There are some weeks that I feel as if I'm piling on. This is one of them. This week's "honoree" said something egregiously stupid, hateful, and idiotic. He also lost his magic wingnut dog whistle code book. And that is why Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Roll Tide) is malaka of the week.
Brooks, hitherto an obscure back bencher, came on my radar screen with an appearance on talk radio and then kept going and going like the Energizer bunny of malakatude:
Since Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) claimed on Monday that Democrats have launched a "war on whites," he has continued to explain how he thinks Democrats inject race into political issues.
Brooks initially made the remarks on Laura Ingraham's radio show.
"This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else," he told Ingraham, referring specifically to the crisis at the border.
Brooks stood by his characterization and told AL.com Monday that Democrats have been "attacking whites based on skin color."
"The Democrats routinely make appeals based on race and they get away with it. It's repugnant to ever make an appeal based on race," he said.
On Tuesday, Brooks told USA Today that "if you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians — whites."
And in an interview on NewsmaxTV's "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Tuesday, the congressman made a similar comment.
“Embedded in federal statutes, what is the one race that can be discriminated against? As a matter of law. What is it?” he asked, according to a clip recorded by Mediaite.
“White males?” Steve Malzberg asked in response.
“Not just white males, but all whites," Brooks then responded.
Hey, at least he's not sexist, except for when he votes in the House chamber, that is…
Who else remembers when one of the right's greatest hits was that liberals were whiny pukes forever playing the victim card? It was not that long ago, y'all. Now it's all poor me, the mean old negro President hates whitey. We could all do with less of this from Brooks and other GOPers; Mo or less…
The other amusing thing about No Mo Brooks' comments is his failure to abide by the tried and tested rules of the GOP playbook: Speak in code. Don't be specific, which means that people will call you on your malakatude and Mo or less mock you relentlessly. Here's Charlie Pierce's take on how Malaka Mo lost his wingnut code book:
Now, as all good conservatives know, this is not how we speak when anyone who is Not Of The Body may be listening. We speak then only of "values," and "hard-working Americans," and "Christian nations," and, if we want to be real high-caliber hypocrites on a couple of levels, we speak of the embattled "middle class." We all know what those who are Of The Body mean when they use these terms. We do not speak plainly of these things. These things are understood.
Malaka Brooks needs to consult with Paul Ryan, and not talk about on the "war on white people" no Mo. In fact, #waronwhites has been trending on da Twittah all week, which should be a clue to dial it back.One would hope that he'd have younger relatives or interns to tell him to STFU. Time to get back to basics and talk about the "urban population" instead of being so blatantly, whinily racist, Mo man. Even David Dukke briefly dialed it back until he moved to Honkystan in the former Soviet Union.
One begins to think that Brooks is thick: Slow Mo kept giving us instant replays all week. I found it delightful but, then again, I find Michelle Bachmann, Steve King, and Ted Nugent amusing as well. The whole Reince Priebus rebranding thing isn't going very well, is it?
I'd like to thank Mo Brooks for having a punworthy name to go with his tiny pea brain and his big bazoo. He is the peckerwood's peckerwood, the cracker's cracker, and that is why he is malaka of the week
Writing this post gave me another earworm. I guess that's because Mo is "just another white boy with the disco blues" even though he doesn't know it: