Meet Andre Bauer, the latest Republican jackass to have a Freudian slip of the tongue. Bauer is the current Lt. Gov. of South Carolina (yes... That South Carolina) and is in the process of running for the Governorship. It seems as if South Carolina has a tag team trio of idiots - Mark Sanford, Joe Wilson, and Andre Bauer. Some believe that Bauer could have other ambitions, and may be interested in running for President or VP in 2012.
From the AP
At a town hall meeting Thursday, Bauer, who is running for governor in his own right now that Sanford is term-limited, said:
"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that." Read full report
Bauer tried to explain himself to Politico, but i'm having a hard time buying any of it. Maybe it's just me, but I decoded his comments as not only an attack on the poor, but as an attack (in a roundabout way) on minorities. He's in a State that's roughly 1/3 Black and where racial divisions are still very evident. So it's not as if these were innocent comments in a vacuum....with no context. I also found it interesting that he made the comments with the crisis in Haiti as a backdrop - one of the largest relief efforts certainly in the history of North America. Just a coincidence that he made these comments with Haiti in the news all day and night? Maybe so. But it's a strange coincidence. I'm sure he was focusing on local politics and local issues in South Carolina, with his eye on the Governors office.
But even if he was referring to the situation in his State or in the lower 48, doesn't he know that a growing number of his Conservative voters now fall into the "poor" or "needy" category? Many were plunged into "poor" status at the hands of his fellow Republicans (Oh how soon they forget in Massachusetts). Doesn't he have a clue that an increasing number of White Suburbanites...many of whom are Republican... are dealing with hunger and are turning to food banks and public assistance? (Hear the NPR Hunger Series). Hell, I work with some of these folks everyday. The Republicans could kill their children, and they would still lean Republican. There isn't a damn thing that I or anyone else could do to get them to like Obama.
It boggles the mind to know that these are the kinds of politicians (Wilson, Bachmann, Palin, Bauer, etc) who are Representing the Republican Party and who American voters feel comfortable with.
Where are all of the critics who tried to paint Obama as elitist? Will they do the same for Republicans? Probably not. But Republicans will continue to be credited for being more in-tune with the "little guy" or the average struggling American (a lie of course).
Writer and Veteran Gordon Duff had an interesting take on Bauer's comments - see here.