Countdown's Worst Persons with two teabaggers as runners up, both playing concern troll for BP. Rand Paul ran back to the loving arms of Fox News. You know he's never going to go on Rachel's show again since the evil "libruls" are calling him names.
He's ba-a-ck. After shunning the national media spotlight for a couple weeks, Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul made his triumphant return to national TV yesterday. And right away, he was back to talking about the 1964 Civil Rights Act (he says would have voted for it but claims he was "vilified" by the liberal press for having the "audacity" to bring up his issues with the law) and BP ("sometimes people are well-intentioned and bad things happen"). Read on...
And then there's Dick Armey's buddy from FreedomWorks Matt Kibbe who thinks that the largest industrial "accident" and I'll use that word lightly, is a "natural disaster". Sorry pal but there wasn't anything "natural" about it. As Think Progress noted, given where fake grassroots astroturf FreedomWorks gets their money, this should not be a big surprise to anyone.
During an interview today with FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe on ABC’s Top Line, host Karen Travers noted that the cover of his upcoming book — Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto — says “lower taxes plus less government equals more freedom.” Travers then asked, “How does that less government sentiment square with this massive government effort down there in the Gulf to contain the spill?”
In response, Kibbe was able to kill two birds with one stone: deflect criticism from BP and his own personal philosophy by saying that he expects government to act “when there is a natural disaster”:
KIBBE: Well I think if you look at what’s happened down there, it’s a sad story of government incompetence as well as negligence on the part of BP. And I think what you have to look at is when there is a natural disaster like this we do expect our government to do some things and to do them well. And the whole point of limited government is you want the government to be competent at those few things that we need it to do and this is an example where the government was asleep at the switch and there’s a series of regulations that led to deep drilling as opposed to more economical and safer options.
Rupert Murdoch took the honors for Keith's Worst Person for this.
There was a protest yesterday, attended by various wingnuts, racists, riled-up nativists, and terrified fools, of the supposed "Ground Zero mosque." (It will not be at Ground Zero, and it will actually be a community center that will include a mosque. But still.)
While national conservatives have picked up the ball, what local opposition there is to the proposed community center has been ginned up by Rupert Murdoch's New York Post -- mainly via perpetually outraged columnist Andrea Peyser, whose anti-mosque columns are regularly teased on the front page.
The entire anti-mosque campaign isn't about anything other than pure, paranoid Islamophobia. A Peyser column a few weeks ago was entirely about people in Sheepshead Bay -- some miles from Ground Zero -- protesting a proposed mosque solely because they're scared of Muslims.
Anyway, they had their protest yesterday. Mike Kelly of the Bergen (New Jersey) Record reported this heartwarming incident:
At one point, a portion of the crowd menacingly surrounded two Egyptian men who were speaking Arabic and were thought to be Muslims.
"Go home," several shouted from the crowd.
"Get out," others shouted.
In fact, the two men – Joseph Nassralla and Karam El Masry — were not Muslims at all. They turned out to be Egyptian Coptic Christians who work for a California-based Christian satellite TV station called "The Way." Both said they had come to protest the mosque.
"I'm a Christian," Nassralla shouted to the crowd, his eyes bulging and beads of sweat rolling down his face.
But it was no use. The protesters had become so angry at what they thought were Muslims that New York City police officers had to rush in and pull Nassralla and El Masry to safety.
"I flew nine hours in an airplane to come here," a frustrated Nassralla said afterward.
But don't you dare call these people bigots! Read on...
Keith should have added wingnut Pam Geller to his list with Murdoch.