This has been the most contentious election season here in Ohio in recent memory. Both sides (albeit mostly the ‘pubs) have run ads of dubious truthiness. A candidate has been attacked as being gay-like, and has been forced into court to defend his choice of residences. Another has been ridiculed for a fictitious 12-year-old tax bill. Yet another was cast in a remake of the infamous ‘Willie Horton’ ads from Bush Sr.
And yet, just when I think that our candidates have hit the bottom of the barrel, someone puts another barrel underneath it.
Senator George Allen (R-Va), a notable racist, sexist, anti-semite (disparaging even his own Jewish ancestors) and bigot, was giving a speech at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Va. As he was leaving, a blogger asked him a question along the lines “Why did you spit on your wife?”, referencing speculations about what is contained in his sealed divorce records. The question was, perhaps, a little direct.
He was dragged to the ground by three of Allen’s staff.
Dragged to the ground. I can understand a ‘No Comment’, or pretending he didn’t hear the question (that is a popular one for W), or even letting loose like a drunken sailor. But having your staff drag a man, a constituent even, to the ground for asking a question, is barbaric.
This story in no way mitigates the behavior of our own animals.
I just wanted to put it all in another perspective.