Remember how the Jefferson County Commission voted to allow two commissioners to give $15,000 to support a conference put on by the right-wing Eagle Forum? Yeah, me too. Despite some outcry from taxpayers, the Commission went ahead with the donation, and yesterday the Eagle Forum brought Phyllis Schlafly to town.
Schlafly, wearing her usual red power suit, spoke to about 350 people, mostly older and almost all white [I'm stunned], at the Eagle Forum of Alabama’s 27th annual leadership conference. It was a get-together paid for in part with the help of a $15,000 donation of public tax dollars from the Republican-dominated Jefferson County Commission.
In an hourlong and sometimes rambling presentation, Schlafly said she senses a defeatist attitude among conservatives looking ahead to the fall’s presidential election. In a thinly veiled shot at presumptive GOP nominee John McCain, Schlafly told the crowd to take heart, that real conservatives took “control of the party in 1964 and again in 1980 and we can do it again.”
McCain’s conservative credentials long have been questioned by social conservatives such as Schlafly.
Schlafly told the group that if they were unhappy with “our” candidates, to look at the other party.
“But, don’t you feel sorry for the Democrats?” Schlafly said. “They have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.” [Gosh, yes, isn't it dreadful to be forced to choose between two good candidates who happen to be a woman and a black man? I'm sure Phyllis would find that too icky for words.]
The crowd burst into applause.
She spent part of her hour railing against the threat to national security posed by gay marriage and told the crowd we need more Supreme Court justices like Clarence Thomas. Well, gosh, at least she didn’t endorse anyone. I guess her McCain hatred will protect her tax-exempt status, at least for now. It doesn’t matter; I still want my money back.