This question was inspired in the aftermath to my post about the ridiculous Bob Marshall, a Virginia legislator who blights the Republican Party in my home state. The question I raised in that post was whether it was true that GOP elected nut-cases are further out in orbit than their Democratic counterparts. The related theory offered (not be me) in the ensuing thread was that while liberal-slanted media sources criticize the deranged in their ideological camp, conservative media sources tend to defend the GOP’s mutants. In fairness, I thought that I should raise the case of Mr. Holmes.
He was recently featured in a column by the Washington Post’s mildly conservative—perhaps the better term is “wishy-washy”—columnist Kathleen Parker. She notes, accurately, that he has at various times…
- Called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina “Uncle Toms” because they don’t toe the required “you’re black so you must be a liberal” line. (An African-American calling another an “Uncle Tom” is roughly the ethical equivalent of a white man calling a black man a “nigger,” and perhaps more hurtful.)
- Said that it’s acceptable to Holmes if men want to marry mules. (I assume this was hyperbole, but the assertion is that no form of sexual deviancy is the business of the state, even if it amounts to cruelty to animals. Moreover, most would agree that marrying mules is further down the ethics scale than marrying daughters, women’s soccer teams, sons, or 12-year-olds.)
- Claimed that white people are only pro-life “until their daughter gets pregnant by a black man” (Nice, Congressman…)
- Offered $100,000 to anyone who could demonstrate conclusively that “a bunch of whites” had adopted black babies in Alabama.
We’ll see if he pays up. This last bit of nastiness and gratuitous slur on, well, all white Alabamans predictably enraged the pro-adoption community and a rather large number of Alabamans who are both white and the parents of adopted black children, who rallied to show the Congressman to be the ignorant racist he unquestionably is.
One wacko proves nothing, of course, but do you think Holmes is as bad as Marshall, less horrible, or worse? The next question is, can anyone find a typically left-leaning website or blog that condemned Holmes’ hate-mongering? One would have to admit that, as a U.S. Congressman and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, his statements and apparent attitudes are more significant and potentially harmful than a perennial Republican loser who serves as a state delegate, like Marshall.
Let’s have a poll!