Forget about the potential Supreme Court nominees that Donald Trump served up last week to deflect The New York Times expose of his history of objectifying women. It's time for The Donald to play the ultimate, well, trump card and name his running mate. That surely would cement his victory, the polls notwithstanding.
I'd like to suggest Louisiana state Rep. Kenneth E. "Kenny" Havard, R-Jackson, for that role.
Havard clearly possesses the most important quality that Trump could want in a running mate: He doesn't give a damn whom he offends.
Make no mistake, one cannot be a Caspar Milquetoast and share the stage with Trump. Granted, Havard could use a new hair stylist — his mundane mane is no match for Trump's distinctive 'do — but the East Feliciana Parish lawmaker definitely can hold his own when it comes to offending people. Given Trump's record on that front, that's saying something.
After all, Trump, is the guy who ridiculed a New York Times reporter's physical disability by flailing his arms during a speech, mocked Asians by affecting broken English, and suggested that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions because she was menstruating.
For his part, Havard proposed a "satirical" amendment to a bill raising the minimum age for strippers from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 468 by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, is a very serious attempt to combat human trafficking.
Havard, with encouragement from at least one Democratic colleague (Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin), proposed a "joke" amendment imposing age and weight limits (28 years and 160 pounds). He teased that his idea was one way of "trimming the fat" in Louisiana. His and Jones' comments got the House frat boys piling up dollar bills, as if they were tipping dancers.
It did not go over well.
Republican Reps. Julie Stokes of Kenner and Nancy Landry of Lafayette were among those who called them out. "Looking out over this body, I've never been so repulsed to be a part of it," Stokes said. Landry blasted Havard for "clearly insinuating that women over a certain age and over a certain weight are not attractive." House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, took the female lawmakers' side and later said he fielded calls from all over the country about Havard's gaffe.
The next day, Havard expressed "regret" but refused to apologize. "I don't know if I'll ever apologize for being politically incorrect," he told reporters.
If Havard truly opposes political correctness and governmental overreach, which he claims inspired his attempt at "satire," why did he then vote for Johns' bill? In refusing to apologize, he mused, "I wish Trump was showing his butt today and not me."
Truth is Havard wasn't the only one showing his butt last week. The same day he refused to apologize for his offensive antics, a House committee killed a bill to guarantee women equal pay.
Louisiana women are owed much more than an apology, though that would be a good place to start. And that's no joke.