Back in 1992, Pat Robertson was allotted a prime speaking slot at the Republican Convention. He accused the Democratic Party of carrying "a plague."
No, not that plague. This was the plague of "higher taxes, crushing regulation and centralized government ... it is still the liberal welfare state and we want no part of it."
Robertson's public utterances seem to have grown steadily crazier through the years; his rhetoric is eerily reminiscent of the backwards pronouncements issued by demagogic Mideast religious leaders. Today, the 1988 Republican presidential candidate made the news by besmirching the name of our fair city and its jewelry-wearers:
"You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they've got the stuff, they'll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring's got a little thing where you cut your finger. ... Really. I mean it's that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder."
It's not difficult to unearth bizarre material from Robertson's low-light reel: