Okay, former U.S. Rep. Dick Armey has never been one of my favorite people, and I think it’s safe to say he’s never been any kind of friend to the LGBT community. (He’s the one who once referred to gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank as “Barney Fag” and then claimed it was an unintentional slip. Whatever.)
But the clip below (taken from Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC) shows Armey at a recent “tea party” gathering outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., protesting the health care reform. Armey was speaking at the rally and defending his former congressional colleague against the horrible lesbian Rachel Maddow, who had dared to disagree with Coburn on something during a recent “Meet the Press” show.
As pointed out on the blog LezGetReal, Maddow has a doctorate in political science from Oxford University (she was a Rhodes Scholar). Coburn is a doctor of medicine with a degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a practicing obstetrician. Armey has a doctorate in economics from North Texas State.
In his speech, Armey derides Maddow as someone with a degree in nothing that matters, and questions her qualifications to debate health care reform with Coburn, a practicing medical doctor. Only then, Maddow points out that she never debated health care reform with Coburn, and that instead, the only exchange between them was about the nasty and violent tone some Republican protests have been taken.
(Maybe it’s just me, but I would think that a doctorate in political science makes Maddow very qualified to debate the tone of politics in this country.)
Like I said, I have never liked Dick Armey, but I think he makes himself look pretty foolish here, first by mischaracterizing the discussion between Coburn and Maddow, by deriding Maddow’s qualifications, by mispronouncing her name and — last but not least — by wearing that stupid hate in public!