a violent idiot who belongs in the World Wrestling Association, not the U.S. Congress. But congratulations anyway, Montana voters: you showed what you think of such behavior by rewarding it with a two-year term in Congress. For now, though, this is intended to be the last “Nitwit Politicians.”
At least for now.)
Meet Trent Franks. Franks is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Arizona’s eighth congressional district.
Last week, as noted above, a candidate for Congress physically assaulted a reporter who had the audacity to ask him a question about perhaps the most important issue Congress is addressing at the moment: health care. Representative Franks has a theory about who is responsible for that assault:
I have said and stand by the notion that the left has created a polarization and kind of a violent, confrontational attitude for several months now in any sort of political gathering of any kind.
Yes, the liberals made the Montana candidate pick up his opponent and slam him to the ground and punch him.
Because conservatives have never been confrontational.
Not when they launched their tea party, modeled after a violent event in colonial history, just because a black man was elected president and before he even had a chance to do something – anything – they didn’t like.
Not when they threatened Democratic members of Congress who wanted to do something about health care eight years ago.
Not when their standard-bearer in last year’s presidential race called his opponents vile names, repeatedly vilified anyone who opposed him, and urged his supporters to engage in acts of violence against those opponents – and who, as recently as last week, shoved aside the head of another country who was standing in his way rather than politely, like any civilized person might, saying “Excuse me.”
Not when their radio talk show hosts rave incoherently about non-existent conspiracy theories, things that never happened, things that people never said, proposals that were never offered, and crimes that were never committed.
And not when the voters of Montana made it clear that such acts of violence are absolutely fine with them by electing Hulk Hogan to represent them in Congress less than twenty-four hours after he executed a pile-driver on a reporter who just did what reporters are supposed to do and ask him a pretty simple question.
No, it’s the liberals who’ve created the atmosphere of confrontation and violence that permeates our culture these days.
Trent Franks is a nitwit.