But to use this to score cheap, vulgar political points goes way beyond the pale. Shockingly, but not unsurprisingly, we find two conservative squawking heads that are apparently in competition for the most vile person in 2010.
First, there is old Pat Robertson, who has never been known for making good arguments or being a likable person, who said:
Robertson: “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about. [Haitians] were under the heel of the French...and they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, ‘we will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’ True story. And the Devil said, ‘OK it’s a deal.’ Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another.”Not to be outdone, and feeling the need for some attention himself, another cataclysmic natural disaster, Rush Limbaugh, stops popping his pills for a minute to say this:
I've noticed that most of the right wingers, to their credit, condemn Robertson for his ignorant statement. Not one has had the spine to mention Limbaugh's vulgarity.
On his radio program Wednesday morning, Rusty said that President Barack Obama and company would use Haiti to get closer to the “light-skinned and dark-skinned black [communities] in this country” while adding that the U.S. has “already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”
If you were wondering who would be so cynical as to suggest that a president would use a monumental tragedy to gain support amongst a group of voters who already overwhelmingly support him--to the tune of 89 percent who view him favorably, natch--well, now you have your answer.