The Worst Life Form In The Universe (Today)
State Rep. DebraLee Hovey to Gabby Giffords: Stay out of my towns!
Naturally, of course, when word got around that she had gone public with her campaign to win the coveted title of Worst Life Form In The Universe, there was backing and filling and enough tap-dancing to produce a remake of On The Town.
“The remarks I made regarding Congresswoman Gifford’s visit were insensitive and if I offended anyone I truly apologize,” Rep. Hovey said. “My comments were meant to be protective of the privacy of the families and our community as we work to move on, and were in no way intended as an insult to Congresswoman Giffords personally. Our community has struggled greatly through this tragedy, and we are all very sensitive to the potential for this event to be exploited for political purposes. This is what I wish to avoid.”
First of all, that “if I offended anyone” up there is truly classic weasel-speak. Read the comments on the original Hartford Courant item, ma’am. It’s fairly clear that there ain’t no “if” about it. And note that the original rancid point — that Gabby Giffords’ visit to Newtown somehow was politically exploitative — is restated at the end of the rote apology in a lovely bit of passive-aggression. I think people like this, as the late Molly Ivins once put it, would gag a maggot. And, if I have offended Rep. Hovey by saying that, I truly apologize.