Thursday, October 10, 2013

Is "foot in mouth" disease covered by Obamacare? If it is, Brenda Barton may want to sign up. Soon.

By now, pretty near everyone who pays attention to the insanity that is Arizona politics is aware of State Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Not My District {Whew!}) Facebook post that compared President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler, one of the most reviled figures in world history.

From her FB page
The story exploded in Arizona and nationally (here, here, here, and here, among *many* others).

In response to the furor her post generated, Barton released an "explanation" of her post.

I put "explanation" in quotes because her words were less an "explanation" than a denial that her words meant what they mean, a rationalization of her post, saying that while it didn't mean what everyone thinks it means, that it was merited, and a spewing of unsubstantiated talking points and outright lies.

Some have called on her to apologize and/or resign, but I don't expect either to happen.

Her legislative colleague, Sen. Don Shooter, terrorized a school and he didn't resign in shame, and as repugnant as her words and sentiments are, they are still just words.  If one R isn't ashamed of terrorizing a school...

As for the resignation, one would have to have a sense of shame, of recognizing uncivil behavior, to even consider that.

And Barton?  Let's just say that no one has ever accused her of being overburdened by shame or civility.

From her Facebook feed on August 15, in support of a rodeo clown who wore an Obama mask at an event in Missouri -

Of course, she's not the only Arizona Republican with a fetish about equating Democrats (or maybe just anyone who dares disagree with them) with Nazis.

Now, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is likening the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to Nazi Germany because it dared to sue over one of the lege's many anti-abortion bills (at the :50 second mark or so) -

One silver lining to Montgomery's spouting off? 

It blows up the theory that he is a more polished version of his predecessor, the disgraced and disbarred Andrew Thomas.

At least, it gives lie to the "more polished" part of the theory.

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