Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

I've just gone along with the flow of people liking Kathleen Sebelius.  I can't say I was impressed with her endorsement of Obama.  But on the whole, I thought she was OK.

This story, however has me reeling back more than a little. Her son is selling an extremely tasteless board game called "Don't Drop the Soap" out of the Governor's Mansion (which I didn't think was even legal).

The Kansas City Pitch describes it much better than I could.

The Idiot Son: A Board Game

Published: February 7, 2008

The son of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has made up his own board game called "Don't Drop the Soap." Which is funny because it's about prison rape! John Sebelius created the game as an art-school project and now is selling it online for $34.99. The game puts players in a prison where they have to avoid becoming somebody's bitch in the shower. Which is funny because John's mom has the power to try to stop prison rape!

Maybe I'm oversensitive, but this doesn't seem like the sort of "Fun" I'd expect from the child of a respected Democrat -- especially a Democrat who at one time or another has been mentioned on just about every list of possible Vice Presidential Nominees.  If one of my kids -- adult or not had come up with this idea, I'd have done everything in my power to discourage it.  And I certainly wouldn't allow it to be sold out of my house.

It represents everything I hate about the insensitive elite who represent us harkening back to Candidate Bush's cruel humor:

From Consortium News:

In an interview with conservative commentator Tucker Carlson at the start of Campaign 2000, Bush joked about how condemned murderer Carla Faye Tucker pleaded for her life with him as Texas governor. "Please don't kill me," Bush whimpered through pursed lips in an imitation of the woman whom Bush put to death.

From the Topeka Capital Journal:

Sebelius' son sells game out of Cedar Crest
By Tim Hrenchir
The Capital-Journal
Published Saturday, January 26, 2008

"Don't Drop the Soap," a new, adult-themed board game based on life in prison, is being sold out of the Kansas governor's mansion.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her husband, Gary, support the efforts of their 23-year-old son John Sebelius in creating and marketing the game, Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said Friday.

"Kathleen and Gary are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent," Corcoran said. "He began this game as a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he's now turned into an entrepreneur."

John Sebelius sells the board game and hand-designed men's and women's apparel on the Web site at www.gilliusinc.com of Gillius Inc., for which he is chief executive officer.

"There are no employees," Corcoran said. 'It's just a 23-year-old young man who had an idea and decided to market it."

The Web site says John Sebelius can be contacted at 1 S.W. Cedar Crest Road in Topeka, which is the address of the governor's mansion.

"This is where he lives," Corcoran said. "It's his permanent address at this time, and he was advised by an attorney to register to be incorporated. It's listed on the Web site only as to where to contact John personally. Once he moves to a different residence, the address will change."

(bold added by me)

I know I'm just one person.  And I tend to be way out of step with popular opinion.  But I think this is a career killing decision.  How can good progressives support the political future (whether for V.P. or Senate) of a woman who's allowed this game to be sold out of the Kansas Governor's mansion?

Tags: Kathleen Sebelius, progressives (all tags)

Comments

30 Comments

Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

I am at a loss as to how anyone could do something so politically nieve...no, idiotic.

by nytrialman 2008-02-10 06:58AM | 0 recs
It's incredible.

It's incredible.

I would have thought that they'd at least back off after being called on it.  But, the Capital Journal makes it clear that they haven't.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 07:00AM | 0 recs
I think it would have been a bigger deal

I think it would have been a bigger deal but the story broke right before Super Tuesday.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 07:01AM | 0 recs
I hate what has happened to

this site

by CardBoard 2008-02-10 07:08AM | 0 recs
What did I say?

What did I say to offend you?

by katiebird 2008-02-10 07:09AM | 0 recs
Re: What did I say?

As the son of office holders the last thing I want is people digging around in my latest art school project... it is just not appropriate

by CardBoard 2008-02-10 07:15AM | 0 recs
Re: What did I say?

In defense of katiebird, he's selling the damn thing.  Nobody wandered into the governor's mansion and stumbled across it.

by ejintx 2008-02-10 07:18AM | 0 recs
Re: What did I say?

