Saturday, November 10, 2012

Teen won't be moving to Australia after all

It's easy to make a fool of yourself. Face it, we've all done it. But these days, you can very easily embarrass yourself in front of the whole world.

Just ask this teenage Romney supporter (from Georgia, not surprisingly):
After the election, Georgia teenager and ardent Romney supporter Kristen Neel was so upset by the reelection of Barack Obama, she vowed to pack up her Taylor Swift CDs and move to Australia. Unfortunately, Kristen seems to know as much about the country as a bartender at Outback Steakhouse. Her tweet quickly went viral among actual Australians (who were somehow able to read it on their upside-down computers) and, as with all justice in the social media world, their responses were swift and brutal. So brutal, in fact, that the disgraced teen eventually deleted her account and hopefully went to pick up a book somewhere.

Here are a few of the tweets she received in reply:

"Not one word of that sentence is true." Yup, she's clearly a Republican, isn't she?

But I feel kind of sorry for her. She's grown up in Georgia, surrounded by right-wing Christian bullshit, so of course she bought it hook, line, and sinker.

And as I say, we all make fools of ourselves on occasion. Kristen didn't even set the record for the craziest response to this election, not even close. (Please note that this is an amateur contest, so Donald Trump, as a professional buffoon, is not eligible.)

Here, for example, is a Republican official who's decided that Texas just needs to secede from the Union (again). Yeah, this is the real "party of Lincoln," isn't it?
Peter Morrison, who serves as treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, wrote in his post-election newsletter that there was a clear solution to the problem of Obama’s re-election.

“We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity,” Morrison wrote. “But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.”

“Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue. Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government? Let each go her own way in peace, sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years,” he wrote.

Oh, and just in case the underlying cause of his anger wasn't clear enough, he added this:
Morrison also wrote that “many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party most white people happen to vote for.” He singled out Asian Americans, who he said should be Republican “as they earn more money and pay more in taxes than white Americans.”

Humorously, he might find some Blue State support for his idea, though.

Anyway, maybe I'm biased, but I must select as winner one of my fellow Nebraskans, a woman who doesn't even seem to be embarrassed by her drunken rant on YouTube (the video is still up at her site, though ratings and comments are disabled):
Obama was re-elected and Nebraskan "news junkie" Shelly Dankert, a self-described "conservative pro-Palin YouTuber," is pissed.

Very pissed. And drunk. Very, very drunk. ...

That hardly ever ends well.

Especially when you have a lot of grievances to air. Like, a lot, a lot. 24-minutes worth. Toss in a broken swear jar and a chips-for-supper-fueled grudge against everyone and everything ("Thanks a bunch, Paulqaeda!") and you've got yourself the makings of a glorious 100-year rant.

I won't post that here, but if you do watch it - listen to it, mostly - note that it's definitely NSFW. She seems to be drunk and crazy. Not a good combination.

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