Thursday, August 26, 2010

Simpson’s “D’oh!”

Alan Simpson, the former senator from Wyoming and now a member of President Obama’s deficit commission, has a reputation for being earthy and humorous. Well, recently the two collided, and he’s probably trashed his future as a serious contributor to the public discourse.

Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming, who became an instant You-Tube star earlier this summer with a rant against senior citizens, is at it again big-time.

Evidently smarting mightily—and mighty belatedly—from an April 27th Huffington Post blog by Ashley Carson, Executive Director of the Older Women’s League (OWL), Simpson fired off an email Monday. He accused Carson of lying and “babbling into the vapors about disgusting attempts at ageism and sexism and all the rest of that crap.” Piling on the sexist rhetoric, he then instructed her to read a graph which “I hope you are able to discern if you are any good at reading graphs.”

Declining to address whether or not he accepts his own Social Security benefit (he’s pushing 80), Simpson saves the best for last: “And yes, I’ve made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know ‘em too. It’s the same with any system in America. We’ve reached a point now where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!”

Gee, I wonder why he never got that job in the Diplomatic Corps.

Mr. Simpson has since apologized, but I think he’s probably going to find himself heading back to Wyoming where, as Annie Laurie notes, he can resume spending his retirement dough — including Social Security — that he earned while on the public payroll. Oh, and since he comes from a state that has a large number of cows, he can learn that cows have teats, not tits.