There has probably never been a more misnamed public servant than Arlington's Mayor Russell Wiseman, who unwisely revealed on his Facebook page that a) he thinks the president is a Muslim; b) that things would be better if only those who owned property could vote; c) that the president purposely scheduled his speech on Afghanistan to preempt "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Here's an excerpt from his Facebook entry: “Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch ‘The Charlie Brown Christmas Special’ and our muslim president is there, what a load…..try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it….w…hen the answer should simply be ‘yes’ ...
Like Congressman Joe Wilson's shout-out to President during his healthcare speech a few months back, Wiseman's comments have gone viral, hitting every major internet and news outlet over the course of the past 12 hours. The link to The Commercial Appeal's story on Wiseman has been almost impossible to get to for hours today, due, no doubt to its being linked on dozens of websites nation-wide.
I'm not sure what's sadder, the fact that Wiseman apparently really believes this stuff, or that he got elected in the first place. Tennessee is widely perceived as one of the most backward states in the union, politically. That, I'm afraid, is a very accurate perception.