So Rick Santorum is on the gun range in West Monroe, Louisiana, and he's getting set to fire a few shots at a man-shaped paper target. That's when a woman calls out "Pretend it's Obama!" as he begins to shoot.
Santorum didn't hear her original remark, and condemned it when told what had been said.
Meanwhile, over on Faux News, Geraldo Rivera was blaming Trayvon Martin's choice of clothing for his tragic murder in Florida: "I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was."
President Obama bemoaned the killing of Trayvon Martin, saying that if he had a son "he'd look like Trayvon," and adding,"Obviously, this is a tragedy," he said. "I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together -- federal, state and local -- to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."
Meanwhile, Noot "Somebody Pay Attention to Me!" Gingrich found the president's comments "disgusting", saying: “Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”
There you go, all in the course of one day. One presidential candidate is urged to take a few shots at a target while imagining he's shooting at the President, who's expressed sorrow at the death of an innocent child, but is being criticized for not making his public remorse more inclusive of white folks by another presidential candidate, while a washed up television commentator on Faux blames the shooting on the dead child's questionable taste in clothes.
March 23, 2012, in America.
To paraphrase Jack Crabb from "Little Big Man",
"There was no describing how I felt... the world was too ridiculous to even bother to live in."