I’m with Stupid

New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino may or not be a bigot, but one thing’s for sure:  he is as dumb as a post.  As I’m sure you heard, he went to speak to ultra-Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and told the approving crowd that gay people are “dysfunctional,”  we shouldn’t “brainwash” children into thinking otherwise, and that all children ought to be raised to marry the opposite sex and raise families.  He didn’t mention his own unusual family, wherein he shares child-rearing duties with both wife and mistress, which to a lot of people seems pretty dysfunctional, but never mind….  the Jewish Taliban ate it up and asked no questions.  So far, so good; most righties say the same things all the time, but evidently Paladino realized, belatedly, that New York is not Mississippi, and thus backtracked, lamely:

I am Carl Paladino, a father, a husband, a builder and a business owner. I am neither perfect, nor a career politician. I have made mistakes in this campaign – I have made mistakes all my life – as we all have. I am what I am – a simple man who works hard, trusts others, and loves his family and fears for the future of our State.

Again, no mention of that unusual family of his, with a little Palinesque “I’m stupid, too, so I can’t be all bad” thrown in for good measure.

Yesterday I was handed a script. I redacted some contents that were unacceptable. I did also say some things for which I should have chosen better words. I said other things that the press misinterpreted and misstated. I sincerely apologize for any comment that may have offended the Gay and Lesbian Community or their family members. Any reference to branding an entire community based on a small representation of them is wrong.

Here’s real genius in action; he freely admits that he reads scripts handed him by whatever religious nuts he’s courting that day, and rather than disputing its authors, leaves out some, but not all, of the crazy stuff in it.  Then he, of course, blames the press for his own laziness, cravenness, and blatant pandering to extremists.

My personal beliefs are:

1) I am a live and let live person. That’s pragmatic, given that he takes his 10-year-old love child to campaign events and everything, but since the group he was addressing decidedly does not believe in “live and let live,” his “refudiation” of their views makes him look, well, not too bright.

2) I am 100% against discrimination of any group. I oppose discrimination of any kind in housing, credit, insurance benefits or visitation. Well, that’s a bit more modern than, say, Strom Thurmond, but considerably to the right of New Yorkers.

3) I am 100% against hate crimes in any form. Nobody asked, but if you’re already running out of “virtues” after two, might as well throw it in.

4) I am in support of civil agreements and equal rights for all citizens. I guess he means Civil Unions, but he decided that the moment wasn’t right to say anything too specifically pro-gay, WHEN APOLOGIZING TO GAY PEOPLE.  Sheesh.

5) My position on marriage is based on my personal views. I have the same position on this issue as President Barrack (sic) Obama. I have previously stated I would support a referendum by New York voters. I have proposed Initiative and Referendum so New Yorkers can decide important issues like this. Yeah, just like when Alabama voted to do away with Jim Crow, Carl.  It would also help if you, say, knew how to spell the President’s name, and if your personal definition of marriage weren’t One Man/Several Women.

6) The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an (sic) father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community. But it’s absolutely consistent with what you said just a day ago; I know you didn’t write it, but you did say it, and the portrayal seems pretty apt.

I am concerned with the future for all our citizens, gay, straight, Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim and Agnostic. Although I am not perfect I do admit my mistakes. I will reach out to leaders of the gay community to educate me on how to better represent my support for the rights of all citizens. If elected as your governor I will stand and fight for all gay New Yorkers rights. I ask you for forgiveness on my poorly chosen words and the publication by others not involved with our campaign of unredacted script that did not reflect my oral statement or match my personal feelings. Please go to my website www.paladinoforthepeople.com to learn more detail about the issues including my staunch support for civil rights for all New Yorkers.

Carl Paladino

I guess ol’ Carl needs to go to the Karl Rove school of Lying in Politics.  First, admitting you’re wrong, even if you are, is always a mistake, and apologizing just makes it worse.  You turn off the religious crazies you were initially courting, and the group you initially disparaged isn’t going to believe your fake apology, either.  Much better to attack, misdirect, blame the victims, and quickly move on; you lose less votes that way.  Alas, Carl is a bit too dumb to grasp this, and as a result, has probably spared New Yorkers the embarrassment of having a stupid person for their Governor.

Update:  Sure enough, some Taliban-like rabbi has already withdrawn his prior endorsement of Paladino, and no drag queens have moved over to his side, either.  Quelle surprise.


