Jeff Frederick refuses to apologize for trying to tie Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden, Bob Lewis writes for the AP. Frederick—the gift that just keeps on giving—admits that it was “stupid,” but says that the statement was true.
The embarrassing comment was recorded by Time as: “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon. That is scary.” John McCain himself responded to the statement, calling Frederick “an obscure party official” on the “outer most fringe” of the Republican Party, and declaring “that his comment was not appropriate.”
Whether or not the statement is true is irrelevant. I can play the “saying things that are both true and inappropriate” game:
- Both Jeff Frederick and Adolf Hitler enjoyed a steady rise to power accompanied by a significant loss of support from a major chunk of their constituency. That is scary.
- Both Jeff Frederick and Eric Rudolph have possessed explosive materials and showed a real glee in discharging them. That is scary.
- Both Jeff Frederick and Jeffrey Dahmer have an primal drive to cook and eat flesh. That is scary.
Apologize? Never! Everything that I said is perfectly true. Getting in a bigger-asshole competition is how we wound up with “Little Bo Peep.” I can come up with factually true, totally misleading statements all day long.
In short: God bless Jeff Frederick. I should send him a Christmas card or something.