Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ike Skelton shocks constituents with his potty mouth

Via Prime Buzz, a live mike caught Rep. Ike Skelton (D) saying "so stick it up your ass" as he departed from the podium in the House of Representatives. His comment was directed at fellow Missourian, Todd Akin (R), who had previously objected to hate crimes legislation attached to the defense bill under debate.

In the clip, you can watch Sean Hannity chastise Skelton for his lack of civility. A quick google search did not reveal a similar clip of Hannity commenting on Cheney saying "fuck yourself" to Senator Leahy on the Senate floor back in 2004. More from Prime Buzz:

Hoping to score some political points, Tom Erickson, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, called his “profane comments...yet another example that he’s losing touch with the values of his district.”

Yes, no doubt, the expression "stick it up your ass" is never heard in Missouri's 4th congressional district. Not in the state capital, where business is regularly conducted in a way that Miss Manners herself would approve of. And certainly never at Whiteman Air Force Base, where the keepers of one of America's premier killing machines would never dream of sullying the purity of their purpose with dirty words.

Given that the disputed amendment to the Defense bill was expanding hate crimes to include people attacked because of their sexual orientation, some might find an extra degree of menace in Skelton's choice of words directed at a homophobe. But careful observers of the political discourse in this country already know that, to the anti-gay rights crowd, the greatest indignity to be suffered is to have something shoved down their throats, not stuck up their asses. Think about it.

For the record, I'm ambivalent-leaning towards disapproval regarding hate crimes legislation due to First Amendment concerns. And I think the most exciting provision of the defense bill is that we are finally killing the F-22.

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