Politicus Brawlicus in Extremis So,

by Nathan Hamm on 9/10/2003

Politicus Brawlicus in Extremis
So, Robert got me thinking of what may be the best political brawler ever. My vote is for Vladimir Zhirinovsky. I’m pretty sure that his LDPR (in Russian)
was involved in a sweet brawl on the floor of the Duma (I’d have to
check my thesis, I wrote a lot about his party in it), but his best
exploits have come in debates. Unfortunately, I can’t remember names
and parties perfectly, but they change all the time in Russia, so who
cares.
In a debate with the leader of the Women of Russia party, Zhirinovsky
tossed a glass of water in the face of his opponent. No brawl
unfortunately…
However, when debating a liberal politician on television, in the
middle of his opponent’s statement, Zhirinovsky pulled out a handgun,
handed it to his foe and said “Why don’t you just shoot yourself?”
That type of political theater is the kind to which I compare all
others. No one else is as much of a clown as this guy. I personally
blame him for the myth common in some parts of the former Soviet Union
that the US “owes” Alaska to Russia; that the “lease” expired and we
refuse to give it back. On his party logo, the map of Russia includes
Finland, all the CIS states, and Alaska. In further free association,
why the hell do Uzbeks care whether or not Alaska is part of Russia or
part of the US. Wouldn’t seem to have much of an impact on their lives,
but they really got pissy about it.


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