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By Randy Hall | November 21, 2012
Here’s another sterling example of the premise that liberals have no sense of humor.
Virginia Republican Official Bob FitzSimmonds had no idea what was going to happen when he stated in a Facebook posting on Wednesday that “When Obama is 90 years old and he dies and goes to Hell, he is going to say ‘This is all Bush’s fault’!”
Of course, members of the GOP instantly recognized the post as a joke referring to the claim often made by the president and his fellow Democrats that everything bad that happened during Obama’s first term was the fault of the previous occupant of the White House, Republican George W. Bush.
As you might expect, the comment drew heated responses from both sides of the political aisle on that social networking site.
Ben Marchi said that the remark was “completely inappropriate” even when made in jest, and Karen Hand Mason noted that whether or not Obama goes to Hell is “God’s decision.”
“This is a good example of how far our country has gone,” wrote Muneer Baig. “People have been so blinded by politics that they are treating themselves as Gods and passing judgment over others.
“May God help us and our country and help us to see beyond the fake walls we have ourselves created around us,” he added.
However, William J. Henderson Jr. said that the Republican official was being “charitable” in giving Obama 90 years to live and thought the original post was “a funny joke.”
FitzSimmonds quickly responded:
Really, people!!! For those needing clarification, this is not a post about Obama’s eternal destiny. This is a post about his obsessive blame shifting. Several people are taking themselves — and me — too seriously.
Abdul Sada, a poster on thegrio.com website, brought a dour perspective to the matter when she wrote that “FitzSimmonds became the latest Republican to unleash a post-election rant when he condemned President Barack Obama to hell on his Facebook page.”
Meanwhile, Ken Cuccinelli, a close ally, Virginia’s attorney general and a 2013 gubernatorial candidate, tried to distance himself from the controversy through spokesman Noah Wall, who stated that “Mr. FitzSimmonds does not speak for our campaign, and we don’t agree with his assessment.”
It then came as no surprise when on Thursday, Virginia Democratic Party chairman Brian Moran called on Cuccinelli and state GOP chairman Pat Mullins to condemn FitzSimmonds’ comments and said an apology is in order.
Taking to Facebook to muse on the death of the president of the United States and whether or not he will go to Hell is well below the standard of conduct Virginians set for their public officials and political leaders.
“As leaders in Washington put the elections behind them and try to solve the enormous challenges we face as a country,” Moran added, “this type of rhetoric raises serious questions about whether certain factions of the Republican party are capable of putting Virginia families ahead of ugly partisan rancor.”
I guess it’s not surprising that the Republicans focused on the words “This is all Bush’s fault” while Democrats (many of whom I thought were atheists) concentrated on the notion that their president would eventually wind up in Hades.
My question is this: Where were all these people when then-President George W. Bush was depicted as being assassinated in “Death of a President,” a documentary produced in 2006 by Gabriel Range, or the victim in a 2007 play in New York City in which the thinly disguised president got “whacked like Julius Caesar by a confidant”?
Where was all the outrage then?