State GOP has mad cow disease

Following an incident Tuesday in which police had to gun down an agitated cow that was running amok at the California State Fair, CRP Communications Director Mark Standriff today issued this statement:

“Obviously, the stress of state budget uncertainty is taking its toll on these dedicated state employees, from fair management, to state fair police, to the U.C. Davis veterinary director who had to make the fatal decision to tragically down this pregnant cow and her unborn calf. We’re not second guessing the call. Considering the circumstances, it may have been the best decision. But it’s not fair to force people to make life-and death decisions when they’re also coping with the prospect of fewer vacation days or reduced office supplies.

“With the state budget nearly a month overdue, the Democrat legislative leaders are happy to hang out in their own corral, unable to agree even among themselves how to close the state budget gap. This is inexcusable. This is bull. This is a new low for Democrats.

“Is nothing sacred to them anymore, not even cows?”

mad cowYes! The top thing on the cops’ and veterinarians’ minds when faced with this situation MUST have been the state budget! It’s the Democrats’ fault, clearly! THEY PROBABLY EVEN GAVE THE COW SOME ANGEL DUST!!!

This release struck me as so odd, I actually checked my calendar to make sure it’s not April Fools Day. I guess the opportunity to combine a bunch of cow puns with the CRP’s mission of pinning all the blame for the budget deadlock on the Democrats was too much to resist.

It seems to me that the CRP is grasping at straws – or hay, I guess. (Darn it, now they’ve got me doing it, too.)

For a different perspective on the budget deadlock – arguing that Republicans actually have no desire to strike any sort of budget deal right now – see Robert Cruickshank’s post at Calitics.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.