Via Steve Benen comes this recollection of a new member of Congress:
“When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House. I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.”
I guess his dad most likely took him to meet the old geezer, but the weirdness of this recovered memory is just a bit creepy and odd–he seems to recall Reagan as a kind of a party clown plying his gullible audiences with jelly beans (instead of the more complicated balloon animals). And while that may not be very far from the truth, I can imagine these ‘jelly bean clowns’ had a tough go of it in the real world. I can see them easily getting their ass kick by the Shakes the Clown* and his pals from “The Twisted Balloon”. Hell, even Mime Jerry and his posse must of been able to bring the hurt to these ‘jelly bean clowns’ and their fans. Perhaps abuse by clowns is why these Reagan worshipers all became such dicks when they grew up, but I digress.
Quayle-the-Younger is a major idiot. As he gears up to compete in the great Wingnutopia Crazy Sweepstakes of 2011, I expect great humor from him. This entry is very promising.