House Candidate Apologizes to Helen Thomas for Opponent’s Perfect Eyesight

Steve King, Republican from Iowa, caused a bit of a stir for a remark he made concerning White House reporter Helen Thomas. Here’s the short version:

Last Saturday, Rep. King, while discussing the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the state Republican convention, said, “What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he’s probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he’s at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas.”

King’s Democrat opponent, Joyce Schulte, is of course outraged and responded on her website:

“Mean-spirited remarks are beneath the dignity of any self respecting congressperson, and remarks about another person’s appearance are even lower. I hesitate to even use Helen Thomas’ name in the same document with so vile a wretch as al-Zarqawi. But I want her and the world to know that Iowans are not insensitive buffoons who make fun at someone else’s expense.”

“Self respecting congressperson”? Oh my, Ms. Schulte has a lot to learn, doesn’t she? That aside, why does Schulte assume it’s a joke about Thomas’ appearance? King only implied that Helen was a “double bagger“, but never flat out said it. King only said her name. It was Schulte who apparently thinks that Helen Thomas’ name is synonymous with ugly.

By the way, posters at the Right Nation forum are talking about this blog post, and they remind us that yes, the Democrats also have a penchant for insulting the looks of people. What did and do they say about Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, Barbara Bush, Monica Lewinsky, Katherine Harris, etc.?

Anyway, back on point. If King is right, there are 72 of these coming at Zarqawi right now, clutching body oil, handcuffs, whips, leather hoods and nipple clamps (hat tip to a Right Nation poster):

Now that’s cruel, Representative King. I think you owe an apology… to Zarqawi.

Oh what the hell, let’s throw 72 Joyce Schultes at Zarqawi, too!

Take that, bad guy!

**Disclaimer: The above is in no way intended to be offensive to those of us who may not be aesthetically pleasing, but rather to dramatize the cruel fate that awaits terrorists while sending the message to Americans that all of us, especially the ugly ones, may be called upon at any time to play an important role in the war on terror. Patriotism doesn’t have to be pretty to be a beautiful thing.


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