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Picture of rodeo clown wearing mask of Barack Obama with broom sticking out of its butt.
Encore, says Steve Stockman
Rep. Steve Stockman, who is back in Congress despite being so bad at it the first time around that even his own constituents couldn't stomach him and made him go bye-bye, wants to make sure America protects the God-given right of all his fellow rodeo clowns to put on icky little skits about the president getting "stomped" by bulls in a fun-for-the-whole-family performance that "was feeling like some kind of Klan rally." So Stockman's inviting the clown to come do the show in his Texas district, because of course he is.
“Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” said Stockman, “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between Texans value free and open political speech. […]"
Did you just compare Texas' own Molly Ivins to a mask-wearing rodeo clown with a broom sticking out of his baggy-pantsed ass? Wow. You're going to get some fascinating phone calls on that one.
“The liberal reaction is straight out of Alinsky.  They want to crush dissent by isolating and polarizing anyone who questions Obama, even if it’s a rodeo clown with a harmless gag,” said Stockman. “The idea to create a state of fear and make people afraid to trivialize Obama.  No one tried to personally destroy the rodeo clown who wore a George H.W. Bush mask.”
If we're talking about crushing dissent, you might want to take a stroll down memory lane and learn what happened when American singing groups even had the temerity to say they didn't like George H.W. Bush's dumbest son.

Personally, I do not give a rat's ass about the multiple rodeo officials who dreamt up this skit—I don't know where that opinion falls on the Alinsky-not-Alinsky measure of these things because I do not care. If this is how a certain subset of America wants to present themselves to the wider nation, well, at least they're being honest. And if Steve Stockman's intent is to show that the anti-Obama creeps of his own Texas district can out-creep any anti-Obama creep in Missouri, he can knock himself out on that one. Given that they elected Steve Stockman, for Christ's sake, I don't think any of us were really doubting their credentials.

It's not clear whether Stockman just wants the same clowns (as an act of defiance against the national anti-clown conspiracy), or the exact same skit (as an act of proving that he really, really is as icky a person as all available evidence already suggested he is). Before we dismiss the wisdom of that second idea out of hand, though, consider this: I can promise you that if a Steve Stockman-planned "Obama as rodeo clown" encore performance actually happened, the national television cameras would be there by the hundreds. That would allow Stockman to explain to us all which parts of the performance he finds particularly funny and insightful, and that, in my humble opinion, would be one of the few clown acts worth seeing.

Originally posted to Hunter on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM PDT.

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