The competition has been fierce already this week, but I think this has to take the lead in the category of dumbest thing of the week:
Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.
Burkman in a statement said he has garnered political support for the bill, though his statement didn’t mention any specific lawmakers who are behind it.
”We are losing our decency as a nation,” Burkman said in a statement. "Imagine your son being forced to shower with a gay man. That’s a horrifying prospect for every mom in the country. What in the world has this nation come to?”
In fact, this is so ridiculously dumb that it has to be phony, and sure enough Ben Jacobs at the Daily Beast comes up with the smoking gun:
While the lobbyist wouldn’t reveal the members of Congress who supported the bill, as specific language had not even been drafted, he did say that almost all shared something in common: They were all Republicans worried about a Tea Party challenge. Burkman told The Daily Beast he thinks “95 percent of supporters” will be Republicans facing primary challenges and therefore looking for political cover. Burkman spelled out his coalition, saying that one Senator and six members of the House were definitely on board, but that those numbers could expand to six Senators and 36 congressmen. And, of those 42, “all but one will do this politically because they have been under fire from Tea Party and far right wing element” in their states.
Bullshit, and here's why.
While there's certainly some crossover between social conservatives and the Tea Party, the priority issues for the vast majority of Tea Party types are fiscal and federal government restraint, not things like gay marriage. And certainly not something so intrusive from the federal government like a ban on gays in the NFL. That's insane. You want to know what a real Tea Party person would say to such a thing?
"Where does it say the federal government has the right to order something like that?"
That's the real deal, not the phony Tea Party that Democrats and establishment Republicans fantasize about. Which brings us to the why of all this.
After progressive Democrats, the establishment Republicans are the ones who fear and loathe the Tea Party the most. Primary season is just around the corner and a number of those establishment Republicans are facing challenges from, you guessed it, Tea Party conservatives. That makes it the perfect time to smear the challengers and you just know that with something like this, Democrats and their allies in the media can't help but jump all over it and lend a hand.
As far as I can tell it's working. But tell me, if this stupid proposal is really intended to provide cover for more moderate Republicans, where are the Tea Party candidates who have proposed something similar or are endorsing Burkman's proposal? I'll bet a six pack that neither you nor I can find one.
But why would Burkman, who seems to be a staunch conservative and Republican, do something like this?
Because he's a whore. They call it lobbyist, but what Burkman does is accumulate knowledge and power influence and then he sells himself to clients who wish to do business with the feds and/or influence federal legislation and regulations. It's probably the number one occupation in Washington D.C. I have no proof that Burkman got paid to do what he did in this particular case, but you know, whores whore, and doing it for free runs against the normal business model. Decide for yourself.