We have made no great secret of our dislike of Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, currently fighting for his job, which if the Cook Report’s projections are correct, he will be losing to Tammy Duckworth in November, to the tune of about seven points (since you probably aren’t paying in excess of $350.00 a year to read the Cook Report, you heard it here first). It must be this stink of desperation that led him to become another right wing voice piling onto Sandra Fluke after her DNC appearance the other night.
“So at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night their first prime time speaker was Sandra Fluke, whatever her name is,” Walsh said. “Think about this, a 31-32 year old law student who has been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. Go get a job Sandra Fluke.”
Now really, people, is a guy who managed to fall behind by over $100K in his child support really qualified to lecture anyone about personal responsibility? Sorry, but like Gail Collins and Romney’s dog on the roof, I have to get that in there if I’m going to write about Joe Walsh.
Let me first quickly slap down that enormous, reeking cowpie of a lie that conservatives keep repeating before moving on to what I really want to say. Georgetown students pay for their own insurance. Let me write this again, in large type, in case there are any teabaggers reading this: GEORGETOWN STUDENTS PAY FOR THEIR OWN INSURANCE. The school requires that all students carry health insurance, and since the school already has a group plan that they provide for their employees, they allow the students to purchase insurance through that plan, since it would be somewhat discounted compared to what the students would pay if they bought the plan independently. However, the student covers the entire cost of their insurance. It is not subsidized by the school, nor, since Georgetown is not a public university, THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, in any way, shape or form. Sandra Fluke simply wants the insurance that she pays for with her own money to cover contraceptives, like most normal plans do. I want everyone to remember this, and please slap these people down when they start with that completely false talking point about Ms. Fluke wanting the American taxpayer to pay for her contraceptives.
If there is any member of Congress who appears to go out of their way to make “Congressman” seem like it’s not a “real job”, that would be Joe Walsh. Aside from voting against the interests of his district on things like the highway bill, he has sponsored completely useless, garbage legislation like the Save Christmas Act. In a country that is 85% self-identified Christian, we need a Save Christmas Act about as much as I need a third tit. And then there was the bill looking to abolish the Office of Polar Programs, I guess because global warming isn’t real. But how is Santa going to find the funding to expand his workshop now?
I’m kidding. Santa is a self-made entrepreneur who has his own money to expand his workshop. Of course he doesn’t need the Office of Polar Programs. He also doesn’t need the Save Christmas Act. He’s doing fine.
So, just to recap: Joe Walsh has gone out of his way to be as useless as possible in Congress.
Now let’s look at Joe Walsh’s early years. He’s got an advanced degree, he was a former social worker and before he became a born-again teabagger, he was a self-described moderate who worked for a few think tanks after a longish stint working with disadvantaged youth in the inner city in Chicago. He also taught American Government and American History at a couple of area colleges. Let’s see… college professor, working with disadvantaged communities in Chicago… Gosh, who does that sound like? I just can’t place it… I hate to be the one to point this out, but… Conservatives? Are you listening? This guy’s early career sounds a lot like President Obama’s, and you all couldn’t find enough different ways to tell us how useless his experience was. That’s right. Useless bastard. By your own measure, conservatives, this guy has never had a real job. It’s pretty funny that on his official bio, he’s gone out of his way to make it sound less like he was doing anything too “community organizer-ish”.
So to recap: apparently, both Republicans and Democrats can agree, Joe Walsh is completely useless.
In all seriousness, people, I don’t know the man, and everything about his background speaks to someone who is actually probably fairly intelligent and comes from some middle-of-the-road, old-school Republican leanings. He ran describing himself as “pro-choice,” yet voted for the horrendous HB358, which we have complained about here before, which allows hospitals to refuse an abortion on moral/religious grounds even if the woman’s life is in immediate, grave danger. That’s really what makes the whole thing a hundred times worse, in a way. It speaks to a person who doesn’t really believe any of this regressive, extremist, misogynistic garbage, and just cynically underwent a miraculous conversion to Douche-ism in order to get and keep a political office. It makes this whole rant a political calculation of the worst kind as he tries to fire up and turn out the worst among his base in a desperate bid to keep the seat that he completely sold out in order to get in the first place.
Hey Walsh! You’re fired! Now go get a real job!