May 15, 2010

Idiot of the Week: Brad Goehring

Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District in California, Brad Goehring, more than deserves this week's "honors." This is what he wrote on his Facebook page:
If I could issue hunting permits, I would officially declare today opening day for liberals. The season would extend through November 2 and have no limits on how many taken as we desperately need to “thin” the herd.
I'm willing to acknowledge that Mr. Goehring may have been exaggerating for effect and that he did not necessarily mean his statement literally. But in the current political climate, I believe that his statement reflects extremely poor judgment, even idiocy.

Political disagreement is a good thing, especially when it leads to productive discussions about complex issues. Both sides may have something of value to contribute, assuming they are willing to do so. This sort of violent rhetoric should have no place in American politics and should be called out whenever it appears. If it would end political careers, as it should, I suspect it would disappear fairly quickly.

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