Thursday, February 09, 2006

Bingo Tom

When a politically weakened Jeb Bartlett was forced to accept a bland, undistinguished Vice Presidential appointee, the writers of The West Wing went to my hometown Colorado Congressional district for the character:

Will: Who is Robert Russell?
Josh: He's the Congressman from Western Colorado, and I don't mean the state, I mean the mining company.
Toby: Bob Russell is not presidential.
C.J.:...Is he Bingo Bob?

Though The West Wing and Bingo Bob are fading from the scene, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) appears ready to fill in as the state's representative buffoon in real life. Tancredo didn't let a silly movie by a couple Colorado boys stop him from calling his anti-immigration PAC Team America. And yesterday, between legs of his "Secure America Now" tour, he joined a Minuteman Project rally at the Capitol to call on Pres. Bush to commit the U.S. military to the U.S./Mexico border.

A pair of swastika-wearing brown shirts showed up, asking the rally-goers to leave the Republicans and join the Nazi party. I thought they might be clever counter-demonstrators, but it turns out they may have been legit. No confirmation whether counterfeit demonstrators or "iliterate" supporters carried the "ilegal" placards (Photo Credit: By Bill O'leary -- The Washington Post). That's the trouble with trying to follow Tancredo. Stuff that looks like parody turns out to be real.

He sounds quite rabid in the NPR report from the scene, crying: "We have a war! We are facing a military on the other side of the border — an armed military — who periodically come into the United States of America... armed, threatening our people, threatening the border patrol."

He's referring apparently to a border incident in which a county sheriff chasing drug dealers watched an olive colored Humvee come from the Mexican side bearing men wearing military-style uniforms who evacuated one of drug runners' SUVs when it got stuck in the river. (One more strike against SUVs!) The U.S. State Dept. says these were not members of the military, but known members of a narco-trafficking ring that employs military-style uniforms, equipment and tactics.

This would not be the first time the State Department and Republican officials disagreed on a pretext for war.
No, not that Team America!

3 Comments:

Blogger Bill White said...

We were legit.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Edward Ott said...

Very thought provoking.

7:33 PM  
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