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Just exactly what do the DEMs think you good ole boys aredoing at these Nascar events

GOP: NASCAR is contagious, but its fans are not

WASHINGTON — Being around NASCAR fans requires no inoculation.

That was the word Thursday from Republican officials after they learned that a congressional committee's Democratic staffers had advised aides to get vaccinated for hepatitis and other diseases before visiting NASCAR events in Concord, N.C., and Talladega, Ala.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said his committee aides were visiting health-care centers, detention facilities and other operations where they could be exposed to communicable diseases. He said the immunizations were routine for health-care workers.

"Democrats should know that there is no preventive measure yet designed to ward off the blue-collar values and patriotism that NASCAR fans represent," said Linda Daves, the chairwoman of the North Carolina Republican Party. "If they aren't careful, they just might catch some of it."

Republican Rep. Tim Walberg, whose district includes the Michigan International Speedway, said Democrats must not understand the term "rubbin' is racing."

"To suggest that vaccines are needed to attend NASCAR races is insulting to millions of hardworking Americans who love their country and the smell of burnt rubber," he said.

The brouhaha began when the House Committee on Homeland Security decided to study public health preparedness at mass gatherings. They advised aides to get immunized for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and influenza before going to the UAW-Ford 500 in Talladega last weekend and the Bank of America 500 this weekend northeast of Charlotte, N.C.

The committee is examining whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is coordinating with state, local and private law-enforcement and health-care responders to prepare for possible mass emergencies.

Rep. Robin Hayes, the North Carolina Republican whose district includes the Lowe's Motor Speedway, complained in a letter to the committee's chairman about staff members feeling the need to get vaccinated before visiting his hometown.

Hayes and Thompson exchanged words in a CNN interview. Thompson told Hayes he "ought to be ashamed" of himself for using an effort to protect workers for a "few minutes of fame."

Hayes encouraged people to come to Concord, noting, "We got our shots when we were born."

Unlike a sporting event such as the Super Bowl, which draws about 70,000 people for a few hours, major stock-car races can draw 200,000 to 300,000 fans or more, many of whom camp on-site for several days. Also, NASCAR is privately owned, and directly employs some of the security officials who are in place on race weekends.

The Drudge Report Web site, which became famous for breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal, linked to the original story on the matter on the Web page of The Charlotte Observer, which McClatchy owns, with the headline "Redneck rash."

Republicans said the suggestion of vaccines usually recommended for travel to Third World countries showed that the Democrats were out of touch with real Americans.

"While red-blooded, patriotic Americans were packing their coolers and gathering their families in preparation for attending last week's race at Talladega, a leading Democrat was advising staff to get immunized," said a news release by the National Republican Congressional Committee titled "Talladega Frights: Democrats Allergic to NASCAR Nation."

"If anything, it's the NASCAR fans who should get immunized against Washington officials, not the other way around," said Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C

McClatchy Washington Bureau | 10/11/2007 | GOP: NASCAR is contagious, but its fans are not

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The need for immunization arises from the other stops on the itenerary.
This is like a Jay Leno "small town news", but the news outlets (and Republican jerkoffs) release the unfortunate headline as hard news.
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I watched the discussion on CNN yesterday while at the dealer and am trying to figure out what the actual story is.

But it sure is purddy headlines.


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Only a demicrat could piss off a redneck, unfortunately it is more than 1

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CONCORD, N.C. – NASCAR fans have been criticized for a number of things over the years, ranging from perpetuating a redneck stereotype to still showing pride in the Rebel Flag.

Now, as one Mississippi congressman would have you believe, NASCAR fans are also a threat to national security and the nation's health.

Yes, you, Bubba. You, too, Bobbie Sue. Y'all got the cooties.

That's what Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, would have you believe.

The seven-term Congressman recently instructed committee aides who visited Talladega Superspeedway last weekend and are also at this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway to be immunized against a variety of diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and influenza.

Officially, the action was supposedly part of a broader review of federal response to massive emergencies at a large, crowded venue like Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Unofficially, Thompson unquestionably must think of NASCAR fans as a bunch of sickos – and not in a good way.

The hue and outcry resulting from Thompson's actions have become nothing short of a political embarrassment.

However, I admit Thompson did get me a bit suspicious at first. When I first heard the news, I immediately reflected back to one of NASCAR's biggest marketing campaigns in recent years: NASCAR – How bad have YOU got it?

By Thompson's standards, you've not only got it bad – but you're also a walking, talking, fire-breathing, beer-drinking, tobacco-spittin', cussin' and cheerin' sumbitch who is carrying enough pestilence and pathos to bring the good, old U.S. of A to its knees.

You would think that a veteran Congressman – and from a state that has a huge NASCAR fan base – would be a bit savvier when it comes to messin' with the go straight and turn left crowd.

Instead, Thompson paints a picture of folks, who come to races from New Hampshire to southern California, as potentially carrying more communicable diseases than folks in a third-world country.

As can be expected, others countered that Thompson's edict was more liberal Democratic "the-sky-is-falling" hysteria mongering. Even members of his own party have to be wondering, "What is this guy thinking?"

Thompson would have been smart if he had laughed things off when the relatively silent instruction for staffers to get their shots suddenly became national news. Instead, he kept digging himself a deeper hole – and I'm betting especially so with Mississippi voters who just happen to be NASCAR fans.

When he appeared in a debate with Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) on CNN, Thompson told Hayes he "ought to be ashamed" for criticizing efforts to protect the committee's staffers.

Hayes deadpanned – and good for him in doing so – "We got our shots when we were born."

What's next? Ostracizing NASCAR fans like smokers? Is being a racing fan suddenly akin to being a leper?

God forbid that a non-NASCAR fan suddenly comes down with a bad case of Junior-itis. What would Thompson's response be? Require widespread institutionalizing or mass inoculations?

And no, I'm not talking about using inoculation needles to tattoo an 8 or 88 on your skin to try and relieve the Junior fever.

There's no question that NASCAR has fought a serious image problem for much of its nearly 60 years of existence.

There's been the redneck stereotype, the Rebel Flag controversy, being sponsored for 30 years by a cigarette company and the "fun" fans have tossing beer cans onto race tracks when they don't quite care for the race outcome.

And now this most recent embarrassment. What's a poor NASCAR fan to do?

Granted, there are some NASCAR fans that are, shall we say, socially challenged – the type that sometimes forget their weekly shower, eschew deodorant in favor of the "natural" smell and have ample beer bellies that should have Goodyear stamped across 'em – but that doesn't mean they're disease-carrying threats to national security.

But Thompson appears to think so.

Actually, he should be thanking those of you who've slapped a No. 8 or 24 or 48 sticker on your car for the warning, because now he knows to steer clear of you on the highway.

As for me, I'm going to be a bit more careful the next time I refer to you die-hard NASCAR fans as "rabid." Apparently, you might just be.

Veteran motorsports writer Jerry Bonkowski is Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR columnist. Send Jerry a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

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