While Josh was writing that rich, white assholes are complaining that to be called a teabagger is akin to calling a black person “nigger,” I was looking for examples of white people showing their racist thoughts outwardly in the mainstream media. And guess what! It took me less than five minutes!
Over at Talking Points Memo they’ve got a story about the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.). We like Grayson. He’s a little nuts, but he speaks his mind and — this is the crazy part — he can usually find an objective fact to back up what he says (except that time he was on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” when he talked out his ass on some stuff).
I digress. Here’s Navy veteran and former airline pilot Dan Fanelli telling Florida that he supports racial profiling. This is not a joke.
My favorite part is when he calls himself ripped. Humor FAIL.
And then there’s this ad:
The only good thing about the message here is that the soundtrack may be by Lalo Schifrin.
Finally, Fanelli has an ad with a doctor telling an old man that he can’t get medical treatment because he’s passed the age limit. You know, death panels! Because they’re real! Guess: Old people in Florida are shitting themselves at the Fanelli ads. Because — and this is just the experience of having grandparents who voted for Perot — old people believe everything fringe candidates tell them.
The only good thing about the racism, fear-mongering and fucking horrible human being-ness of Dan Fanelli is that he’s running against Grayson who will totally not back down from any weird shit Fanelli throws his way. In fact, this whole ad campaign was probably designed to be outrageous because Grayson himself is a little bonkers.
That being said, there’s no excuse for a person like Dan Fanelli getting to Congress. There’s no excuse for Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) either, but that’s another post for another time.