A follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Pledge scandal in IL-08: it turns out that the League of Women Voters moderator (one Kathy Tate-Bradish) just happened to be a hardcore OfA member and Obama supporter. Everybody shocked, raise your hands… no, me neither. Admit it: you didn’t even think that she was anything except a typical Democratic elitist, right? And, oddly enough, you were clearly right to think that.
Also, guess what? The local LWV grand poobah thinks that the whole thing was a Republican plot. I don’t know what’s funnier: that the Democrats think that we’re plotting against them, or that they’re conceding that making Democrats recite the Pledge of Allegiance is a successful slam against their political party…
If you can’t see the video, here’s the summary: over in IL-08 they had a debate between Rep. Melissa Bean and Joe Walsh, run by the League of Women Voters. Somebody in the audience interrupts the beginning to ask if they were going to start with the Pledge of Allegiance. The moderator – stupidly, stupidly, stupidly – says ‘no,’ starts lecturing the crowd on how that was never required in the past… and gets drowned out by the audience getting to its feet and reciting the Pledge over her spluttering. Extra points: perfect shot of Joe starting an anticipatory clap at the suggestion that the Pledge would be recited, looking startled that this wouldn’t be allowed – and getting out of his chair like a jackrabbit when the audience overrides the moderator (who later kept getting snotty about the whole thing).
Well, he is the Republican candidate. We just have better civic reflexes when it comes to this sort of thing.