Kansas Republican Prays For Death Of President Obama; Follows Up With Racial Slur Against First Lady. Apologizes (Poorly) When Caught (IMAGE)

Kansas continues to beg the question: “What’s the matter with Kansas?” Late last week, Kansas Speaker of the House, Mike O’Neal, “apologized” for forwarding a pair of emails that, in turn, called for the death of President Obama and then referred to the First Lady as “YoMama.”

The first email makes a reference to Psalm 109:8 and part of it reads:

“At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”

If 109:8 sounds familiar, it should. It was quite popular among the right several months ago. Let’s look at the verse, shall we?

Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

Well, that’s not too bad. Of course, you would have to ignore the rest of the Psalm, specifically the next line:

Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.

Ah. So that’s why it was so popular! Of course, no one admits that they are praying for the president to die (wink, nudge, hur hur hur). But that’s about as believable as “I’m not racist! Some of my best friends are black!”

And speaking of racism. The “Yomama” email had this picture:

Normally, I would find this mildly amusing and move on, but the text of the email just gave it that extra tasty conservative flavor of unnecessary racism:

 “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”

Of course, one could ask where all this outrage at presidential vacations was when Bush took more than double the time off that Obama has at this point in their respective presidencies. One would not be hopeful of receiving an answer, though. And what, precisely, does her color have to do with anything?

Oh wait, O’Neal is a Republican, they ooze racism like Mitt Romney oozes fake sincerity.

But once his emails came to light, Speaker O’Neal was quite apologetic. For the prayer, O’Neal insists that he was only referring to the presidents’ days in office. As mentioned previously, this is what EVERY person confronted with this quote claims. And yet, despite knowing how it is viewed by everyone that is not a lying weasel, they still keep using it. Kind of undermines the excuse.

For the blatant racism, O’Neal falls back on utter banality:

O’Neal said he forwarded the email “too quickly missing the text included in the body of the email.” He added, “To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not my intent.”

Ah. This is exactly the kind of eye for detail I would want from my Speaker. It speaks highly of his ability as a leader. But more likely, as a person happily praying for the death of our first black president, whose color obviously has nothing to do with it, O’Neal knew exactly what he was sending out and just didn’t care. In a deep Red state like Kansas, O’Neal will pay no political penalty for being a racist and publicly despising President Obama. None at all. What’s the matter with Kansas?

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