It all makes sense now. The Tea party, which is the Koch brothers’ reinvention of their busted, failed Bircher movement, which is the step child of the KKK and the “states rights” Southern rage at the “war of Northern Aggression”, is based on the misinformed leading the blindfolded masses to stumble into pits of rage from which they can’t recover themselves. This is how Matt Bevin thought a cockfighting rally was a states’ rights rally.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Republican Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin attended a cockfighting rally meant to support legislation to legalize cockfighting (what better thing to stand for when you’re not hawking guns in bars? I ask you, America, isn’t this the kind of person we need in the Senate?), and later tried to worm his way out of it by declaring he thought it was a state’s rights rally. I guess cheering on two animals fighting to the death for your amusement seemed just like a “states’ rights rally”. I grant you, both feed a need best not expressed in polite company.
But it’s hard to understand how Bevin could miss that the entire purpose of the rally was the legalization of cockfighting – if he’s truly this easily manipulated, he should definitely avoid D.C.. The Courier Journal reported:
But the event’s organizer told the Corbin News Journal that the sole purpose of the rally was to gain support for legislation to legalize cockfighting in Kentucky. The newspaper reported that about 700 people attended.
Furthermore, and be warned not to read this if you’re sensitive to psychopathy (i.e. of the human race and not damaged beyond repair):
Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society of the United States’ Legislative Fund, said cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states and is a felony in 41.
He said it’s a brutal sport in which people will sometimes suck blood out of an injured bird’s throat and lungs to allow them to keep fighting.
Oh, yes. Good times, Mr. Bevin.
Predictably Mika and Uncle GOP Joe over at Morning Joe were not impressed, with Joe wondering, “I don’t know how you accidentally stumble into a cockfighting rally.” But then, Joe would do anything to help poor struggling Mitch McConnell keep his seat, so it’s not a surprise to see him jump on Bevin.
h/t Daniel Strauss at Talking Points Memo for the Morning Joe connection.
In case you’re shaking your head at the Devil’s choice between Mitch Who-Cares-About-Your-Jobs-Because-I’m-Getting-Rich McConnell and Matt Cockfighting Bevin, there is a sane person in this race who actually cares about Kentuckians. Her name is Alison Lundergan Grimes, and she talks about things that legislators should be talking about — like jobs plans and passing unemployment extensions for the people. In other words, she’s the Democratic candidate.
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