Its is just a kid... I do not think we should judge our party members on their children's behavior.  It is rough to have people looking over you shoulder your whole life.  It sounds like this guy isn't interested in politics at all - let him be

by CardBoard 2008-02-10 07:23AM | 0 recs
Using the Governor's Mansion to sell the game

Using the Governor's Mansion to sell the game is a scandal.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 07:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Using the Governor's Mansion to sell the game

It is where he lives... I understand he goes to RISD, and if I know anything about my old art major friends is that they do things to the beat of their own drum.  I do not expect him to move out of his parent's house.  Even if his mother's job happens to make that the Gov's mansion.  Lets keep private and public life's distinct.

by CardBoard 2008-02-10 07:31AM | 0 recs
Thank you

Thank you.

As a lifelong Kansas Progressive, it didn't occur to me I was posting a Republican slur.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Thank you

Its not about being a reputhug slur - I could really care less - It is that just because someone is the son of a politicians means they have to behave a certain way.  I'm actually pretty impressed the Gov. response was that she loves her son and is proud of him.  It takes a lot to let you kid navigate the world, make his own mistakes, and not overpower his actions simply because it is good politics.

by CardBoard 2008-02-10 07:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

"Maybe I'm oversensitive"

Yes, you are: this is at worst a joke in bad taste, not anything that warrants the label 'career-killer'.

For my part, I'm happy this story hasn't had any legs: do we really need another entry in the politics of outrage, with every tom, dick, and harry going on record to denounce Katherine Sebelius's 23 year-old son? I think not.

by seand 2008-02-10 07:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

Shouldn't this be posted on RedState?

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 07:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

What's the one for? I think it's a good question. Not exactly something that needs to be posted here.

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 08:53AM | 0 recs
I thought I was pretty clear.

I've voted for Governor Sebelius and it's been said that she might run for Senate in the future -- possibly even VP.

But her endorsement of this game -- agreeing to let an Official State Building be used as a contact point -- disqualifies her for my vote or support.

And the diary makes my reasons clear.

I posted it hear because of the VP talk -- that makes her of national interest.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 09:25AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

So wait, i did stumble into Redstate?

by Socks The Cat 2008-02-10 07:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

What is wrong with the commenters in this diary?

This is obviously in poor taste and a political embarrassment.  The kid can do whatever he wants on his own, but the Governor's Mansion should not be involved.

by Steve M 2008-02-10 07:55AM | 0 recs
I'm astonished. I didn't have any idea

I'm astonished.  I didn't have any idea that I was a Red State Democrat-basher.

It didn't even occur to me.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 08:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

That's illegal use of troll-rating. I said nothing that should be given a one.

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 08:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

So wait, you can call the diary trollish and worthy of posting at RedState, but I can't call your comment trollish?

by Steve M 2008-02-10 09:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

Sure, what was trollish about my comment?

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

What is RedState-worthy about this diary?

by Steve M 2008-02-10 09:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

What's the point of promoting this story on this site?

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

Interesting that you cannot justify your original comment, but instead respond to requests that you do so with nothing but a series of questions.

I'm not going to argue this meta-issue with you further.  You have an opinion about the diary, I have an opinion about your comment.  That's how it works.  If you think it was "illegal" for me to give your comment a 1, then you should complain to whoever the legal authorities are.

by Steve M 2008-02-10 09:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

Fine, I will complain.

And I do justify my original comment. I would expect to see something criticizing Democrats like this on something a child of a Democrat did on Redstate.

by Progressive America 2008-02-10 10:15AM | 0 recs
LOL

Well, while I see the humor in the game, it is boneheaded politics (no pun intended).

by pg4obama 2008-02-10 08:03AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

If I were his parents, I'd make him get a P.O. box.  The kid is over 18, and has the right to do what he wants (as long as it's not illegal).  And I don't expect his parents to kick him out of the house for something like this.  But they could ask him to get a P.O. box.  It's only a few bucks a month.  

by randym77 2008-02-10 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

Do you have a link to the game? It would help if we could see if this is homophobic or just some sort of young humor. Is the kid gay by the way.

by DaleA 2008-02-10 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Sebelius' Idiot Son -- Don't Drop the Soap

You can find it linked on The Pitch site.  I deliberately didn't add it.

by katiebird 2008-02-10 10:03AM | 0 recs

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