A race to the bottom

A RACE TO THE BOTTOM…. With right-wing radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh and radical TV preacher Pat Robertson leading the way, it’s been a painful week for far-right rhetoric, especially relating to the nightmarish disaster in Haiti.

But the offensive disaster-related rhetoric isn’t done yet. I’m trying to decide which of these two is more nauseating. Was it this quote from Glenn Beck, blasting President Obama for responding quickly to the catastrophe…

“I also believe this is dividing the nation … to where the nation sees him react so rapidly on Haiti and yet he couldn’t react rapidly on Afghanistan. He couldn’t react rapidly on Ft. Hood. He couldn’t react rapidly on our own airplanes with an underwear bomber … it doesn’t make sense. […]

“Three different events and Haiti is the only one. I think personally that it deepens he divide to see him react this rapidly to Haiti.”

…or this quote from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), urging the Obama administration to quickly deport Haitian immigrants who reached the U.S. illegally.

“This sounds to me like open borders advocates exercising the Rahm Emanuel axiom: ‘Never let a crisis go to waste,'” Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in an e-mail message to ABCNews. “Illegal immigrants from Haiti have no reason to fear deportation, but if they are deported, Haiti is in great need of relief workers and many of them could be a big help to their fellow Haitians.”

The Obama administration, fortunately, has no intention of listening to this kind of advice.

Nevertheless, I’m trying to decide which of these truly insulting remarks is more odious. It’s a tough call.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.