October 28, 2010
Gotta hand it to Arisha — it can’t be fun following NOM’s circus around for the third time in four months. If you missed Part One of the “best of the worst,” read all about it. It doesn’t get much better in Part Two. Apparently, Tony Perkins is no Brian Brown. Who knew? — Eden
By Arisha Michelle Hatch
Tony Perkins, President of Family Research Council, joined NOM’s Judge Bus tour for the final two stops of the day and made it clear that he has zero desire to be interviewed by me.
In Dubuque, he was joined by Steve King and 14 “no, no, no” supporters and 4 equality supporters for a short whistle stop at a local park.
Perkins opened his stump speech with a joke involving an architect, a surgeon and a judge on a plane debating which profession is the oldest.
The joke goes as follows: the surgeon says that his profession is the oldest because in Genesis God said that Eve was created from the rib of Adam. The architect steps in and says no, before a surgeon removed a rib from Adam, a world of chaos was created by an architect – therefore an architect is the oldest profession. The judge then steps in and says, “who do you think created the chaos?”
Insert courtesy laugh from the crowd here.
“We cannot capitulate to a rogue court,” Congressman Steve King added.
“Where did you go to law school?” Dan Ernst, a local well-respected lawyer, questioned from the crowd. “I went to the University of Michigan the finest law school in the midwest.”
King didn’t respond.
Clinton, Iowa was not only the last stop of the day on Thursday, but more importantly, marked a relief from
Perkins’ surgeon-architect-judge “joke” for at least 16 hours.
And in case you’re wondering, it wasn’t any funnier the second time we heard it, although the courtesy laugh/applause from the audience of 24 (plus 6 children) was the same.
Thank God for Clinton.
We also got to hear King’s anecdote about Pres. Reagan’s handling of the 1981 Air Traffic Controller’s Strike for the ump-teenth time.
In an attempt to ease voter-concerns about any public safety concerns related to removing three judges from
the Iowa courts, King has taken to citing the anecdote.
For our under-30 Trial Trackers, a brief refresher in history.
In 1981, 13,000 of our country’s 17,500 air traffic controllers seeking higher-wages walked-off the job despite a no-strike clause for federal employees claiming that the strike would threaten public safety and shutdown air transportation. In a White House Rose Garden press conference, The Great Communicator (Reagan) said that if controllers went through with the strike they would be fired. They did. Reagan fired them and no planes crashed.
Because the country survived that fiasco, removing three judges should not result in chaos for Iowans, King surmised – over and over again.
Although the analogy is tangental, at best, it did allow Judge Bus organizers to express another party-talking point – in addition to the now stereotypical “party of no, no, no” refrain – we got to hear Reagan, Reagan, Reagan.