February 25, 2011

Left Outraged Congressman Didn't Strangle Senior Citizen for Absurd Question/Bad Joke

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun (R) held a townhall meeting Tuesday, and gave the person who drove the longest distance to be at the event the honor of asking the first question. Unfortunately, the questioner asked "Who's going to shoot Obama?," which apparently elicited laughter (nervous, or otherwise?) from other townhall attendees.

Broun responded:

The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The writer covering the event says Broun went on to discuss the Republican budget proposal.

The Secret Service interviewed the questioner and says the comment was a bad joke the person regrets making, and says that they consider the matter closed with no action.

Predictably, left wing blogs have attempted to turn Broun's response to such an unexpected question as a condemnation of him. Raw Story blamed Broun for not taking a more forceful approach, while the always-tedious Think Progress conjured up a reason to blame Broun for the question even being asked.

In retrospect, Broun should have reacted quickly and condemned the statement on the fly, but it is understandable that being surprised by the question, he instead chose to respond by deflecting a question even the Secret Service concluded was just a joke made in very poor taste.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 25, 2011 12:56 PM

No, I think Broun handled it perfectly. There are a lot of people out there who need to laugh to keep from crying, and not all of them are the best joke writers. They do not need to be scolded. They just need to be reminded that we have constitutional remedies - up to and including Impeachment.

"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

Posted by: LibertyAtStake at February 25, 2011 02:59 PM

I have to agree that this was a very good response. This president is actively trying to destroy the US, just as any enemy that we have fought in previous years. As a result, many people are frustrated and scared. They feel that their safety, wealth and way of life are in jeopardy. It is only natural to phrase this in violent terms. Obama and his group have used similar terms in their discourse as well. I have had several patients talk to me in a similar, but less direct manner. All conservative understand that the death of the president would not solver a thing. It would only put his agenda on steroids.

Posted by: david at February 25, 2011 03:26 PM

Apparently it was Broun and staff who contacted the Secret Service and referred the matter to them.

Making your post title exactly correct.

Posted by: Tully at February 25, 2011 04:29 PM

Clean-up @ #4, please!

Posted by: SicSemperTyrannus at February 28, 2011 09:17 AM