I’m thinking that it’s official. Virginia Foxx, a member of the U.S. House representing North Carolina, is in the uppermost echelon of well-known distaff nutjobs, joining Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Carrie Prejean, and Victoria Jackson. If they were drugs, they’d be Schedule I controlled substances: absolutely no rationale for ever taking these people seriously.
Foxx is claiming that Republicans were the driving force behind the passage of civil-rights bills in the 1960’s and that Democrats were of little help. Her comments:
“Just as we were the people who passed the civil rights bills back in the ’60s without very much help from our colleagues across the aisle,” said Fox. “They love to engage in revisionist history.”
The rebuttal from fellow House member Dennis Cardoza (D-California) was direct and unrestrained:
CARDOZA: Today, what I’m hearing on the floor really takes the cake. The gentlelady from North Carolina, in her statement just now, indicated that the Republican GOP had passed the Civil Rights Act legislation with almost no help from the Democrats. I can’t believe my ears. It was the Kennedy and Johnson administration where we passed that Great Society legislation. It was over the objections of people like Jesse Helms from the gentlewoman’s state that we passed that civil rights legislation. John Lewis…
FOXX: Would, would the gentleman yield?
CARDOZA: No, I will not yield. John Lewis, a member of this House, was beaten on the Edmund Pettus bridge to get that civil rights legislation passed. Tell John Lewis that he wasn’t part of getting that legislation passed.
Foxx had no coherent response.
Forget partisanship here; I don’t care who was responsible, all that’s important is that important pieces of legislation passed. And even had Foxx made an accurate claim, it would be pointless to bring it up. The concerning thing is that a member of Congress can be this pig-ignorant, even though it happens all the time (Bachmann, Tom Tancredo, various congresspeople from Texas, others). Foxx has made an ass of herself in a serial fashion, notably for her daft comments about the murder of Matthew Shepard.
And so it goes, as a great author was fond of saying.