The most prominent Republican official to show up at Tubby Falwell’s funeral was the Virginia attorney general — because not even God ‘n Country GOPers want to be associated with somebody as toxic as Revered Jerry, even when he’s dead. There’s a general election coming up in 2008, after all!
Oh, and Macaca dropped by, because what else does he have to do these days? Other than hang out at his house telling racist jokes to his football ….
Dubya had nothing planned, either, but he still didn’t show up. Some minor public-liaison factotum was sent over to Lynchburg to weakly praise the corpse. Falwell’s crowd returned the favor:
President Bush’s image was notably missing from a photo montage of past Republican chief executives with whom Falwell had met. Mourners saw the reverend with Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. That last photograph was followed by a shot of Falwell on the set of Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes.”