Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Now We Know What Democrats Really Think Of NASCAR Fans

Back in 1992, Bill Clinton had the bad judgement to show up for a campaign appearance at a NASCAR race. He was booed. He blamed the crowd's reaction on a right with plot. Apparently, this was the first manifestation of that vast right-wing conspiracy.

The Democrats seem to remember all that. And have advised staff visiting NASCAR tracks to get the same series of vaccinations that are required before visiting third world countries. It reminds me of the time when Clinton's Secret Service wore blue gloves when AIDS activists were invited to the White House.
NASCAR fans might seem rabid, but are they actually contagious?

Getting a hepatitis shot is standard procedure for travelers to parts of Africa and Asia, but some congressional aides were instructed to get immunized before going to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord and the racetrack in Talladega, Ala.

The House Homeland Security Committee planned a fact-finding trip about public health preparedness at mass gatherings and decided to conduct the research at two of the nation's most heavily attended sporting events, NASCAR's Bank of America 500 event this weekend and the UAW-Ford 500 last weekend.

Staff who organized the trips advised the NASCAR-bound aides to get a range of vaccines before attending -- hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and influenza.

Rep. Robin Hayes, a Republican from Concord, took umbrage when he heard about it.

"I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and as the representative for Concord, N.C., I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown," Hayes said in an Oct. 5 letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the Homeland Security panel.

"I have been to numerous NASCAR races, and the folks who attend these events certainly do not pose any health hazard to congressional staffers or anyone else," Hayes added.


Tom Forbes said...

And any place that these "undesirable social classes" would intrude, such as Wal-Mart, must not be allowed.

Democrats, the party of the common man.

what the ..... said...

What the....if anyone was to ever speak of any one group of people the way Nascar fans are talked about, we would have riots all over the place....

Satanic Mechanic said...

I have heard this story and let me add to it. I have a friend in Concord, home of Lowe's speedway. The owner of the track wants to build a dragstrip but the county will not let him. The owner is threatening to demolish the speedway and move to a northern county if he does not get the building permit.
Guess what? It is an election year for that county. Those who have denied the permit will feel the wrath of the NASCAR fan vote.