Roy Blunt: Republicans Like Golfers, Democrats Like Monkeys

Sep 23, 2009 at 9:41 am
If only Roy Blunt could train more of them to be civil -- like this little guy.
If only Roy Blunt could train more of them to be civil -- like this little guy.
You'd think given the allegations of racism swirling about Washington D.C. these days, a tenured politician like Congressman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) would do anything he could to steer clear of rhetoric that might be perceived as having bigoted overtones.

But then, Blunt was speaking to a decidedly politically incorrect crowd last Friday when he addressed a conference sponsored by the religiously conservative Family Research Council.

As the Huffington Post observes this week, Blunt began his speech to the mostly white audience with an anecdote. Blunt told how in the early 1900s British occupiers in India decided to carve a golf course out of the verdant jungle of the subcontinent. The colonialists completed the task, but were then shocked when their golf game was disrupted by monkeys that would bound out of the jungle to mess with the white balls.

Per Blunt:
"..I could go into great and long detail about how many things they did to try and eliminate the 'monkey problem.' But they never got it done, so finally this golf course and this golf course only, they passed a rule and the rule was - you have to play the ball where the monkey throws it. [audience laughter swells] And that is the rule in Washington all the time. You know... [clapping from audience]"
Continue on to see a video of the speech from the man who wants to be Missouri's next U.S. senator.