Monday, September 25, 2006

Holy Smokes!

Andrew Sullivan gives a Malkin Award to Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO), for this sentence in a debate:
As we face the issues that we are facing today, I don't think there's anything more important out there than the marriage issue

Me, I just blanche at the horrible lack of rhetorical skill. "As we face the issues we are facing today"?

Upon hearing this revealing description of Musgrave's legislative priorities, her Democratic opponent responded:
Holy smokes, we're at war, we've lost nearly 3,000 people and thousands more are maimed. We have over 46 million Americans without health insurance.

I'm not sure that's the most effective response, but it certainly captures my goggly-eyed amazement upon hearing that maintaining anti-gay discrimination is a more pressing issue to America than anything else on our plate.