Monday, May 05, 2014


Stacey Campfield did this? Why, I'm shocked.
On Monday, a Tennessee state senator apparently likened Obamacare's individual mandate to Nazi Germany's slaughter of Jews.

A brief post published at the blog of state Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) read: "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory [sic] sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s."
Many of the people who've written about this have carefully preserved the post in a screen shot, in case Campfield pulls it down. He hasn't -- and he won't. He's an obsessive-compulsive troll. This is what he does. This is what he lives for.

As I wrote in 2011:
This is a guy who once introduced a bill requiring death certificates for all aborted fetuses. He later introduced a bill that would deny birth certificates for children of undocumented immigrants. (It probably won't surprise you when I tell you that he and three other Republican legislators were among the first to demand to see Barack Obama's birth certificate -- this was less than month after Obama's inauguration.)

Campfield has declared that Michael Vick's dogfighting activities weren't nearly as bad as abortion. He has filed legislation demanding that institutions of higher learning adhere to David Horowitz's so-called academic bill of rights. He's filed legislation that would require federal law enforcement agents to get permission from a local sheriff or attorney general before making an arrest.

And although he's white...

... he once tried to join Tennessee's Black Legislative Caucus; when he was denied membership, he compared the Caucus to the Ku Klux Klan, arguing that the Klan doesn't restrict membership by race. (In fact, the Caucus will grant "honorary membership" to "those persons whose belief and actions contribute to the purpose for which this caucus was formed"; given the fact that Campfield's voting record in Tennessee includes a vote against the Tennessee Rosa Parks Act, which would expunge the convictions of those whose crimes were challenges to segregation, I don't believe he qualifies.)
I wrote that when Campfield was making his annual push for a bill that would make it illegal to discuss any sexual behavior other than heterosexuality in grades K-8, even with children of gay parents. (The bill had died every year before 2011, and has continued to do so.) The Washington Post also reminds us of this bit of trolling:
Almost exactly a year ago, he posted a photo of an "Assault Pressure Cooker" prefaced by the words "Here comes Feinstein again."

That post was widely criticized for apparently making light of the Boston Marathon bombings, in which pressure cookers were used as explosives. He later explained on CNN that he was using it to make a point: calling for gun control after a tragic event was like calling for pressure cooker control in the aftermath of the bombings.
What do you know? He never took that post down, either.

This is what passes for wit among Republicans. It's also what passes for responsible public service.


Raymond Smith said...

Please have some compassion for this poor misunderstood soul. He is only a product of a party that can only exist with the dependence of influencing this type of individual with numerous social problems. Dare I say. He is not the problem! He is but a poor misunderstood child in a mans body that has been corrupted by predators know as GOP members! He is nothing more then a product of a GOP enfluence and the GOP are proud I tell you of his high asinine abilities!

Ten Bears said...

No mention of the suffering of twenty-five million First Americans put to the sword in the name of the Jew Christian Muslim Mormon dog.

There's a silver lining in there somewhere, I am sure.

No fear. Contempt.

Victor said...

"This is what passes for wit among Republicans."

Yes, but which?
Or, Fuckwit?


Glennis said...

That's a face that's just asked for a slap.

Bulworth said...

[wingnut]"Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory [sic] sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s." [/wingnut]

Yes, signing up for healthcare is just like being taken from home, shipped in packed train cars to concentration camps, followed by the gas chambers. It's exactly. like. that.

Friends, I don't know how we can compete with stellar logic such as this.