Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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I can hear the LePage apologists already. "It's no big deal," they'll say. "The governor is a passionate man and his temper momentarily got the best of him."
Oh, really? Then explain why, after reporter Merrill flat-out warned him the Vaseline remark "is going to offend some people," LePage came back a third time to the microphone and replied, "Good! It ought to! Because I've been taking it for two years!"
Hear that, Mom? Hear that, Dad? Your governor thinks it's "good" that he just forced you to explain to Junior what Vaseline has to do (or not) with the functioning of Maine's state government.
And if that upsets you, LePage is fine with that too. In fact, he thinks you "ought to" be offended.
Thursday evening, as news of LePage's latest -- and by far greatest -- roll through the gutter flashed on TV screens all over Maine, WCSH anchor Pat Callaghan felt compelled to preface the story during his 5:30 p.m. newscast with this warning:
"We're about to put on screen what the governor said in response (to Jackson) and some of our viewers who may find it distasteful may want to hit the mute button and turn away for the next 20 seconds or so."
Think about that, fellow citizens. Your local news is now warning, before reporting on what your governor said today in the normal conduct of his duties, that you might want to block your eyes and turn down the volume.
What's next? A 10-second delay every time LePage opens his mouth lest the TV stations run afoul of the FCC?
The simple truth is that LePage is not and never will be the leader he purports to be.
He's a thug, far more suited to the urban streets he once roamed than the halls of government he now disgraces.
He's also a coward. Rather than even attempt to do the difficult job that a minority of Mainers elected him to do, he hides behind his ignorance and, when push comes to shove, shames his entire state with an off-the-cuff obscenity.
Not politically correct, Governor? How about, "I'm truly sorry. I forgot there are children out there who might hear me. Please accept my deepest apology."
Then, for once in your life, shut up.
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