The Scorpion And The Frog


Not nearly so congenial as this.

Attention, Republican donors: You have been fleeced.

It seems that the Republican National Committee took 150,000 of your dollars and blew them on clothing for Sarah Palin. That’s right. In one month, they spent four-and-a-half years worth ofmedian individual incomes (for adults over age 25). That’s four-and-a-halfyears. If you’re a small-time donor, someone who just earns near the median (or less) national income–let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re a plumber named Joe–yet you felt strongly motivated by whatever reason to send twenty, thirty, or a hundred of your hard-earned bucks to the RNC, they stole from you. That’s right. They took your money to buy lavish outfits for someone who already had plenty of clothing. You’d have to work for half a decade to make that much money, and that’s before taxes. So, you know all those things you’d like to do? Build a deck, go to the dentist to get those teeth fixed, buy your wife some nice jewelry and take a vacation with her, save some money for your kids so they can go to college–all those things? The RNC just pissed all over your dreams. They took your money and went on a shopping spree that would embarrass Oprah. 

They. Stole. From. You.

And why did they steal from you?Because that’s what they do. They take from many people who have little, and give it to a few people who have lots.

I refer you to the fable of the scorpion and the frog (often misattributed to Aesop). You’re probably familiar with it, but I’ll type up my own version here. 

A scorpion needed to cross a flooded river–the heavy rains that had swollen the river had also inundated its home, and it had to leave or die. He spotted a frog nearby, and called out to the frog in hopes of hitching a ride across the stream. The frog refused, saying that the scorpion would surely sting and kill him. The scorpion dismissed that concern, pointing out that, if he did as the frog feared, he would drown in the river. The frog then said that the scorpion would sting him after the frog had carried the scorpion across the river. The scorpion claimed that he would never be that ungrateful. So, reluctantly, the frog swam over to the scorpion, and let the arachnid clamber on his back. The unlikely pair set off to cross the river. Mid-stream, the frog felt a sharp, stabbing pain in his back. He looked back and saw the scorpion pulling its stinger out. 

“You fool!” The frog said as the poison started to paralyze his muscles. “You’ve killed us both! Why would you do such a thing?”

The scorpion shrugged his pincers as the water began to lap over the frog’s back. “You knew what I was when you let me climb aboard your back,” he said. “I’m a scorpion. It’s my nature.”

And they both sank into the water.

Yeah, that’s like the Republicans. It’s their nature to steal. They just can’t help it.

I wonder how much thatgod-awful scarf cost?

5 thoughts on “The Scorpion And The Frog

  1. *Even if* she donated everything to charity, some of it may still be taxable as income. I think she’d also have to file a disclosure form with the state, too.

  2. I, for one, shop at the cheapest possible places and often look like a refugee from a sports pro shop. I think the most expensive piece of clothing I ever bought (other than an interview suit) was Doug Flutie USFL jersey I got off ebay for about $80. Maybe it was a Mark Johnson 1980 USA Hockey Jersey…
    Anyway, I look like crap and for the most part people don’t really seem to care. I dress professionally, but not stylishly at work. Then again, I’m not running for anything, everything I do isn’t photographed and people aren’t critiquing me for looking like crap.
    This column (http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/22/campbell.brown.looks/index.html?iref=mpstoryview) makes an interesting point about how men and women are judged differently in terms of their looks. I agree with the premise that this is true and unfair. When you see men who anchor the news, 50 and 60 year old guys aren’t rare. Women? They’re like fruit: if they’re not ripe and solid, they’re going in the compost bin. Sad, wrong and typically American.
    Should the RNC have spent the money? I try to keep my nose out of other people’s money, but if I were a donor to the group (and I’m assuredly not) I’d think twice about ponying up after this. Still, is this any worse than if your money went to a “Obama is a TERRORIST and HARMS SMALL CHILDREN” ad or to some worthless staffer whose sole job is to get coffee and not spill it when the “Straight Talk Express” bus hits a bump? Elections are generally a giant waste of money in so many ways. Given your love of stats, Jude, I’d like to see what percentage of the overall cash dump this was. I’d imagine it’s akin to me buying my $10 Old Navy sweatshirt.

  3. I’ve wanted to write about the sexism around Palin for a while, but there’s justso much there to talk about. Perhaps another day.
    And, yeah, elections tend to gather money into giant piles, then light them on fire.
    However, if you (and I know that you, Doc, are not this stupid or evil) were a small-time donor to the Republicans, you’d probably want your money to go to those “terrorist” screeds. In fact, you probably believe them. You’d want your cash to go toward winning the election, not buying clothes for someone who already has plenty. She’s a frakkin’ governor, after all. She’s got enough professional wear. And if she wanted to blow her own cash on shopping sprees, nobody could say a word. But that didn’t happen. The RNC spent a lot of donor money and paid for a lavish new wardrobe, when what she already owned would have done fine. Obama and Biden are wearing their own clothes–the DNC didn’t pay to outfit them (I don’t know about McCain’s clothing).
    I think this needs to be a DNC ad, personally. It seems like you could make some hay with it.

  4. i got a niice winter coat-cow printA(pony, i say COW) over $100. before i found n every day faux sherrling at MY resale for $4. i look good despite my apparel. i still have my cow coat.

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