I need our collective brains to help me create a list of embarrassments to the Democrats

The Democrats are kvelling about Todd Akin.  Indeed, at the New York Times, one enterprising writer has put together a list of a handful of Republicans who hold views that are outside of the mainstream (or who articulate arguably valid views in invalid ways).  A cartoonist has also put together a crude cartoon that shows a doggy crate in which the RNC will hide “unsightly reminders of your party’s past.”  Here’s what I need from you:  help putting together well-sourced evidence showing that the Dems have some people of their own with views outside of the mainstream, not to mention an unsightly past.  My memory being shaky, I thought I could use help from the collective knowledge that is the Bookworm Room.

Here’s my start:

Teddy Kennedy is one of the unsightly past winners.  It was bad enough that he was cheating on his wife, but he made it worse when, probably under the influence of alcohol, he drove off a bridge, walked away from the car leaving a young woman in it, and then forget to get help for her.  Mary Jo Kopechne took several hours to suffocate in the cold and dark.

If we’re counting dead Democrats, there’s the Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops, Sen. Robert Byrd.  (This article from Slate, written in the wake of Byrd’s death, is fascinating, because it manages to make a bloodless recitation out of what ought to be an appalling insight into the Democrats’ past.)

There’s Hank Johnson, currently representing Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, who was worried that overpopulation could cause the island of Guam to tip over.

Maxine Waters represents California’s 35th Congressional District.  She’s responsible for quite a few gems that put her outside of the American mainstream.  A short list includes (a) her deep and abiding love for Fidel Castro; (b) her demand that the U.S., 149 years after slavery ended, give reparations to this generation of American blacks; (c) her insistence that the CIA created the crack cocaine epidemic amongst American blacks; (d) her devout wish that the Tea Party go “straight to Hell,” and (e) the fortune her family made off the political perks she sent their way.

And then my memory fails me.  I’m sure that there are more serving Democrats or deceased “lions” who have advanced views or engaged in conduct that, in a normal world, would get a column in a major American publication anxious to show that the entire party is a collection extremist nut cases.


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  • jj

    There’s an uphill struggle.  A party that’s not only accepting of an actual madwoman like Nancy Pelosi, but puts her in charge – who or what do you think you’re going to find that would embarrass them?  What leads you to conclude they – or their devoted voters – are capable of being embarrassed?

  • Charles Martel

    I’m with jj, Book. Yours is a quixotic quest at best. Most Democrats are incapable of feeling embarrassment at the antics of the morons, racists, and manslaughtering adulterers they’ve voted for over the years. Besides, the media sycophants wouldn’t touch such a list with a 10-foot Chris Matthews.

  • http://bigfoodetc.blogspot.com Marica

    John Edwards pops in my head. And so does some Texas state congressman who once said when debating whether to declare English the official language of Texas, “Having read the Bible, if English was good enough for our Lord Jesus Christ, it’s good enough for the Sovereign State of Texas.” Oh wait, he was probably Republican.

    Point is, I’m inclined to agree with jj & Charles. Idiocy knows no party line & some folks have no shame. 


  • Mike Devx

    ‘Tis aimed at the Independents, not at the Democrats.  You’re right, the Democrats CAN’T be shamed by their Roundup of Rogues.  They rely on everyone’s short term memory to forget the past, and to believe that anything they say THIS WEEK represents the absolute truth.   Never mind what they said LAST WEEK.  God help you if you remember anything they said a few months ago.  They rely on you not paying attention, and especially they rely on you not remembering.

    But all the propaganda is aimed at those middlin’ Independents, who really don’t pay attention to much of anything political until after Labor Day.  Only then does their attention slowly escalate into November.

  • Libby

    I think you’d have an easier time compiling a list of normal, boring Democrats:
    Barney Frank – Gay brothel run by his boyfriend out of Frank’s DC residence.
    Gerry Studds – 1983 Congressional page scandal/relationship with 17yr old male page.
    Chris Dodd – Countrywide loan scandal (vacation home in Ireland)
    Jim Moran – History of assaults (including his wife, a Catholic priest & 8 yr old boy) as well as MBNA scandal
    Anthony Weiner – Tweeted nudie pics to co-eds.
    Alcee Hasings – Impeached from Congress for taking bribes.
    William Jefferson – Took bribes and hid ’em in his freezer.
    Patrick Kennedy – Assaulted airport security (woman) and DUI in early a.m. where he claimed he was “on his way to a vote”
    John Corzine – “Lost” over 1 billion of MF Global’s investor’s money.
    Charlie Rangel – Failed to declare all property on tax return and other financial shenanigans.
    And….Bill Clinton – for lying under oath, accusations of sexual assault and rape, and “pardon-gate.”

  • Charles Martel

    Libby, here’s why some of the names on your list may have no traction:
    –Barney Fwank: Born gay, therefore unable to control his urge to let boyfriends run brothels. Even when they commit felonies, gays are pwecious.
    –Charlie Rangel: Black and colorful (in a non-GOP, non-racist sense). His skin is equivalent to shields at maximum on the Enterprise. Cannot be touched.
    –William Jefferson: Ditto, although he is less colorful than Rangel. 
    –Bill Clinton: Also black.
    –Patrick Kennedy: Member of the greatest family evuh in American political life. Besides, he didn’t drown anybody. 
    –Anthony Weiner: Protected by the remarkable luck of having a name that even a D-Lister like Kathy Griffin could make fun of. Hard to stay pissed at a man who has generated so many laughs.

