Anvil of Reason award winner: Rep. Louise Slaughter

April 09, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Well, here we are again folks. It's time for the much-anticipated, much-celebrated, much-adulated presentation of the "Wile E. Coyote Anvil of Reason Award," which as you know is given to that person in the news most needing a dose of common sense in the form of brutal cartoonish enlightenment.

This week's much-coveted award goes to U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D., N.Y.). Congress member Slaughter gets the honor for worst use of hyperbole in discussion of a political matter. When discussing Republican intentions in the budget debate, she claimed -- and this was not a joke -- that Republicans were actually trying to murder women. 

"Now, they're here to kill women," Slaughter (appropriately named) said during a rally against proposed GOP cuts (video below).  

Slaughter's point was that Republicans have proposed (among other reductions) cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides some health care services for women. But that is a far cry from literally walking around with the intent to kill women like Jack the Ripper. Many agencies that provide medical and health services do not receive federal funding and their private funding sources do not result in a proliferation of crazed conservative serial killers. 

To make matters worse, Slaughter then went on to commit the Cardinal sin of debate class: Comparing your opponent to the Nazis. Whoever does this, we all know, automatically loses the argument. 

"It's sort of like an old Nazi German movie," Slaughter said. 

Rep. Slaughter, you might disagree with the Republicans' proposed budget cuts, but calling your fellow legislators murderers and Nazis only makes you look foolish. 

For the above reasons, we're pleased to provide you with this week's "Anvil of Reason" award. I'm sure it will be placed above your fireplace for all your friends to see. 

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