And from the former chairman of the Oconee County Democratic Party, no less.
Dan Matthews, Jr., who once chaired the Democratic Party of Oconee County, and who blogs at Oconee Politics (hosted at OconeeDemocrat.blogspot.com – the former official site of the ODP), posted some very poorly-thought-out comments about Representative Charlie Norwood, who, as was reported here, declined further treatment in Washington for his failing health, and has returned to hospice care at his Augusta home.
Showing his personal stripes as a hateful, callous “progressive,” Matthews, under the title “Charlie Norwood coming home; won’t resign seat,” made such sensitive and appropriate comments about Norwood as, “Oddly he may actually make a case for Dr. Kevorkian style euthanasia in his waning days,” and “…if he is refusing treatment, the least he could while still alive is to resign the seat with dignity intact” (emphasis added). That last had the obligatory “We certainly wish the best for Congressman Norwood” tacked on to the front of it, but, given the context, it does not seem possible that any eight-word phrase could ring more hollow.
Referring to options in that seat in the event that Norwood passes away during this term in Congress (something which we have done here, as well), Matthews said that “Governor Perdue will have to call a special election after Norwood’s evidently eventual extinction” (emphasis added), and offered up Terry Holley, the Democrat nominee whom Norwood defeated 67.4% to 32.6% in November, as a candidate, citing the fact that it will be “a non-partisan election so he may actually have a chance this time.”
On that count, Matthews is calling on Terry Holley, should he choose to run, to do so under the dishonest pretense that he is a non-partisan or independent candidate. The qualifying form for the special election specifically asks party affiliation, leaving it as a blank to be filled in. However, a candidate can voluntarily check the box next to “independent” and run as a non-partisan — even if he was the Democratic nominee only three months ago, and even though doing so would clearly be an attempt to trick people into voting for someone who claims to be independent to mask the handicap (in that district) of being a Democrat.
With regard to the post in question, though, Matthews ends with this incomprehensible conclusion: that the sickness of a man whom he has just called on to resign or be the victim of “Dr. Kevorkian style euthanasia” in his “eventual extinction” somehow “proves an old adage one step further: Republicans want to control how you are born, how you live and how you die, and now it seems control your life after they die.”
Figure that one out. The only thing conclusive and comprehensible about that comment — and about the post that preceded it — is this: Dan Matthews, Jr. is so full of sickening hatred for an unwell old man that I really do, very simply, feel sorry for him. It must be excruciatingly painful to live every day under the weight of that much hate.
Again, I offer best wishes to Mr. Norwood and his family — and the hope that they can be comforted, at peace, and sheltered from vitriolic rants such as this in their final time together.