Pat Robertson said something deranged and murderous, which is nothing new, but it prompted me to do a little research on him. And I was surprised. Did you know his father was a US Senator?
Absalom Willis Robertson (May 27, 1887 – November 1, 1971) was a Democratic politician from the state of Virginia.
Robertson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1932. He served from 1933 until he resigned in 1946 to enter the United States Senate. Robertson had a typically socially conservative Southern Democrat voting record and he was the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1959 until 1966. Robertson served in the Senate from 1946 until 1967. In 1956, Robertson was one of the 19 senators who signed The Southern Manifesto, condemning the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education and the resulting public desegregation. He was defeated for renomination in 1966 and resigned on December 30, 1966.
I don’t know how I went along in life not knowing this.
As for Robertson’s quote … if we go by his recent record of predictions and pronouncements, Chavez will not be killed. But he might eat a bad turkey sandwich and spent 3-4 hours leaning over a toilet.
UPDATE: Quoth Tim Graham.
What’s this doing leading the “Today” show this morning? Since when have they considered either Pat Robertson or Hugo Chavez a global colossus?
We (America) have to suffer through the media’s reportage of shocking statements of dislike for President Bush by such global colossi as Harry Belafonte, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Maines, and Chevy Chase. This is practically hard news by comparison.
Corollary: I wonder if this incident will make it into Bernie Goldberg’s next book, “If You Liberals Kick That Ball Into My Yard Again, I’m Keeping It”.