Cue the drum roll ...
Today, after a long hiatus, we bring back the Ass Clown of the Month Award!
It's been about six months since our last award, and it's not for lack of suitable candidates ... the problem - as ever - is that there are so many candidates, and they're all so well-qualified, that it's been too hard to choose.
But finally we have a clear standout candidate for designation as the June 2012 Ass Clown of the Month ... Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Kentucky).
I have long been in awe of Senator McConnell's prowess at ass clownery, but he made his breakout grab for stardom this week when he published this op-ed article in yesterday's Washington Post: The Dangers Disclosure Can Pose to Free Speech.
Yes, Dear Readers, in this amazing article, Senator McConnell argues that it is important that - "in the face of alarming harassment and intimidation of Americans actively engaged in the political process" - it is more critical than ever that donors to political campaigns be able to hide their funding of individual parties and candidates behind a veil of secrecy.
According to Senator McConnell, good citizens who wish to exercise their right to protected political speech by investing large amounts of money in political campaigns are an endangered species, because the Evil Government is intent on silencing them by engaging the full oppressive might of "the Federal Communications Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services, and even through a proposed executive order aimed at denying critics government contracts."
Oddly enough, Senator McConnell seems to be not at all concerned that ordinary citizens might have a vested interest in knowing who is spending huge, unrestricted amounts of money on behalf of candidates who later might possibly owe favors to those contributors.
No, Senator McConnell is concerned only with protecting campaign donors (and their money) from the heavy hand of a government hell-bent on exposing them to the light of public scrutiny.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Ass Clown of the Month - Senator Mitch McConnell. Brought to you by ... an anonymous donor.
Have a good day. You are not entitled to know who it is who is funding that wish.
More thoughts tomorrow.