Victoria Jackson: I’m Even Crazier than Clint Eastwood

What a fool believes no wise man has the power to reason away.

Turns out Clint Eastwood wasn’t the only crazy person at last week’s Republican National Convention.   Far, far further on the talent scale (as in not having any),  former Saturday Night Live bit player, Victoria Jackson, who has evolved into a far-Right, Tea Party slurping bubblehead,  trolled the convention floor  hoping someone might notice her craziness in a sea of crazy people and put a microphone in front of her.

Unfortunately, someone did, and the ukelele-playing, ditz blurted out her opinion on Rep. Todd Akin’s brain fart about “legitimate rape.”   To the shock of absolutely no one , Jackson. a stupider and chubbier version of Sarah Palin, didn’t see what was the fuss over Akin’s remarks.

“The Todd Akin thing was so blown out of proportion — it’s a joke,” Jackson said.  “How many times do people get pregnant from rape? It’s point zero zero one percent. It’s a joke. I read lots of articles. I know people, because I’m 53. I’ve known a lot of people, and I’ve actually never known anyone who got pregnant from being raped.”

“And guess what?” she continued. “If I got raped, I would have the baby. And if I didn’t want to keep it because I had these [mocking tone] horrible nightmares, I would adopt it out. But I think that God can turn a bad thing into a good thing. And that, if I got raped and a beautiful baby who was innocent was born out of it, that would be a blessing. The DNA of a baby is individual. It’s not the mother’s DNA. It’s not the father’s DNA. And that’s why I believe abortion is murder, because it’s not the woman’s body. It has it’s own DNA. If there’s a boy baby inside of me, he has a penis. That’s not my body.”

Jackson is another entry in the list of  has-beens like Jon Voight, Ted Nugent, Chuck Norris and Hank Williams, Jr., who have gone public with their dislike of President  Obama, but at least Voight, Nugent, Norris and Williams had a career at one time to be has-beens now.    Jackson has always been a small-timer who had her chances in television and movies to make it big.   It never happened for  her because she lacked the one thing necessary to take that next big step:  a shred of talent.

I wonder if Victoria Jackson would still have the baby if she were raped by and impregnated by “the Communist in the White House?”

Making statements that are provocative, off-putting, uninformed and just plain off the wall is a growth industry on the Far Right and that is Jackson’s claim to fame. There have been many Not Ready For Prime Time Players on Saturday Night Live and for every Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Chris Rock or Adam Sandler that used the show to  go on to greater success, there are the Victoria Jacksons who go right back to the obscurity they were plucked from.

Jackson was the subject of a profile in the Miami New Times chronicling her evolution from bit player on SNL to right-wing dingbat.

Sorry, Miss Jackson.

…when she flew to New York in 1986 to audition for SNL, executive producer Lorne Michaels curled his lower lip and lamented her lack of comedic characters. So the next time she was on Carson’s show, she continued the audition by doing impressions of Diana Ross and Edith Bunker and inventing a character: a glum boss interviewing Carson for a job. She joined the SNL cast that season. With a fire-eater and new baby in tow, she bought a four-bedroom Colonial in Weston, Connecticut; hired a nanny; and commuted to Manhattan by train.

But Michaels’s trepidation had been spot-on. Victoria’s cast was a comedic murderer’s row — including Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Dana Carvey — and she couldn’t keep up. “I lived on pure adrenaline,” she says. “You always think you’re going to get fired. You’re always competing with your cast members for air time.”

Coming up with characters and premises for skits was a supreme struggle. She confesses that one of her funnier sketches — “Victoria’s Secrets,” in which she wore lingerie and throatily fumbled at being sexy — was a product of begging castmate Jon Lovitz and writer Conan O’Brien for ideas as they walked down an office hallway.

Her nasal voice nixed nuanced impressions. Besides doing backbends and reading poetry on the “Weekend Update” news desk, impressions of Roseanne Barr and Zsa Zsa Gabor were her only recurring gags.

Critics and former castmates haven’t been kind. Nerve.com recently ranked her dead last of 92 all-time cast members and wrote that her “cute-ditsy-idiot act got pretty thin, [and] it turns out it wasn’t an act.” And in the 2002 book Live From New York, an oral history of the show, castmate Jan Hooks sniped, “I just have a particular repulsion to grown women who talk like little girls. It’s like, ‘You’re a grown woman! Use your lower register!'” (Victoria, by the way, claims her weird voice is the result of a medical defect: a “congenital palatal insufficiency.” )

Jackson on SNL: more hair, less poundage.

Look, I’m not qualified for this, Victoria recalls thinking. Maybe this is my mission field. I’m supposed to tell my cast members about Jesus!

But Hartman didn’t want to talk about the Son of God. And Lovitz asked how Jesus, “a grown man,” could have fit in his mother’s womb to be born again. When Victoria left audiocassette box sets of the Bible in each castmate’s mail slot for Christmas, they were angrily returned.

