By Will Durst
August 30, 2005
Of course, then the inevitable happened: a few nearsighted malcontents wondered aloud about Robertson's sanity and whether or not he should be herded off to a quiet place in the country and fed a steady diet of strained food, flavored just enough to hide the taste of the industrial strength sedatives. Not to mention a few Venezuelans who took minor umbrage. So Pat reluctantly went back on TV, not to apologize, but to say he didn't really say what we all heard him say. "I didn't say 'assassination' (unh, yes you did). I said our special forces should 'take him out' 'Take him out' could be a number of things including kidnapping." Methinks the Reverend Robertson is either spending very little money on his public relations firm or he has made it his policy to plug his ears and hum "Sugar, Sugar" while they speak.
Robertson denied saying he said Chavez should be killed when he went back on his television show and told his audience that maybe, what he meant to say, was Chavez should only be kidnapped a little. Well, why didn't you say so in the first place? Kidnapping is so much more civilized than out-and-out assassination. Assassination is so final, what with the deadness and all. But kidnapping allows room for doubt, what with the attendant missingness. Much more mysterious and romantic.
When you get right down to it, he's right; the phrase "take him out" could mean many things. It could mean - place him upright next to the garage like a stack of old National Geographics on garbage night. Or maybe - take him out to dinner and then a movie followed by a long slow drive to Inspiration Point with the top down and the "Best of Tony Orlando & Dawn" playing soft and low. He could have meant either of those - but I doubt it.
Daryl Cagle, MSNBC.com
Of course, The Good Rev is being portrayed by the radical right as a wacky uncle who likes his Hot Toddies a tad too much; but remember, this is the guy who once said feminism was responsible for women killing their children, practicing witchcraft and destroying capitalism. So obviously his hold on reality is about as tenuous as a room deposit for Courtney Love's fifth anniversary sobriety party. We can't expect him to lose his television show, but one can only hope his invitations to the Lincoln Bedroom have been assassinated. Or at least kidnapped.
Political comic Will Durst wants to host a show called "The 1PM Club" because that's when he gets up.
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