  • http://furtheradventuresofindigored.blogspot.com/ Indigo Red

    Conservative Republicans and other normally sane people would find of what Democrats say and do as out of the mainstream. The problem is that Democrat Liberal don’t interpret anything another D/L says as at all odd, unless they suddenly agree with a C/R.

    “If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the government’s ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees.” Bill Clinton 8/12/93 speech.

    “I believe that gays and lesbians deserve the same rights as homosexuals.” Rev, Al Sharpton, 2002

    “But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job — I mean, since she’s been grown up.” Teresa Heinz-Kerry on former teacher and librarian, Laura Bush

    “A zebra doesn’t change it’s spots.” Al Gore in 1992 attack on Pres GW Bush.

    “He’s been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building day-care facilities. And these people are extremely grateful.” Sen Patty Murray on Osama bin Laden.

    “I was embarrassed to wear it.” Sen Diane Feinstein on wearing American flag pin.

    “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to gons or religion…” Barack Obama.

    “Well, the good news is our emissions are way down because of the recession.” Claire McCaskill 3/28/2011 

    “We used to have the best infrastructure in the world here in America. We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad.” Barack Obama 9/22/2011

    “Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” VP Joe Biden 12/19/2011

    “Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable.” Sec of State Hillary Clinton 1/25/11, 18 days before Mubarak’s gov’t fell

    “I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously.” Barack Obama. Jared Monti was killed in 2006. On 6/23/2009, he was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.

    “What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.” Nancy Pelosi, 7/28/2011

    Democrats and Liberals see absolutely nothing amiss with any of the above and tend to agree wholeheartedly without the slightest question as to sense or veracity.



    You need a conscience to feel embarrassed.

  • JKB

    You aren’t suppose to say it but a certain Democrat has talked openly about redistributing the wealth.  Just google up “Obama redistributing wealth”.  He lamented the SCOTUS didn’t bring about redistribution.  Those are accepted ideas for the Dems and the left but pretty radical for the average American

    Eric Holder spoke, as Attorney General, about helping “his people”

     There are far to many examples for Nancy Pelosi.  Such as Nancy Pelosi says, “Quit your job we’ll provide healthcare.” – YouTube   

    Now I realize these are funny uncles in the Democrat party but they are an embarrassment.  Well, maybe not to Democrats.  What do you do when the crazies are running things? 

  • JKB

    “aren’t” funny uncles

  • Michael Adams

    I am no expert, but I am pretty sure that the word is kvetching, rather than kvelling.
    As for embarrassing Democrats, it’s not possible.  However, making fun of them is a bit like  blog trolling; it bogs them down in defenses.

  • Caped Crusader

    None better than Albert Arnold Gore, who lectures everyone else on the Spartan life and doing without to save the planet, while consuming 20 times the fossil fuel and other commodities than the average Amrican. But HE is special and DESERVES it !!

  • Danny Lemieux

    Marica, that quote about English being good enough for Jesus is an urban legend. It was probably created out of thin air by Dan Rather, the same “journalist” who claimed that Texans were holding parties when JFK was shot.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Maybe this task would be more manageable if these “embarrassments” were categorized. For example, “misuse of the English language” (Obama’s “corpsman” and many other remarks); Geographic ignorance (“Obama’s “Austrian language” and “57 States” remarks); Plagiarism (Joe Biden’s use of British Lefty agitator Neil Kinnock’s speech, Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren’s famous indigenous “Pow Wow” Cherokee crab omelette recipe); Sexual perversion (uh…oh…needs its own hard drive to store information); Tax evasion (another long list)…. 

    I think the value is not to use this to argue with Democrats (who really do not have shame, as several have pointed out) but to point out the differences between Dems and Repubs to people in the middle. The Dems are always good at pointing figures at the errors made by Republicans (for example, Dan Quayle’s “potatoe”) but a list of Democrat perfidies goes a long way to keeping things in perspective.

  • http://bigfoodetc.blogspot.com Marica

    Thanks for the heads up, Danny. To explain away my ignorance, I’ll just comment that last session, someone in the Mississippi legislature really did introduce a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico the “Gulf of America” because, you know, Mississippi is in charge of naming large bodies of water (that technically speaking it doesn’t even border). So… can I be excused for thinking the English-Jesus quote was real? 😉

  • Libby

    The problem with this kind of list is that Dems have not values, so they will tolerate all kinds of misbehavior so long as they vote the right way. I think the worst example of this is Clinton and the various Kennedys are held up as champions of women’s issues while being quite despicable to women, wives and lovers alike. Not mentioned above, Congressman Joe Kennedy divorced his wife of 12 yrs and secretly had the Catholic church annul it despite having children with her (it was reversed). Gary Condit was sleeping with a staffer, and when she disappeared, he withheld details about his last contact w/her, etc., which likely hindered the investigation (she had been murdered in a DC park).
    Then there’s the category of just crazy/unstable that includes 9/11 truther Cynthia McKinney, Sheila Jackson Lee (we must end the discrimination of not giving hurricanes African-American names!), and Maxine Waters (let’s nationalize the oil industry!). But we know why these pols are untouchable.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Libby,  think that you do highlight a hilarious disconnect – namely, a DNC convention claiming an RNC “war on women”, with a Democrat Party defined by such party luminaries as Clinton, Edwards, Kennedy (plural) and (infanticide supporter) Barack Obama.

  • Libby

    Republicans should just respond to the war on women disconnect with a question: Who would you rather your teen/college age daughter intern for? If they’re so great for women than you’d no doubt trust them with your own (female) family, right?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Libby….Zing! I will use that. 

  • jabster

    Remember when Hillary Clinton told us all that we’re fooling ourselves if we think skin color isn’t part of our character?