Conservative Gladiator Whines About Political “Blood Sports.”
Today’s Practical Lesson In Political Karma.
Sam Clovis was always a controversial choice to be the head of research and science at the USDA. Not the least of the concerns was that he has no education or background in science. This even though the United States Code requires the position be filled with a person “from among distinguished scientists with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” A fact which, reasonably enough, led the Union of Concerned Scientists to describe him as “an illegal and unacceptable choice” for the job.
With an undergraduate degree in Political Science (not an actual science), and graduate degree (from the academically prestigious University of Alabama) in Public Administration, he simply had no education in what he was tapped to do in this Administration. However, in an Administration hostile to science and facts this was not considered a barrier at all. What mattered was he supported Trump during the campaign, eventually becoming national campaign chairman.
His education did prepare him well for what turned out to be his best calling, conservative blogger and radio talk show host gladiator, swinging his sword of +2 Pay-Attention-To-Me-Ness to bloody Democrats and liberals as best he could. Clovis reveled in his blood sporting of Democrats.
Clovis pushed Obama Birther conspiracy theories declaring that Obama “is being given a pass because he is Black.” In his blog Clovis suggested Obama wanted to rule as a dictator who would enslave his opponents:
“This president is a dangerous person. He is dangerous in that he does not have the interests of the nation in mind and is more than willing to do anything to advance an ideology that is absolutely opposed to American exceptionalism. Four more years of this man as president could very well mean the total deconstruction of our Constitutional republic. He wants to be a dictator and he wants to enslave all who are not part of his regime. As Althusius advised in the 17th Century, we have a right to throw off imprudent magistrates. The current president certainly qualifies.”
It should be noted that four more years did happen but that neither dictatorship nor slavery followed. There is also this gem where the future toady for Donald Trump actually accused President Obama of being a “pathological narcissist”:
Barack Obama is inherently dishonest, a pathological liar and a person who has surrounded himself with sychophantic, co-dependent people who are more clearly identified by their association with him than by their own accomplishments. He is a Maoist, anti-colonialist who is also a pathological narcissist. This is a very dangerous combination.
While acknowledging he didn’t have any evidence to actually support it, he nonetheless accused Obama of being happy about Benghazi.
Clovis described former Attorney General Eric Holder as a “racist black” and former Secretary of Secretary of Labor Tom Perez as a “racist Latino.” He used his radio platform to describe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as “mentally ill.” He called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “the Batwoman of Alcatraz” and said “something’s happened to her brain.” He called upon conservative Congressional candidates to call out progressives as “liars, race traders and race ‘traitors.’”
Clovis described climate change as “junk science,” but speaking of actual junk science says being gay is a matter of choice. He suggested legislation to protect gays from discrimination would lead to the legalization of pedophilia.
Oddly enough, none of this was sufficient to derail his nomination to be the Chief Non-Scientist In Charge of Science at the USDA. Instead, he was sucked into the Mueller Russian election meddling investigation. It was revealed he was among the “supervisors” George Papadopoulos was diligently sending emails to regarding all his contacts on behalf of the Trump Campaign with high level Russian officials. You know, the contacts the Trump Administration consistently denied ever happened. That is what finally prompted Clovis to withdraw his nomination. Clovis encouraged Papadopoulis to meet with the Russians to get email dirt on Hillary Clinton.
However, Clovis would not withdraw his nomination without some particularly galling hypocritical whining. In his letter withdrawing himself from consideration, the man who said all the above things actually whined about how unfairly he has been treated and the blood sporting he had been subjected to:
“The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position. The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day.”
It is said that “hutzpah” is defined as the quality in a person who upon murdering both his parents will plead for mercy on grounds he is an orphan. I am not sure I have witnessed a more appropriate application of that definition.
I have also heard “karma” defined as “getting back what you gave.” I’m not sure I have witnessed a more appropriate application of that definition either.