Republicans don’t much like to talk out loud about their party’s problems (unless they are talking about the increasingly rare species of “moderates”), so it was noteworthy when Ohio Sen. George Voinovich had this to say at an editorial board meeting of the Columbus Dispatch:
The GOP’s biggest problem? “We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What [the] hell they got to do with Ohio?
I wish there was video or audio of the statement, to discover if “errrr, errrr” represents Voinovich’s impression of a southern accent, or was instead indicating that DeMint and Coburn have a tendency to growl like beasts, which might well be true.
What annoys me about Voinovich’s moment of candor isn’t so much the anti-southern animus it suggests, but the idea that Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are giving the good people of Ohio the impression that they are typical southerners.
But that’s the price the South pays for some of the folks they elect to Congress. On a separate front, Poltico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, looking for a mid-summer amusement, interviewed Georgia’s looniest House member, Paul Broun, Jr. Here’s an excerpt:
What do you miss most about your home state?
Fried chicken, fiscal and personal responsibility and the right to bear arms.
What’s the strangest thing a member has said to you?
That there is a scientific consensus that human-induced global warming is real.
How has your life changed?
Very little time now to do things I used to enjoy, like golf and hunting. But it’s all worth it in order to put America back on the right path and stop that steamroller of socialism.