Wednesday, December 23, 2009


The Ultimate Poe?

There was a caller to C-Span, during a spot with Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), that expressed fear that those who heeded the call by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), widely interpreted to be referring to the ailing Senator Robert Byrd, that:

"What the American people ought to pray is that somebody can't make the vote tonight," he said. "That's what they ought to pray."

... might have been misinterpreted by God, who mistakenly struck down Senator Jim ("Intertubes EPA Gestapo") Inhofe of Oklahoma instead, since he missed the cloture vote on the health care bill.

It has been pointed out that Sen. Barrasso did not seem to blink an eye at the suggestion by the caller that Sen. Coburn intended for Sen. Byrd to die but, charitably, that may have been stunned silence ... at least we can hope.

It turns out that the caller may be a Poe, since a person with a very similar voice also called C-Span back in April in a segment with David Brooks. As TPM put it:

Both calls had a certain prankish, over-the-top quality to them. The caller to Brooks said he was at the Jekyll Island Club -- a very high-class location in Georgia -- but sounded more like a caricature of an unsophisticated, racist Southerner. The caller to Barrasso referred to his fellow conservative activists as a "tea bag group," a term that many genuine Tea Partiers regard as an offensive epithet. Both callers got worked up emotionally -- energy and ambition in the Brooks caller's case, and urgency and panic from the Barrasso caller.

Are they the same man? Were they serious calls or pranks -- and with the current state of right-wing activism, how can you tell the difference?

It is a brilliant Poe ... at least we can hope.

What that caller said was so ridiculous and callous that I'm hoping it's a hoax. Still, given what we've seen the last few years, where every debate about torture needs a pro-torture spokesperson, for instance, it's not hard to believe the call could be genuine.
I know. Either way, it's a sad commentary on what American politics has come to.
Ted Stevens is (was) Senator Tubes, I believe. But there is no shortage of potential epithets for Inhofe. The EPA is the Gestapo is my fave. Then there's God, Guns and Gays...
Ted Stevens is (was) Senator Tubes, I believe.

Doh! You're right of course! I was mixing up my morons.
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