What does a fence on the United State-Mexico border have to do with goats?
Sen. Minority Whip Trent Lott, R-Miss., was talking to reporters Wednesday about the immigration bill, when he said, “If the answer is ‘build a fence’ I’ve got two goats on my place in Mississippi. There ain’t no fence big enough, high enough, strong enough, that you can keep those goats in that fence.”
“Now people are at least as smart as goats,” Lott continued. “Maybe not as agile. Build a fence. We should have a virtual fence. Now one of the ways I keep those goats in the fence is I electrified them. Once they got popped a couple of times they quit trying to jump it.”
“I’m not proposing an electrified goat fence,” Lott added quickly, “I’m just trying, there’s an analogy there.”
And the analogy is…what? That illegal aliens are like goats who need to be “popped” instead of penned in? And this explains his trashing of shamnesty critics who want full enforcement of our immigration laws, fair treatment for legal immigrants, and an entrance policy that protects national sovereignty…how?
Wait. There’s more:
Acknowledging the flak he’s taken, Lott said Wednesday, “I keep trying to tell everybody ‘calm down, calm down, let me be the one that offends the left, the middle and the right.’ I’m doing great, aren’t I? But it gives you a level of utopia that is just so blissful.”
Huh? Stop, stop already! Agh:
“I don’t worry about offending anybody anymore, ” said Lott, “because I’ve already offended everybody.”
It’s not about offending everybody. It’s about embarrassing the hell out of the GOP. I would invoke that old truism: “‘Tis better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
But there’s no shred of doubt left.
Trent Lott remains, as I dubbed him years ago, the GOP’s eternal Maalox moment.