As a Basset Hound rescue volunteer for several years, veterinarians had a special place in my world. At least once, I recall blurting out in frustration with a specialist physician, “I’d rather see my veterinarian.” There is little surprise that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wasn’t quite smart enough for vet school dreams. It appears, however, that my admiration for the profession has limits, namely upon reaching Congress.
Who could forget the philandering ex-Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), currently coaxing a puppy poop sample from the nether end of Fido in Lost Wages (Las Vegas)? Ensign left a bible-thumping Congressional boardinghouse on Capitol Hill’s C Street S.E. in sexual dalliance disgrace a couple of years ago.
Enter freshman Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), a Tea Party yahoo still spouting the debunked birther nonsense. Yoho was a Doctor who “went to the dogs” before leaving sensible clinician veterinary science for Right-wing nuttery. Too bad he left the challenges of competent bovine castration for politics.
I don’t know what it is, trained medical professionals seeking a mid-life crisis career change to politics. One would think they were frustrated proctologists seeking a change of scenery. Actually, the specialty they tended to flee was obstetrics and gynecology. Few publicly went as far as Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) who told a fundamentalist audience the science he mastered in physician practice were “lies from the pit of hell.” I doubt Dr. Broun refunded those sky-high doctor bills to his patients. For those of us who have been married before, “That’s different.”
It’s 2013, well into President Obama’s second term as President. The one Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was so intent to deny him. One might think birtherism had been so thoroughly debunked, it would have been banished to the kooky history books along with the Pet Rocks of the 70s or Roswell, N.M. UFOs. Perhaps, it the President was a “Whiter Shade of Pale,” Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse wouldn’t be still searching Oahu for the secret entrance to the Hawaii-Kenya tunnel.
One could think Congress would have more pressing business than the birther nonsense, but House Republicans are past their fortieth attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It turns out that most Americans kinda like that we don’t let insurance companies dump folks for “pre-existing conditions.” Especially in children. It would be a bit much to expect states such as Florida and Texas stop unloading their surplus of idiots on the halls of Congress.
The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. got it right when it named Rep. Yoho their “Knucklehead of the Week.” Psst: It’s not a Jersey compliment, Ted.