Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Offensive, On Two Counts

Governor Paterson of New York is not amused. A segment on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" (video below) featured Arnisen as the legally-blind Chief Executive and portrayed him, noted CNN, "as confused and disoriented -- often looking in the wrong direction and mistakenly walking in front of the camera when it was not his turn to speak."

The following day, the Governor, blind in the left eye and visually-impaired in the right, stated "The idea of a person rolling around the stage in a chair, being disoriented, can't find anything, bumbling, in a sense looking like a clown is a way disabled people are portrayed all the time. The perception that disability equals inability to be responsible is totally wrong."

And as if to prove that bigotry does not preclude elitism, Arnisen/Paterson says of one of New York's adjacent borders:

"Blagojevich? This guy is a criminal. What is he- from New Jersey?"

"Let's get one of those in the Senate. I mean, no matter who we pull out of the freak bin, it'll be better than the garbage pile New Jersey elected."

(In response to "Governor, what have you got against New Jersey?", "Unfortunately, a southern border.")

"Hell, I'll go to Washington. Anything to get further away from New Jersey."

Thus far, as I confirmed today from the his press office, there has been no response from the New Jersey Governor, unlike the apparently more forthright David Paterson. Now, if only the latter applies that backbone in selecting for Hillary Clinton's seat an individual experienced in public affairs rather than succumbing to the lure of celebrity culture....

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