Remember this month’s winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award), Gerald Allen? He’s the drooling halfwit state rep from Alabama who wants to ban all books and plays that have a gay character in them. Well guess what? He was at the White House this week. At the request of the President, no less:
Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked him if this was his first invitation to the White House. “Oh no,” he laughs. “It’s my fifth meeting with Mr Bush.”
Yikes. When I wrote about Allen, I assumed that he was just some fringe nut. Even in Alabama, and even among the religious right, this guy is on the fringes, right? Well, apparently not. State representatives are pretty much the bottom rung of elective politics. The average state rep would be thrilled just to be invited to buy a place at a fundraising dinner with the President in his home state so he could get his picture taken and hang it proudly in his office as evidence that he’s Somebody and he gets to hang out with the big boys. To get an invitation to the White House to meet with the President? If that happens to even 1 out of 1000 state reps around the country, I’d be surprised. So who gets this rare opportunity? This flaming moron. It’s not easy to put a positive spin on this story.