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The Ten Dumbest Things Said By Alabama Republicans in 2011 - Part 2

by: countrycat

Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 08:00:00 AM CST

In part 2 of our series, we'll share LIA's ranking of the Top 5 dumbest things said by Alabama Republicans in 2011.  Yep, we gave the bottom of the barrel a good scrape and found statements by Governor Bentley, Senator Beason, and more.  Enjoy!Alabama GOP dunces

Before we begin, let's remind you of our ranking criteria:

  1. Racially or religiously insensitive?  The speaker used racial slurs or religiously divisive language.
  2. Factually incorrect?  The speaker asserted opinion as fact or just made up facts to fit his/her biases.
  3. National ridicule? The statement made national news and became fodder for The Daily Show, network & cable news, and newspaper editorial boards.
  4. Demonstrates stupidity and/or duplicity?  The speaker appeared to be either too dumb to realize that he/she should have kept his/her mouth shut or was just gleefully lying.
  5. Just plain mean?  The speaker seemed to glory in making a statement that demeaned a particular group, ridiculed someone, or was otherwise hurtful.

Each one is scored on a 0 - 5 scale with "5" being the worst!

If you missed Part 1 yesterday, review 6-10 here.

countrycat :: The Ten Dumbest Things Said By Alabama Republicans in 2011 - Part 2

Total score: 15  

           #1 - 4 pts
           #2 - 0 pts  
           #3 - 4 pts  
           #4 - 4 pts  
           #5 - 3 pts 

State Senator Gerald Dial says the bill came to lawmakers late in the session, near the end of a six hour filibuster, and they didn't have enough time to study it.

"And we were kind of caught in a box. We either vote for it or we vote against it. If we voted against it, it looked like we were supporting illegal immigrants into our state. So we voted for it. I made some mistakes and I'm going to try to correct those."

When the voices in Senator Gerald Dial's head get to talking, watch out.

How special of Dial to share that little window into his motives.  He admits being willing to pass racist legislation, opposed by many religious leaders, that has tarnished our state's reputation, shows his stupidity, and disregard for anything but his political future.

Truly, the some of the worst of Alabama government is on display here.

Total score: 19  

           #1 - 5 pts
           #2 - 0 pts  
           #3 - 5 pts  
           #4 - 5 pts  
           #5 - 4 pts

Robert Bentley - not our brother"So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."

Newly-inaugurated Governor Robert Bentley set the tone for his administration with this comment.  Just an hour after he stood on the steps of the Capitol and proclaimed himself to be "governor of all of Alabama — Democrat, Republican and independent, young and old, black and white, rich and poor," Bentley sang a different song at a church meeting.

As the national media picked up the story, the new governor tried to reassure everyone: ''We're not trying to insult anybody."

hmmm... perhaps this was the first of many "unintended consequences" of the GOP agenda.

We gave him a "3" for the "just plain mean" category because he was speaking in a religious context and quite possibly got carried away with his evangelizing.

   #3          Total score: 20  
           #1 - 5 pts
           #2 - 5 pts  
           #3 - 0 pts  
           #4 - 5 pts  
           #5 - 5 pts 

McGill said he heard there are truckloads of pregnant women coming to America to have babies.

Freshman Senator Shadrack McGill (and Scott Beason roommate!) makes his second appearance in the Top 10 with this statement from his "State of the State" address in Fort Payne.

McGill declined to respond to our requests for comment and documentation of this assertion.  Not surprising: it's not only insulting to women but to the Border Patrol as well.  How is it that these professionals routinely miss entire "truckloads of pregnant women" driving across the border?

Our efforts to independently fact check were also unsuccessful.  You can't even find that dubious "fact" asserted on even the most nutty, far-right anti-immigration sites. So McGill's not even parroting the GOP talking point of the day on this one.  It appears to be a total figment of his sick imagination.

This topped the charts in all but "national ridicule."

   #2          Total score: 20  
           #1 - 5 pts
           #2 - 0 pts  
           #3 - 5 pts  
           #4 - 5 pts  
           #5 - 5 pts

“Democrats do not want to solve the illegal immigration problem because they know, this is a fact, that when more illegal immigrants move into an area, when their children grow up and get the chance to vote, they vote for Democrats,” he said. “They like big government, they like programs, they’ve benefited from the day they were born because the child was born into poverty because mom and dad are poor.”
Beason ended his speech by advising Republicans to “empty the clip, and do what has to be done”.

Senator Scott Beason really showed his true colors at a February Republican Party breakfast in Cullman.  Lapping up the approval of the crowd, he apparently failed to notice the alert Cullman Times reporter scribbling away.  This is the same paper remember, that reported on Richard Shelby's confusion about President Obama's citizenship status.

Although the "empty the clip" comment is what went viral, it's worth noting the ugly race & class overtones from the beginning of the speech. 

While the whole thing was over the top, our ratings reflect just the famous "empty the clip" comment.   That's why the "factually incorrect" measure has a "0."  Beason was stating his opinion here, not citing facts.  Otherwise, it would have been a good contender for the #1 position.

   #1          Total score: 25  
           #1 - 5 pts
           #2 - 5 pts  
           #3 - 5 pts  
           #4 - 5 pts  
           #5 - 5 pts 

“They’re aborigines, but they’re not Indians,” Beason replied. 

You just knew this had to be #1, didn't you?  And, of course, it's good old Scott Beason....  Now, technically, Beason made this statement in 2010, but it didn't become public until the 2011 bingo trials.

What can we say?  Beason initially claimed he "didn't know" what he meant by the statement, then refused to apologize, got the state GOP establishment to defend him, and finally held a press conference in September to issue a non-apology:

Reading a statement at the Gardendale Civic Center, the disgraced politician said: "Our purpose today is to say that I am very sorry and I apologise to anyone whose feelings were hurt by my comment."

Note he's not apologizing for being a racist bastard stupid enough to record himself spewing this crap.  He's merely sorry if anyone's feelings were hurt.

In sheer dickishness, this is over the top & and earned a perfect score!

Somehow, we're sure that Beason will be prominently featured next year's Top 10.

Ok... what did we miss?  Tomorrow, we'll have a few "honorable mentions" that didn't make the Top 10 cut.  Feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments!


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Apologies (4.00 / 1)
Neither Bentley's nor Beason's "apologies" were sincere.  Neither acknowledge that they did indeed insult and offend many, many people.

the British spelling (4.00 / 1)
is because the quote was from the Daily Mail - a UK publication.  I used it to illustrate how Beason turned Alabama into an international laughingstock.

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."  - John Kenneth Galbraith

[ Parent ]
Somehow I knew ... (4.00 / 1)
Scott Beason would be high on this list.  Did you notice that the Huntsville Times also suggested that if there were an Alabama equivalent to Time Magazine's Man of the Year, it would be Scott Beason for 2011?  Kind of like Hitler and Stalin ended up on the cover of Time.

Work harder and work smarter!

And its...Scott Beason for the win! (4.00 / 1)
Like in a septic tank - the biggest chunks rise straight to the top...

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

This top ten list is a fabulous. (4.00 / 1)

I am always and enternally greateful that LIA exists and keeps me connected with what is happening in my state.  You are FABULOUS! Thanks for what you do.




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