Politics I’m Sorry, So Sorry
posted by October 17 at 14:27 PMon
So last week I said something stupid during a video interview with a college journalist in Philadelphia. There’s this Green Party candidate in the Casey/Santorum race—or a Green Party candidate that had been in the Casey/Santorum race, I should say—who was allowing himself to be used by the GOP. His entire campaign was financed by rightwingers and friends of Rick Santorum. The Green is, ostensibly, a lefty, but he was willing, as so many Greens are, to be a tool of the right. For context on the race, check out these posts at TPM Muckraker and DailyKos.
Now, anyone doing anything that might help keep Santorum in the Senate pisses me right off. That’s my only excuse for using an image that was, well, violent and uncalled for and disrespectful while discussing Romanelli. Here it is:
Carl Romanelli should be dragged behind a pickup truck until there’s nothing left but the rope.
Today blogger Michael Petrelis slapped me around for making the comment. And rightly so. It wasn’t kosher, and it was especially disrespectful of the memory of James Byrd Jr., a black man who was lynched in Texas in 1998 by being dragged behind a pickup truck. Here’s Michael Petrelis:
While the GOP has to put up with the ranting of Ann Coulter, the Democrats are blessed with gay journalist Dan Savage, whose weekly sexual advice column runs in many alternative newspapers. Savage is so keen to elect a Democrat to replace the truly nutty and homophobic Rick Santorum, he advocates violence against a Green Party leader in Pennsylvania and Green voters.
For the record: It was a stupid, shitty thing to say. And I would like the record to show that I did a very un-Coulter-like thing on October 12 before anyone beat me up for saying it: I withdrew the crack and apologized for it. From a Slog post on October 12:
You know, I just got off the plane and I haven’t watched the video. But here’s the diff between me and Coulter: I regret using that truck metaphor, and didn’t mean it literally, and it was in poor taste, and I regret it.
Jeezuhs, never have three Hoegardens before someone points a camera at your face. But the Green in the race there is scum, and should be slapped—just slapped—and slapped hard. Not literally, though. No violence.
Wait a minute… did I apologize or did I just “regret”? And were my regrets posted prominently enough on the Slog? They weren’t in their own post, just attached to another post in a comment thread. So that’s why I’m writing this post…
I’m sorry about that comment, and I regret it.
But I still hate that Romanelli bastard. And, hey, if I am Ann Coulter’s “political twin,” as Petrelis claims, how come I don’t make the money she does?