Writer and performer Al Franken, now a Democratic U.S. senator for Minnesota, cornered her once, Victoria says. He said he was “offended” by her “ditsy” act. “Maybe I’m overcompensating,” she retorted, “because everybody here is dying and going to Hell, and I’m supposed to tell them about Jesus.”

Franken went white, she says. “He never talked to me again.”

I can’t imagine why the Jewish Franken wouldn’t want to talk to a proselytizing idiot who mails Bibles to other cast members telling them they’re going to hell.

I give Jackson for taking her minimal talents and getting maximum mileage out of them, but the woman is a fool and nothing but foolishness spills out of her stupid mouth.   But getting mad about what a crazy person says makes no sense.  Not this sad little loser or old guys that talk to chairs.

Victoria Jackson saying stupid stuff  is like the pigeon that sits in a tree and shits all over your just washed car. It just gonna do what it does.    It has been speculated may Jackson is  trying to pull off a bizarre bit of Sasha Baron Cohen performance where he plays a role to the max  like Bruno, Ali G., and Borat,  but I doubt it.  She doesn’t seem to have Cohen’s mad genius for occupying a character in a believable way.    Jackson is content to be a Tea Party princess happily bubbling away with her insipid observations about people she doesn’t know and issues she doesn’t understand.
Even Tito Jackson is more relevant than Victoria Jackson.

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Has Todd Aiken Screwed the GOP With “Legitimate Rape?”

McCaskill may have found the one Republican she can beat.

Normally, no one but a political junkie would pay much attention to a Missouri Republican candidate for the Senate has to say about abortion.   What Todd Akin sad was far from normal.   Even for experience campaign observers  Akin’s candid response left their jaws crashing to the floor.

First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

“Legitimate rape?”   Rape is an ugly crime of hate and violence.  What’s almost as ugly is how pigs like Akin trivialize it to exert their moral authority over a woman’s body.  

Akin’s ill-considered remarks set the race in Missouri on its ear and Republicans in full-blown panic mode as Democrats pounced on the gaffe.   The Republican National Committee said it would not provide funds for Akin’s attempt to unseat Claire McCaskill,  the vulnerable incumbent for control of a Senate seat the GOP desperately wants to wrest from the Democrats.     The calls for Akin to quit the race began almost immediately.

Akin is telling anyone who will listen that he’s in the race, but he’s running out of listeners. Today, even Sean Hannity said he needs to quit.

The G.O.P. needs to pick up four seats to retake the Senate and Claire McCaskill in Missouri is one of the most vulnerable Democrats out there. She was losing to all the Republican challengers before Akin won the primary. They can find a replacement with no sweat, but if Akin hangs on, with the national money drying up, McCaskill could hang on.

That wouldn’t make Karl Rove or the Kochs very happy. The elephant stampede from Akin isn’t because he’s a stupid asshole, but because he might screw up Mitch McConnell’s wet dreams of becoming Senate Majority Leader. Politics trumps decency. Same as it always was.

Bad boy. He’s gotta go.

The Republicans are hoping Akin will drop out and allow them to replace him. Probably with someone not as stupidly insensitive about rape, but likely better at hiding it.

Unless Akin drops out, McConnell could stay in the minority.

Which isn’t to say he doesn’t have his defenders   “This is an effort to try to direct attention away from…Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood – an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.

Akin’s candidacy got an unexpected boost from Democrats who poured a million dollars into ads attacking the GOP favorite, businessman John Brunner and a second challenger backed by Sarah Palin.

It was a political calculation to want the weakest and least electable Republican to run again a vulnerable Democrat. McCaskill was losing to all three of the Republicans in the primary and chose to boost the candidacy of Akin, the one she was losing to by the smallest margin.

If Akin wins the strategy will blow up in the face of McCaskill and the Democrats. If she wins because she suspected or hoped Akin would screw himself, then it was a brilliant move. Either way, she had to choose from the best of nothing but bad options. She chose the least worst one.

at the end of the day, Todd Akin is still a Republican. Akin’s idiocy gives McCaskill something she didn’t have a few weeks ago–an opening and a classic screw-up she can exploit. Akin’s repugnant views are being condemned by the GOP not because they find his view so repulsive. They don’t and his ignorant views aren’t out of the Republican mainstream, but they’re afraid Akin staying in will blow one of their best shots for a Senate pick-up.

You won’t find Mitt Romney or any other national GOP leader saying jack about that because that would mean they would have to accept blame for supporting this babbling fool in the first place–the way Paul Ryan did after Akin won the primary.

“Todd Akin has been a great asset to the House Budget Committee,” Ryan said in a joint press release last November with fellow House leaders, including NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan. “His principled approach to fiscal responsibility is exactly the kind of leadership America needs and I appreciate his hard work.”

The Democrats may have given Akin a boost, but it was Republicans who gave him their support. He’s their boy and their problem.