September 03, 2004
But big fuck yous go to Fox News and Republican Congressman Vito Fossella of New York. This is how Fox ends their report:
"Who knows? It could be the result of a successful Republican convention, said Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., of Clinton's chest pains. "In all seriousness, though, I am sure the entire nation wishes the president well.""Seriously—we hope he dies."
Everyone knows how viscerally the right despised and still despises Bill. And I'm sure most people have at some point in their lives wished that a president of the opposing party would meet an untimely end; it's a natural manifestation of partisan frustation. And that's all it is, just a focal point for disenfranchisement, certainly nothing to be said "out loud," and, you would expect, never something to come out of the mouth of an elected official, it would be beyond the pale.
Fossella's remarks—and the fact that Fox decided to give this jackass the last word on the matter—are vile and should be loudly denounced by the leadership. This ugly, chickenshit behavior, though, will likely be silently rewarded (Fossella played "good soldier" a few years back by leading the opposition to Clinton's grant of clemency to members of the FALN terrorist group), and is increasingly all we can expect from the party these days.
UPDATE: From the wires:
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally.President Bush. Class act.
Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
UPDATE AGAIN: AP got it wrong. No booing from the Wisconsin crowd.
Interestingly enough, Fox has massively rewritten their piece linked to above; no Fossella quote. Into the memory hole.