  1. retzilian says:

    Well, you sure called that one. heh!

    Today I have been reading up on the mortgage explosion. After reading “The Big Short”, none of this comes as a suprise to me, and I’m just kind of happy that I understand a little bit of it, thanks to that book.

    What a disaster. If nobody goes to prison over this, I’ll consider moving to Canada.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I may write about that next… The righty blame game is the best part, since it’s so nonsensical and arithmetically impossible. I’m not moving anywhere, yet, but if the administration actually does anything about it, I’ll eat my hat nonetheless.

  2. retzilian says:

    Unlike the credit default swaps and other financial products that are invisibly traded and leave no paper trail, real estate is a whole ‘nother matter.

    The vast fraud and deliberate malfeasance demonstrated by the “robo” signing and disregard for title integrity is un-fecking-believable.

    Heads will roll. We’ll just have to see how it affects the big picture.

  3. mikeinportc says:

    Lol! .
    Haven’t been paying too much attention to the Carl/ Mario’s Legacy contest, as I plan to do a write-in. [ Any CH readers want to be the Guv, or a Senator ? ;) ] Can’t imagine ol’ Carl could feck it up any worse than it is. Almost ( almost) look forward to it. At lest the Big Top in Albany would be led by a clown .

    Another NYS Clown Show update to CHNN :

    Some local politicians in Sidney ( ~ 35 mi from here, & contrary to the AP , ~ 2230 from NYC) tried to jump on the anti- Muslim bandwagon.The town supervisor, and some board member(2?) tried to make an issue out of a small cemetary at a (Sufi)Muslim community. Well , the wagon’s wheels came came off, & threw ‘em in the ditch. They’re catchin’ it from every direction, both for the venal nature of what they were doing, and for giving Sidney a black eye.Their political careers are probably over . Lol

    • cocktailhag says:

      I couldn’t get the link to work, but it sounds funny, in a depressing kind of way. Admittedly, the NY Governor’s race is far afield for me, but my beat is teh stoopid, too.

  4. mikeinportc says:

    ^ That’s ~230 mi ;)

  5. mikeinportc says:

    That link was about the full town board dropping the matter . There’s a small community of Sufi Muslims there, similar to many others of all stripes, all over upstate NY . (Quaker,Shakers,Amish,Mennonites,the Muslims of America near here, etc.) Sort of like the old Jewish summer camps in the Catskills, except it’s year-round . They’ve been there long enough to have a cemetary. It’s all legal, and never been a problem, until now. The three clowns tried to make it seem as if it was something that they snuck in, without going through proper procedure . ( Kind of like Obama & the birth certificate) They made noises about closing the cemetary, and forcing all the current graves to be exhumed and moved. It’s gotten a lot of national, and international attention, none of it good.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I did hear about that; it would be nice to add such incidents around the country up, and see if we have a trend, hmmm?
      To think I though Republicans were disgusting in the 1980′s.

  6. omooex says:

    “has probably spared New Yorkers the embarrassment of having a stupid person for their Governor.”

    Oh, they’ll probably work around and elect someone stupid anyway. You can’t keep New Yorkers down.

    • cocktailhag says:

      We have a stupid running here, too… Chris Dudley. He’s tall, but not even the righty newspapers endorsed him. Well, since California elected Ronald Reagan, twice, and Washington went with Dixy Lee Ray, and those are just out here, I think all states like to have a stupid governor once in a while. Makes everybody feel smarter.

      • Amen CH. We’re feeling really smart here in Arizona.

        • cocktailhag says:

          …Like the Grinch, whose withered hear grew so many sizes, Arizona brains must be growing like Topsy.
          PS… My longtime friend Denise, former ballerina at Ballet Oregon and occasional commenter here, also took umbrage at the “dog” post; she was in town the other night and, over dinner with our other tour veteran of all those years ago, Jo, let me have it, sort of. I was chastened, again, but I still told her in glowing turns about my new fur (photos to come…), and I could tell she kind of wants to try it on.

          • Hey, I forgot about the “dog post” a long time ago. I went back and read it a second time and didn’t find it nearly as offensive as I did on the first read.

            Anyway, I hope Denise didn’t too upset. She sounds like a good friend.

        • cocktailhag says:

          She is… But I was admittedly a little alarmed at her continuing beauty and youthfulness, after all these years, and said so. Too much clean living…. And with the varmints, to boot.
          Guess it’s too late to switch….