Joe Scarborough could learn a lot from Foster Friess.
Unlike Scarborough, who wouldn’t admit he was wrong and came out looking like a fool this week. Mr. Friess is at least humble enough to know when he’s said something really stupid and willing to admit it publicly. That’s not easy to do when you have to admit it to the entire nation.
Rick Santorum’s Super PAC money man Foster Friess has asked for our forgiveness. Okay, he is forgiven for the bad “joke.” Or as I prefer to call it, falling victim to a Michael Kinsleyism, which in Washington is defined as a gaffe a person makes when he or she inadvertently speaks the truth.
Last week my joke at the Conservative Political Action Conference generated laughter and media attention. Today on Andrea Mitchell’s show, my aspirin joke bombed as many didn’t recognize it as a joke but thought it was my prescription for today’s birth control practices. In fact, the only positive comments I got were from folks who remembered it from 50 years back. Birth control pills weren’t yet available, so everyone laughed at the silliness on how an aspirin could become a birth control pill.
After listening to the segment tonight, I can understand how I confused people with the way I worded the joke and their taking offense is very understandable. To all those who took my joke as modern day approach I deeply apologize and seek your forgiveness. My wife constantly tells me I need new material—she understood the joke but didn’t like it anyway—so I will keep that old one in the past where it belongs.
What is not forgiven is his backing of a religious conservative candidate whose intentions are to strip women of rights granted us through fights in the court we’ve won.
What is not forgiven is the Old Coot routine that is elevating and keeping alive Rick Santorum, a misogynist, homophobic, blue collar charmer whose brand of snake oil would unleash a war with Iran.
What is not forgiven is Foster Friess is yet another rich white fat cat who thinks it’s okay for a select few to buy a nomination and the presidency.
Other than that, he’s forgiven, though we all know through his backing of Rick Santorum that like his religious conservative friend, this entire team believes the purpose of women is to be the rock behind a man, instead of her own island where she grants him sanctuary when he needs it.