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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ohio Democratic Chair Chris Redfern Channels Dick Cheney: Drops the F-Bomb At Political Rally

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Republicans are feigning outrage after Ohio's Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern called opponents of healthcare reform "fuckers." He seems to have had Tea Party activists in mind. Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a similar opinion about critics of George W. Bush. On the Senate floor in 2004, Cheney told Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, to "go fuck himself." The U.S. Senate is supposed to be an august body with a bit more decorum than a political rally with union steelworkers. That's where Redern uttered his expletive. Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin Dewine pounced on Redfern for boorish behavior. But I can't find anything that shows Dewine ever said anything that took offense to Cheney's foul mouth on the Senate floor.

Here's Dewine about Redfern: “No one likes trailing in the polls but Ohioans deserve better than angry speeches full of name-calling and profanity. It’s certainly far from the political of post-partisanship that the Democrats promised two years ago. Let’s show a little class.”

Cheney remains unrepentant and said earlier this year that blurting out the obscenity was "sort of the best thing I ever did." Here's more on that: "(Newser) – As potty-mouthed vice presidents go, Dick Cheney is utterly unrepentant about his 2004 slip of the F-bomb in which he told Pat Leahy to go 'fuck yourself.' Dennis Miller on his radio show yesterday thanked the former veep for 'almost kicking Patrick Leahy's ass,' reports Think Progress. Cheney responds: 'You'd be surprised how many people liked that. That's sort of the best thing I ever did.'

In a counterintuitive way, Cheney is correct. It certainly wasn't the worst thing he ever did in office. Yep, Cheney did way worse than that.

Matt Naugle at Right Ohio is shedding tears, obviously crocodile tears, about Redfern.

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