Feathered Bastard

Russell Pearce on Barack Obama, Jihad, Impeachment and His "Favorite Place," a Bar

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For me, neo-Nazi-hugging state Senate President-elect Russell Pearce is the gift that keeps on giving. Seems like there's not a week that goes by where he doesn't say or do something totally whack, thus allowing me to pull out the verbal cat-o-nine tails and flay away at his Gila-monster hide with abandon.

So, for all his prevarications, wingnut statements, un-American pronouncements and associations with far-right extremists, I have to say, "Thanks, Russ!" When I'm carvin' up my turkey this Thanksgiving, I'll be thinking of you.

(Um, and wishing you a long life. Heh.)

Along these lines, catch what Pearce had to say to a crowd of right-wing moonhowlers recently at "David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend," for which folks ponied up $1,700 per to listen to this drivel:

"When you talk about jihad, that is exactly what Obama has against America, specifically the state of Arizona. Think about it. This is the first time in the history of the United States that a sitting President has sided with a foreign government to sue the citizens of its country. For defending our laws? For defending and protecting the citizens of the state of Arizona? It's outrageous and it's impeachable."

This deranged bilge received a standing ovation from the conservanut looney tunes in attendance, natch. Pearce's familiarity with the word jihad doesn't surprise me a-tall, as the man hails from the Taliban wing of the RepubliTea Party. Still, is Pearce one of these freaks who thinks Obama is a Muslim?

For Pearce to suggest that President Obama should be impeached because the U.S. Department of Justice is suing (successfully, mind you) Arizona over an unconstitutional state law, SB 1070, is about as full on woo as you can get. Indeed, the fact that the law was largely enjoined by District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton essentially proves that the feds were right to bring legal action against the breathing-while-brown statute.

Pearce's speech is full of inanities, but I was really intrigued by his opening remarks, describing his childhood. 

"As a young boy, I was very fortunate," he tells the assembled Kool-Aid imbibers. "Raised as a very poor young man, I ran around the streets of Mesa barefooted, selling mistletoe and newspapers on Main Street. In fact, my favorite place was the Green Frog, it's a little bar, three or four drinks, they'll buy a second time from you."

So, um, what was the devoutly Mormon Pearce doin' hanging out in a Mesa tavern?

I guess it was his "favorite place" because he could sell twice as much to the alkies. But still, Russ, as an LDS member, that's nothing for you to be proud of.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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