Redneckery is the gift that just keeps on giving. Apparently, Idaho doesn’t have enough homegrown rednecks, so one politician wants to import more. With this, he will make sure the world learns that in the Potato State rednecks haven’t been replaced by latte-sipping metrosexuals.
Just as the hullabaloo over Salmon’s Predator Derby peaked over the weekend, with wolf-lovers and wolf-haters duking it out in comment boards and polls while youth hunters prepared to take to the field to plug coyotes and wolves at the behest of their parents, it was revealed that controversial Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson will headline a March fundraiser for former Idaho Speaker of the House and candidate for Secretary of State Lawrence Denney. Robertson is a born-again Christian who says he repented after a life that included once throwing his family out of the house, carousing and beating up a bar owner and the owner’s wife. He talked about sin, salvation, gays, non-Christians and the condition of blacks in pre-civil-rights Louisiana in an interview in GQ magazine this month. A&E network suspended him after it was published.
In one of several factually empty statements that ignore American history, he said he had hoed cotton with African-Americans and that they were godly, happy and “no one was singing the blues.”
Denney said, “Our family proudly stands in support of the Robertson family in the modeling and expression of our Christian family values and heritage.” Aside from Denney’s support for First Amendment rights, reading that was a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding moment.
Robertson is an entertainer. His comments are his own. Denney is not an entertainer and his comments could become the public face of Idaho if he becomes one of its top elected officials.
Idaho has sustained enough black eyes without Denney giving it another. He’s become a political quack who should waddle off into the sunset to escape the verbal buckshot that should trail him through any campaign.