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Creep of the Week: Rep. Sam Graves

By |2018-01-16T06:34:19-05:00May 22nd, 2008|Opinions|

You know how kids like to trade the sickest stories they can think of to gross each other out?
It turns out, conservatives never grow out of this, but instead of regaling fellow seven-year-olds with tales of boogers and slime monsters, all conservatives need to gross each other out are three syllables: San Francisco (cue the lightening strikes and evil laughter).

Therefore, when a conservative calls someone a San Francisco liberal or says someone has San Francisco values, it’s a loaded accusation. Implicit in the label is the notion that said person is a homo lover. It’s never meant as a compliment.
Which is why it’s no surprise that Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) laid the San Francisco label on the woman challenging his seat in November, Democrat Kay Barnes, after Barnes attended a fundraiser hosted by none other than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
As you know, Pelosi is the epitome of San Francisco liberal since she, literally, represents San Francisco.
On May 8, Barnes posted an item called “Big City Kay Barnes’ San Francisco Treat” on his campaign Web site.
“Kay Barnes and her extreme liberal friends are having a party in San Francisco,” the post reads. “But you aren’t invited. That’s right, Kay Barnes is having a San Francisco fundraiser at Nancy Pelosi’s House. And its [sic] liberal elites only.”
Liberal elites only? My word! God only knows what kind of depravity would go on at such a party!
Wait. Graves seems to have an idea: “abortion on demand, gay marriage, and amnesty for illegal immigrants.”
What? They’re killing babies, marrying queers and letting in the darkies? How do we make it stop? Please Mr. Graves, tell us, whatever can we do?
Why, you can send Graves some cash, that’s what. “Let’s show Kay Barnes and her San Francisco Liberal friends that they cannot buy our seat in Congress,” his Web site pleads. “Will you make an immediate contribution of $25 or more…?”
Not convinced? Perhaps you need a little visual stimulation. Fear not, Graves is at your service putting a face, or, rather, several faces, to the San Francisco liberal name.
A TV ad Graves is airing attacking Barnes opens with cheesy dance-style music and a woman’s voice accusing Barnes of having “San Francisco-style values.” On screen are three young “partiers,” two women and one strapping black man in the middle wearing a cowboy hat and a tight sleeveless yellow shirt.
It’s possible that chick #1 is supposed to be an illegal immigrant and that chick #2 just had an abortion, but I’m sure about the ad’s Lone Ranger. Not only is he gay and black, he’s doing the butt bump with chick #2: the white one.
While I’ve seen better production values on mid-90s era high school video yearbooks, Graves certainly has a clever knack for appealing to Missouri’s baser fears.
Dan Savage sums it up best on his blog: “If Kay Barnes gets elected … black gay abortionists drunk on champagne will leave their illegal-immigrant boyfriends in San Francisco and travel to Missouri to engage in interracial three-way dancing in empty clubs.”
The horror, the horror…

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