Any reasonable person who saw Dana Rohrabacher's Jan. 27 performance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher appreciated that the right-wing Orange County Republican congressman set a new low for political discourse.
Hilariously acting as if he's a seasoned, elder statesman, Rohrabacher–the self-described “surfin' congressman' who can't surf and who is, I grant, an expert in Tequila consumption–tried to rationalize Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's disrespectful finger wagging at President Barack Obama.
Rohrabacher–who actually blames the Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on Bill Clinton's 1995 White House intern blow job–claimed that Republicans are disrespectful of the current president because they know Obama is secretly–dastardly?–determined to “gut” the U.S military.
In the Costa Mesa Republican's view, Obama's method of destroying the nation's national defense is the epitome of counter-intuitive thought: showering the Pentagon and defense contractors
with at least $6 trillion more in taxpayer funds during the next decade.
(Dear President Obama: please destroy me with a similar cash infusion.)
It was a lousy, inadvertently comical HBO performance by Rohrabacher, who evaded Vietnam War military duty and made himself, once again, the laughing stock of American politics.
never one to sink into the gutter and skip a chance to go lower, the 12-term
congressman today responded to national criticism of his performance
with Maher by blaming the presence of a female co-panelist: Kennedy, the
energetic Libertarian from Reason TV.
aggressive and rude interruptions threw me off . . . ,” Rohrabacher–who
has been involved in national politics for four decades–wrote in a Twitter message today.
I don't know which is worse: cowardly skipping combat duty or blaming a woman for your own pathetic, national TV performance.
Dana, can you tell us what you were thinking?
Of course, we'll understand if you are only able to add an obnoxious comment by using a fake name at this website.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
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