BOW Award Time

April 19, 2008

BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award time again, and as always, we have no shortage of nominees.

First on our list of possible winners is Bob Johnson, founder of BET (Black Entertainment Television) and a Hillary Clinton supporter, who said this week that Geraldine Ferraro was right in saying that Barack Obama had an easy path to the White House because he’s black.  (Some of you may remember that Ferraro won a BOW Award for her comments.)  Here’s what Johnson said: 

“What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called ‘Jerry Smith’ and he says I’m going to run for president, would he start off with 90% of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not.”

What’s wrong with this you ask?  Well, first of all, I don’t care who you are or what color your skin is, making broad race-based generalizations is just a bad idea.  But it’s a particularly bad idea when you have your facts wrong.  If you’ll remember, Obama didn’t start with 90% of the black vote.  He didn’t even start with 50% of the black vote.  Early on, Hillary Clinton was attracting overwhelming support from the African-American community, which still thought of Bill Clinton’s Presidency as a high water mark for racial enlightenment in the White House.  (One has to wonder if Bill’s legacy has survived this campaign.)  People were asking (ridiculous though this might seem) whether Obama was “black enough” to win over African American voters.  It took his victory in Iowa and his strong finish in New Hampshire (both of which are overwhelmingly white) to convince black voters that he could win.  That’s when African American voters started supporting Obama in big numbers.

Our second nominee is none other than George W. Bush, who admitted in an interview given last Friday that the next attack on the United States was probably being planned by terrorist networks in Afganistan and/or Pakistan.  This despite the fact that his Administration has been neglecting the war in Afganistan so that it can pursue its failed policy in Iraq.  I refer you to for more on this one.

Third, we have Senator John McCain, the GOP nominee for President, who unveiled his “economic plan” this week.  Turns out his economic plan should have been listed in the papers with an “(R)” around it for “Repeat.”  His plan consisted of preserving the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy (which McCain once characterized as “irresponsible in a time of war”) and instituting a Federal gas-tax holiday (which would encourage people to drive more, thus adding to greenhouse gases which he claims he wants to reduce, increase demand for gas, thus further increasing the price, add billions to the budget deficit, and deny much needed funds to Federal infrastructure repairs).

But this week’s winners (and really, this time around it wasn’t even close) are the goons at ABC who gave us the Debate-from-Hell the other night.  Yes, I speak of Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos.  I blogged about the debate on Thursday and will not go back over that material again, except to say the following:  Not only were their questions irresponsible, not only did they play to the worst aspects of our political system, not only did they demean the candidates, the voters, and the process, several of the questions were based on false reasoning (the capital gains question) or, in the case of at least one of the questions from “real voters”, they were utterly contrived.  I urge you to go to for more on this.  And for those of you so inclined, please go to to register your disgust with ABC by signing MoveOn’s petition.

This week’s BOW Award winners are Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.  Take a BOW, boys.  You’ve earned it.  You should be ashamed of yourselves.


3 Responses to “BOW Award Time”

  1. Tina Parker said

    And here I was so sure that I had your BOW of the Week by Wednesday… so if you’ll take a nomination from the floor. I nominate Representative Davis (his poor constituency) for having the audacity and the stupidity to say the following about Senator Obama.

    “I’m going to tell you something: That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.”

  2. davidbcoe said

    A nomination from the floor!! Wonderful. Sounds worthy of the award, too. Thanks for sharing. Which Rep. Davis is this? (Tennessee has two Congressmen named Davis, including mine — Rep. Lincoln Davis. Both of them are capable of saying something this dumb, though Lincoln is a Democrat. There’s also a Rep. Davis from Virginia, I believe.)

  3. Tina Parker said

    Neither Tennessee nor Virginia has the honor (?) of claiming this dubious Representative. Geoff Davis (Yes, I did cringe at the similarity) is from the fourth district of Kentucky, which runs from Oldham County —outside of Louisville along the Ohio— to county south of Cincinnati.

    We lived in Louisville for eight years and I worked in Oldham County. I don’t remember anybody who would have voted for such a knucklehead.

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