Annals of the hilariously awful

Oh, my aching sides.

From an Op-ed penned by Edwin O. Merwin and James S. Ulmer, two GOP county party chairs, in local South Carolina paper The Times and Democrat (via HuffPo via Political Animal):
Recently your newspaper published a letter from state Rep. Bakari Sellers attacking U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and his opposition to congressional earmarks.

There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves. By not using earmarks to fund projects for South Carolina and instead using actual bills, DeMint is watching our nation’s pennies and trying to preserve our country’s wealth and our economy’s viability to give all an opportunity to succeed.
I know I should simply be horrified by this. I know. I know I should. But, sweet merciful crap, can you believe that?!?!? C'mon. That is hysterical.

Back when this blog was in its infancy (a whopping ten months ago), I wrote that I hated "Crash." A major reason that I loathe (loathe!!) that movie is that it is just beyond ridiculous in the way it depicts race relations in America today. Particularly egregious was Sandra Bullock's preposterous political wife, who shrieks anti-Hispanic epithets in front of many, many people. Nobody involved in contemporary politics, thought I, could possibly be so terribly stupid.

It turns out I was wrong.


  1. You were not wrong, however, about how much Crash bites.

  2. And I haven't read anything about this anywhere else, but I bet you a million (well-counted) pennies that someone, somewhere, defends this by saying, "But it was meant as a compliment!"

  3. It isn't that these guys think that, or say such things publicly, what I find amazing is the newspaper published it. Now I don't know about editorial policy, but is there no editorial control? If the paper had an agenda that these guys publicly hang themselves, then maybe they should have had a second editorial explaining why they printed it.


  4. Well, as we all know, playing on antisemitic stereotypes could never happen in the Democratic Party.

  5. Yay, someone else who hated Crash!

    I *hated* Crash.