Senator Bob Rucho needs to apologize ASAP

Bob RuchoAs noted in last week’s Weekly Briefing, hyperbole and dramatic overstatements have their place in politics.  That said,  it’s also true that those holding public office should possess some minimal connection to reality and basic human decency. And in these latter two categories, Senator Bob Rucho of Mecklenburg County has raised real questions about his fitness for public office with his public statement on Twitter yesterday that:

“Justice Robert’s pen & Obamacare has done more damage to the USA then the swords of the Nazis,Soviets & terrorists combined.”

As Rabbi Judy Schindler of Charlotte’s Temple Beth El told the Charlotte Observer:

“The systematic murder of 11 million human beings, among them 6 million Jews … and acts of terrorists using explosives to indiscriminately decimate the lives of men, women and children can in no way be compared to legislation aimed at expanding health care accessibility and quality insurance for the poor. Comparing the two is deeply offensive.”

Of course, all who “tweet” have undoubtedly “said” things they’d like to take back. But good grief! State senators ought  to have enough common sense to think about their words before hitting the “Tweet” button. Rucho needs to do much more than “clarify” the intent of his statement; he needs to specifically and unequivocally apologize ASAP.


  1. Candace Young

    December 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

    No words to describe how out of touch you are. Legislators who have climbed in bed with Tea Baggers have unintentionally aroused disgust and comtempt in we who have been apolitical. We are now paying attention and will speak in 2014.

  2. Jim Wiseman

    December 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Maybe an exaggeration, but Obama is certainly in the same column as those mentioned.

  3. Gene Hoglan

    December 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    It’s always some dumb Yankee like Rucho (born and raised in Worcester, MA) who tries to impress the yokels with this brand of stupidity. The rubes should be insulted their corporate paymasters think so little of them.

  4. Ben

    December 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    ^ No Jim. Just stop. A President you disagree with is NOT in the same column as “Nazis, Soviets, and terrorists”

  5. Alan

    December 16, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Yes, that would indeed be an exaggeration. Rucho’s comments are the type of thing we hear of from the “wacko-birds” and the tin-foil hat crazy’s over at World Net Daily.

    If you want to assess damage to the USA, look no further than Cheney/Bush, who caused catastrophic damage to this country’s reputation and standing around the world, something that will most likely take decades to fix.

    As despicable as Rucho’s comments are, I’m all for the hard-right to keep on making these types of statements, as the more they speak, the more damage they do unto themselves…

  6. GOP Rules

    December 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

  7. Jim Wiseman

    December 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Obama has the same motivations as any other tinhorn dictator throughout history; he’s just going about it a different way.

  8. Alan

    December 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm


    President Obama was democratically elected, twice. That does not constitute a dictatorship. You’re letting your hatred of the President blind your judgement.

  9. Jim Wiseman

    December 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Alan, I don’t hate the President, I just love liberty. This President has done little to promote it (and neither did Bush,) and seems to want to control every aspect of our lives. I don’t understand why, if his policies are so great, why do they have to be shoved down our throats?

  10. Alan

    December 17, 2013 at 8:24 pm


    I dont understand your comment of controlling, what specifically is President Obama is trying to control?

  11. Martha

    December 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Sen. Rucho’s comments trumpet his ignorance and arrogance as well as his contempt for North Carolina’s citizens. The comments are not about the President—they are about the Senator’s gross ignorance of history, his obvious intolerance, and his total lack of understanding of current events. An apology from the Senator would have little meaning unless he is willing to educate himself.

  12. Jim Wiseman

    December 17, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Just the fact that Obamacare makes our private medical history and our relationship with our doctor the business of the government is enough to tell me the government has too much control of our lives.

  13. Alan

    December 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm


    Still don’t follow you…. since when has private medical history/doctor relationship been the business of the government? I think you’ve been listening too much to the echo chamber…

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