Bless his heart, South Carolina State Senator Tom Corbin is an idiot. No … dumbass redneck. He’s all this and more because, well, he’s Tom Corbin, but his dumbassery is getting national attention for a stupid remark he made to a fellow state senator. A female state senator. What burnishes Corbin into the Dumbass Hall of Fame is that senator to whom his comments were directed was Lexington County’s own Katrina Shealy.
At a legislative dinner, Corbin, who came into the senate in 2012 with Shealy and used to be her seatmate on the Senate floor, told Shealy “I see it only took me two years to get you wearing shoes,” no doubt a reference to the old bromide that women should be kept “barefoot and pregnant.”
But, Corbin didn’t stop there. His next inappropriate and decidedly poorly directed comment was “God created man first, Then he took the rib out of man to make woman. And a rib is a lesser cut of meat.”
Well … to paraphrase Jim Croce, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit in the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with the Red Bank Hammer, Katrina Shealy.
What Senator Shealy said to her colleague hasn’t been reported – until now. She recounted her response exclusively to Lake and Main. Looking straight at Corbin and, speaking calmly, Shealy said;
“Senator, I worked three times as hard to get here as you did. You were elected unopposed where I beat an 18-year incumbent as a petition candidate. I deserve respect and I’m gonna get it.”
She then turned to the others at the table and apologized for her outburst, an apology all agreed was unnecessary.
Those of us who know Katrina Shealy or have seen her in legislative action can picture the scene. First, those blue eyes appear like ice. Bitter cold, biting ice. Then she speaks in that measured, deliberate, almost sweet tone Southern women use that scares the bejezzus out of Southern men. Every word penetrates followed by the next that pushes even deeper. By the time she is done, Corbin was an eviscerated carcass left to wallow in his own stupidity.
Tom Corbin’s actions should embarrass his constituents in Traveler’s Rest though I’m not sure Corbin himself is smart enough to be embarrassed. He is, after all, a lesser cut of person.