Anvil of Reason Award Winner: Rep. Virgil Peck

March 16, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

When I used to appear for a regular segment on "The Ed Norris Show" -- before it switched to a sports format -- one of my favorite parts of the program was the daily "Shovel of Wisdom," given to the person in the public eye that day utterly lacking in common sense.

In this space, I'd like to introduce a similar feature. We'll call it the "Wile E. Coyote Anvil of Reason" award for the person who most needs a dose of brutal cartoonish enlightenment.

Our first winner is a very deserving candidate. Meet Kansas lawmaker Virgil Peck. (Poster created by the Center for American Progress.)

A member of the state legislature, Representative Peck knows how to wear a suit. But he also has some very insightful comments about how to best fix our complicated, outmoded immigration system.

While his committee was debating this week whether to control the wild hog population by shooting them from helicopters, Peck decided it was time to share his insights with the world.

"If shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem," Peck told a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee.

He's since apologized.

Apology accepted. Nevertheless, for suggesting that 1) immigrants are "feral hogs" and 2) they should be shot from the sky by men in helicopters, Representative Peck has turned what would have been a heated race for the "Anvil of Reason" into a landslide victory.

Congratulations, Mr. Peck. It's quite an honor.

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