Video: Dems Avoid NASCAR Cooties

14 10 2007

Filed under: NASCAR, Talladega, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Democrats, Liberalism, Immunization

Are you a NASCAR fan living in the south, notably, Alabama or North Carolina? If so, you are less than normal, and certainly not worthy of being in the presence of a prestigious member of the elite Democrat party conducting health facility inspections. They recommended Democrat staffers obtain immunizations before visiting health care facilities at the two race tracks.

Race fans didn’t appreciate an advisory by the Democratic head of the Homeland Security Committee telling aides to get a series of immunizations before heading down to investigate health care facilities at the Talladega Super Speedway in Talladega, Ala., and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Washington Times story here.

The Huntsville Times blog has more details:

In an e-mail, a staffer who works for committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., noted an “unusual need for whomever attending to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B,” as well as “the more normal things — tetanus, diphtheria, and of course, seasonal influenza.”

The note didn’t explain why the committee saw such concern. It didn’t mention NASCAR or the races at the tracks at all. But the implication was enough to draw a snarky complaint from Republican Rep. Robin Hayes, whose district includes Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

“I have never heard of immunizations for domestic travel, and … I feel compelled to ask why the heck the committee feels that immunizations are needed to travel to my hometown,” wrote Hayes.

Thompson responded to Hayes that such immunizations are “are recommended for public safety professionals working in areas such as hospitals, holding areas and similar locations.” But the staffers were only scheduled to visit a few health care facilities — not work at them.

“What do they know about NASCAR that we don’t?” said Dr. David Weber, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Weber said everyone should be up to date on standard vaccinations, he but saw no need for special vaccinations to visit a health care facility or a NASCAR event. Debbie Crane, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said such shots are recommended for “general health” for all adults — but not for any specific circumstance.

The kicker comes from Lowe’s Motor Speedway President, Humpy Wheeler:

“The very idea of immunization is laughable,” he said . “It’s like taping your ankles to go to the mailbox.”

In typical southern politeness, Wheeler responds to calumny with comedy. I don’t think liberal Democrats will ever get it. Instead of simply behaving like Americans, these elitists feel an overwhelming obligation to shun potential voters with a gratuitous cheap shot.

The Republican Congressional Committee made a video, appropriately titled, “NASCAR Cooties:”

Of note, last year, liberal, biased NBC planned to attempt a sting operation at a NASCAR race before they were exposed by an insider who informed Michelle Malkin. Now the party the networks support is responding in kind and excreting more of their “elitist” droppings on fellow Americans.

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