jeudi 7 avril 2011

The company they keep

Republican media darling du jour (because the bar has become so low that any Republican who isn't batshit crazy or a Mormon can be a media darling) Tim Pawlenty has some 'splainin' to do about the people he hires:
ANKENY, Iowa -- A 15-year-old girl found a campaign worker from Alabama banging on her Ankeny family's back door early Wednesday morning.

Chloe Steward told KCCI she heard her dog barking around 3 a.m. and went to investigate. She said she found a man trying to get into the back door...

"His arm was in my back door, trying to get in and I screamed and went upstairs to my parents room and I continued screaming," said Chloe Steward. “He shoved his arm in here and kept touching the wall, looking for something. I don’t know what he was looking for."

Dad grabbed his gun from a safe and went downstairs.

“The guy was still trying to come in when my husband had a gun on him. My husband must have realized that something is not right – he’s drunk of something,” said Stacey Steward, Chloe’s mother.

Stacey called 911.

“My husband has a gun on him,” Stacey told the dispatcher.

“Your husband has a gun on him?” asked the dispatcher.

“Yeah, my husband’s in our house because he freaked out our daughter. My daughter came upstairs streaming because the guy’s at the back door trying to get into my house,” Stacey told the dispatcher.

Stacey’s husband held Foster at gunpoint until police arrived.

“He kept telling my husband, ‘I’m trying to find Johnson, Johnson.’ He kept saying Johnson. Well, I find out he’s trying to get to Johnston (the town,” said Stacey. “He was so drunk, he thought he was at his friend’s house – is what he told officers.”

Foster isn't just an over-the-transom volunteer, he's a paid staffer. The article doesn't say if Foster is an evangelical Christian. If he is, then it's all good. After all, that would mean that Jesus went through unspeakable torture so that Ben Foster (not the amazing actor Ben Foster, but a chump with the same name) could get so shitfaced that he doesn't know where he is.

But even if he isn't, he doesn't have to worry. Because Foster is only 24, which means that when he runs for Congress himself in five years on a platform of moral restraint, he can call his youthful indiscretion a youthful indiscretion and not sound utterly ridiculous doing it.


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