I could say that this isn't Pat Quinn's fault, but here's the thing: one, he or someone he knew invited Rickey Hendon who has no filter between his brain and his mouth - in fact, he's famous for it - and two, if he really thought his original campaign strategy - painting Bill Brady as a woman- and minority-hating rube - wasn't going to rear it's ugly head late in the campaign when his poll numbers were stagnant and his supporters were getting desperate, he lacks the foresight we require in a fearless leader.
A West Side get-out-the-vote rally Saturday backfired for Democratic
Gov. Pat Quinn when the governor was forced to quickly distance himself
from racially charged criticism about his Republican foe made by the
man who introduced him, Chicago mayoral candidate state Sen. Rickey
"Let me tell you a couple things. I've served with Bill Brady. I've
never served with such an idiotic, racist, sexist, homophobic person in
my life," Hendon told the crowd. "If you think that the minimum wage
needs to be $3 an hour, vote for Bill Brady. If you think that women
have no rights whatsoever except to have his children, vote for Bill
Brady. If you think gay and lesbian people need to be locked up and
shot in the head, vote for Bill Brady."
Excellent. Remember those creepy commercials from the beginning of the campaign with women filmed in shadow while giant sans-serif slogans about how Bill Brady wanted them barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen by law floated across the screen? This is like that only better, because the sheer post-apocalyptic vision is spelled out in graphic detail, with Bill Brady personally raping all of his female constituents, forcing them to have his Theocratic bastard children. It's like Margaret Atwood and James Carville had a literary child with bonus contributions from Godwin's Law. This is sort of the ultimate in bullshit moral equivalency; the kind the editorial board at NPR only wishes it could engage in but has to settle for public employee review failures instead. Rickey once called himself the "black Sarah Palin." Little did we know he'd prove it by saying something so blatantly stupid and offensive.
Luckily, Pat Quinn was rescued by a Tribune reporter who eeked out a statement distancing Quinn from Hendon's musings, otherwise his stone-faced demeanor during the rally might have indicated he agreed, which is like the last thing Pat Quinn needs. Heck knows he's not getting much help from the cast of characters we've come to know and love.
UPDATE: Oh, Jesus.
Quinn campaign spokeswoman Mica Matsoff responded in an e-mail:
"Perhaps Senator Brady should address Senator Hendon's concerns instead
of attributing comments to the Quinn campaign that we did not make."
What. The. French. Toast.
No, you asshats. Rickey Hendon is a few olives short of a martini, not a legitimate political figure you can use to take bullets for you so that you can make cheap political points about how terrifying Bill Brady is on the social issues. We get it. He's a social conservative. Call me crazy, but I don't think he's going to round up and murder gays. Last I checked, even if he wanted to, we still have a legislature and a judicial branch that have checks on the plan. Just...nooooo.
This is going to be a f**king loooong week.