Wednesday, August 8, 2012

An equal opportunity offender?

I was delighted to read that Rep. Allen West, for whom I have great respect, managed to outrage the entire Congressional Black Caucus recently.  (Of course, that entire body is outrageous, and frequently produces outrage in me, but we'll let that pass for now . . . ).  Mediaite reports:

Rep. Allen West reportedly offended the entire Congressional Black Caucus when he delivered a selection of Chick-fil-A chicken and biscuits to the members’ weekly meeting. CBC Chairman Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) told The Huffington Post that, despite the incident happening six months ago, it is still fresh in their minds and every member was offended.

Despite that this incident occurred months prior to the public dustup that followed Chick-fil-A’s CEO voicing his support for traditional marriage, Hastings told The Huffington Post that the members of the CBC were offended by West’s choosing that particular fast food chain to cater their meeting.

Hastings says that it is appropriate for each member of the CBC to buy lunch on a rotating basis for their weekly meeting, but West’s purchase was too “in your face” to be tolerable.

There's more at the link.

Considering the number of members of the CBC who've been arraigned on ethics charges in the House, convicted of crimes in the criminal justice system, or been caught in various degrees of flagrante delicto, I'd have thought this was one glass house whose residents dare not throw stones at all!  Clearly, that was too much to expect of them . . . but that in itself is hardly unexpected, is it?  (On the other hand, it's pretty telling that the CBC's claim to respect rests upon its members - and as far as I can tell, the only member actually worthy of respect is Rep. West!)



Old NFO said...

LOL, gotta love the Col... :-)

Mad Jack said...

I tend to ignore the CBC. If they ever have anything worthwhile to say, I'm sure I'll hear about it sooner or later. Meanwhile their opinions never fail to reflect their own way of life.

Anonymous said...

Col. West and his staff must have a lot of fun tweaking the "delicate sensibilities" of the rest of Congress. More power to them!


Anonymous said...

Did they eat the chicken?

Dirk said...

Excuse me for being ignorant...(remember - ignorance is curable but stupid is forever)...but why is sending Chik-Fil-A food offensive to the CBC? Especially when the "incident" happened 6 months ago, long before the recent events around that chain?

Crucis said...

Man, the dimwits are slow. It only took them six months to figure out they'd be "insulted."

As if.

Mikael said...

My favorite comment was one that introduced some unintended irony by saying "Go West!" at the end. (The Pet Shop Boys being gay icons).

Wraith said...

OK...AFAIC, the good Colonel has made up for that whole Pigford vote fiasco. He actually managed to warp the space-time continuum and offend the CryBaby Caucus six months in advance!!

Good one, Sir!

jbrock said...

Excuse me for being ignorant...(remember - ignorance is curable but stupid is forever)...but why is sending Chik-Fil-A food offensive to the CBC?

Just guessing here, but I reacall chicken--especially fried chicken--as being right up there with watermelon in the hierarchy of African-American culinary stereotypes.

Although I suspect West is (at least) a bit of a nutjob, he's neither stupid nor boring. There's no way he committed this lovely bit of real-life trollery by accident.

Chris said...

I am sure that the real reason they were offended was that he didn't know to send Popeye's and not Chik-Fil-A.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the members of the CBC did eat the chicken, because Rep. Col. West said that there were no left-overs.

I think A. Hastings wails of "insult" had more to do with the purported Chik-fil-a insult to homosexuals than to the actual presence of fried chicken. But I'm not a member of the CBC, so it could be that A. Hastings did not get a drumstick and had to settle for extra waffle fries. *shrug*