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Did Congressman Roy Blunt Imply That A “Monkey” Was In The White House?

September 22, 2009

RoyBluntAs much as I appreciate a good joke, sometimes it is important to wade in the deep waters of prudence.  This is especially true in politics.  However in friendly confines, we forget to apply our sense of decorum, and can indulge in a bit of off-color banter.  Is this what Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) was doing when he spoke to the Conservative Values Voters conference last weekend?  The congressman told an anecdote about the atmosphere in Washington D.C., comparing republicans to imperial British agents in India having to contend with a horde of monkeys.  Here’s an excerpt:

“I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the ‘monkey problem.’ But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was – you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time.”

You can see that part of his speech to the voters in the clip below.

While I am sensitive to anything that poisons an already toxic debate in Washington, I am not overly sensitive in cases like this.  Could he have used different words in describing his party’s fight?  Sure.  I don’t think this rises to the level of an out and out racist rant.  Believe me.  I know what those sound like.  What do you think?  Subtle racism, or plain old anecdote?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 12:36 am

    You know after a speech like that he’s going to raise a couple of millions by next week.

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      September 23, 2009 7:09 am

      Absolutely. That’s probably one of the reasons why he made it.

      Thanks for checking out my blog People. Don’t be a stranger!

  2. jackie robinson permalink
    September 23, 2009 3:59 pm

    after roy blount’s speach we as americans to the rest of the world really look like idiots. it is remarkable to know that some people are so hateful and misserable. we should be ashamed of ourselves. first that we kept out mouths and eyes closed for the last 8 years when the country was going to crap no to mentioned countless scandals of homesexuality adultry drukeness embessalments and corrupction that took place under the last admis. how can roy blount make such a statement and be proud of that not to mentioned raised little ones who will grow up just like him or worst. this is discusting and i’m so embarrassed.

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      September 23, 2009 4:02 pm

      I couldn’t put it any better Jackie. People don’t seem to care if they offend anyone anymore. At least have the decency to keep your hatred to yourself.

      Thank you for coming to the blog. I hope to hear from you again.

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