A House Democrat Tweeted a Terrible Joke Comparing Aborted Fetuses and Dick Cheney

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Via The Daily Caller
From a purely tactical standpoint, Democrats maintained momentum during this summer's abortion debate. The impassioned testimony delivered by hundreds of pro-choice women into the wee hours of the morning, Senator Wendy Davis standing for 11 hours to deliver an epic filibuster, the party's David vs. Goliath victory -- all stand as shining examples of democracy in action. Meanwhile, Republicans were busy penalizing Davis for putting on a back brace, altering computer records to sneak a victory and chalking up their defeat to a lawless mob and Davis' failure to realize that she could have been aborted.

But then Representative Gene Wu, a Houston Democrat and absurdly prolific tweeter, made a Dick Cheney/aborted fetus joke:

If life ends when heart stops, then please explain Dick Cheney? #txlege

-- Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 1, 2013

Everyone loves a good Cheney joke, but Wu's is not a good Cheney joke. The only thing that's remotely comical about it is how ridiculously ill-advised it was. Joking about abortion, particularly in the middle of a heated, intensely partisan legislative fight over the procedure, is not something that's wise for an elected official to do.

See also
-- "She was a Teenage Mother Herself" -- Rick Perry Says Wendy Davis Should Know Better Than to Support Abortion

-- Senator Wendy Davis, With Help from a Lot of Pissed Off Texans, Kills Sweeping Abortion Bill

To his credit, Wu realized this pretty quickly. He deleted a tweet and issued an apology:

Alas, it was a bit late for all that. Wu was shouted down by pro lifers on Twitter. Then The Daily Caller picked it up. A writer for TownHall.com declares that it's "Not surprising coming from someone who supports aborting a child at five months."


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Karl Haas
Karl Haas

Life does end when the heart stops. Doesn't Cheney have a pacemaker with a back up battery he carries? That's how he is staying alive. How does this have anything to do with abortion?

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

When will people realize twitter is for idiots and morons?

Katarina
Katarina

I think it's funny!  It's a Cheney joke, not an abortion joke, and anyway, he apologized.  Nothing to see here.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It is not when "Life Begins" but "wanted vs unwanted".

Otherwise a murderer of a pregnant woman could not be charged with two murders, and abortion would be a crime.

The presumption is that she wanted the child since she did not abort.

But to demand all outpatient 1st trimester abortion facilities possess medical facilities or proximity to a hospital when most outpatient facilities of similar risk are not held to the same standard (colonoscopy clinics, for instance), will not hold up in court and will be viewed as an unreasonable denial of service.

And a violation of equal protection.

The courts will strike it down.

kman1432003
kman1432003

Life does end when the heart stops...

kman1432003
kman1432003

How does this have anything to do with abortion?

Pat Shriver
Pat Shriver

No worse than about a million other Cheney jokes that I've heard. However, politicians need to exercise more restraint than late-night comedians.

James080
James080 topcommenter

Thank God for Twitter. It's an amazing tool for helping the rest of us identify fools, bigots and idiots.

monstruss
monstruss

Uh oh, Gene Wu isn't aware of the fact that Dick Cheney's heart runs on the blood of aborted fetuses. Kind of a Catch-22 situation, really.

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

It's not a particularly funny joke and the timing could not have been worse for Texas Democrats.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Here's the view from a somewhat conservative white male: The guy told/tweeted a f'ing joke, and a pretty funny one at that. Not a big deal - get over it!

JustSaying
JustSaying

Wu instantly regretted the joke and apologized saying that he was "velly solly".

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Karl Haas

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? 
A: No. 
Q: Did you check for blood pressure? 
A: No. 
Q: Did you check for breathing? 
A: No. 
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? 
A: No. 
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor? 
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. 
Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? 
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere in Dallas. 


Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@holmantx It's nice to see your conservative views don't interfere with your little gray cells.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Lakewooder I laughed too, funny from the outside but was probably pretty tasteless, then again, its mostly tasteless jokes that comedians live off of right?

James080
James080 topcommenter

@JustSaying  

The thing about getting a tweet from Wu is, within a couple of hours, I'm already craving another one....

ThreeOranges
ThreeOranges

@JustSaying Oh, I get it. Because he's Asian. I saw an Asian person on TV once, and man, they all talk like that! LOL

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TexMarine @holmantx 

They hook you up to a general anesthetic powerful enough to drive a television truck up your ass, snip polyps, take pictures, then walk you to your car to prove you are not driving yourself home.

It's more than taking a pill.

Oxtail
Oxtail

@ScottsMerkin @Lakewooder Hey, if anything Mr. Wu is consistent on his view of life. He doesn't care about the lives of children OR adults.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

@Oxtail 

I bet you're a real hit on the cocktail circuit.

Humor - look it up

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