Originally published Friday, August 28, 2009
I read the following AP story today on the MSNBC web site.
(I include the link, but I have no idea how long it will remain active. News stories have a short life on the Internet.)
BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho Republican gubernatorial hopeful insists he was joking when he said he’d buy a license to hunt President Barack Obama.
Rex Rammell, a former elk rancher slated to run against incumbent C.L. “Butch” Otter in the May 2010 GOP primary, made the comment at a Republican rally Tuesday in Twin Falls.
Talk at the meeting turned to the state’s planned wolf hunt, for which hunters must purchase an $11.50 wolf tag.
When an audience member shouted a question about “Obama tags,” Rammell responded, “The Obama tags? We’d buy some of those.”
Rammell told the Times-News newspaper the comment was “just a joke.”
“I would never support him being assassinated,” he said.
Just when I thought the Republican party had sunk as low as it could go, lo and behold, I’m proven wrong. No matter how low the Republicans go, it appears they can always find a way to sink even lower.
Please tell me, in what universe is Mr. Rammell’s answer the correct one? Because in this universe, the only correct answer to the question of buying tags to hunt down the President of the United States of America is–You are completely out of line. Talk of hunting and killing the president is not only totally inappropriate and disgusting, it serves as an incitement to violence. I’m reporting you to the Secret Service because you, sir, are a danger to society.
Some things just shouldn’t be joked about.