Did you hear the one about the Te Party group in Pennsylvania that joked about kicking the sitting president in the crotch? Or the Pennsylvania GOP chair who compared supporters of President Barack Obama to the mentally disabled?
In a matter of just 48 hours the conservatives of the state have managed to provide not just one but two examples of what constitutes “humor” among their followers.
Pennsylvania Tea Party group “Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit of 1776” sent out an email rewriting an old “insert terrorist here” joke, replacing Abu al-Zarqawi or Osama Bin Laden with Obama. The “72 Virginians” joke not only not-so subtly plays up the “Obama/Osama” exchange that has been the lynch pin of Fox News and its ilk for years, but allowed the writer to take a few apparently poetic liberties, too, such as James Madison “kicking him in the groin,” a phrase that is exchanged in and out with “dropping a large weight on his knee” in other versions.
The group claims that as a result of the email they have been the subject of a “coordinated effort,” by people who want to “take away your freedom in a heartbeat.” They also say it is ridiculous that the joke upset people, since it has been around for two years. A Free Republic thread shows that is true, with follow-up comments calling the president a “li’in Kenyan” or saying he will “tax aspirin 100% because it’s white and it works.” The Tea Party group says the joke is funny because “it plays into the theory that Obama ‘may be a Muslim.'”
While one Pennsylvania Republican calls Obama a “Muslim” another GOP leader in the state called anyone who supports him mentally disabled. But don’t worry, that’s just a joke, too. According to The Political Wire, Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey said the following at a post-primary party:
“There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.'”
His audience thought it was hilarious.
Racism. Xenophobia. Making fun of the mentally disabled. That’s just good joke fodder in the GOP.