I can remember two years ago. And the candidacies of Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson were the funniest, most entertaining things on the planet. While plenty of Republicans thought either one might be a shoo-in for President, the candidates delighted in machine-gunning their own feet off.
Likewise the clown Carl Paladino, Tea Party candidate for Governor of New York. His has been a wonderfully disastrous attempt to buy the top office in the Empire State. He never seems to do much other than screw the pooch, in public, every day, day after day. And then mail pictures of the tryst to everyone he knows.
Here he is meeting with the ultra-conservative Jewish community, robotically currying favor with them, calling gays ‘perverts’:
We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts, who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn’t march in the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that’s not the example that we should be showing our children, and certainly not in our schools . . And I don’t want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn’t.
Perverts, you say? Ever heard the one about Republicans living in glass mansions?
Which of your neighbors would you say is more perverted? The gay one to your left who marched in a parade? Or the straight one to your right who e-mailed you stuff like this:
. . and this:
UPDATE: I guess Carl thought he went too far, so he apologized to the gay community. In return, the Rabbi whom he courted flipped his yarmulke:
The rabbi, Yehuda Levin, who helped write those remarks, said Mr. Paladino “folded like a cheap camera” because of the uproar they had set off. And the rabbi said he could no longer support Mr. Paladino’s candidacy for governor of New York.
So everybody hates Carl Paladino. Funny as hell.