You should probably follow this Missouri State Fair thing,” Moe Lane writes. “Because it is promising to blow up quite entertainingly in Missouri Democrats’ faces:”

Short version: a rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair made rough fun of Barack Obama – I have no idea whether it was inappropriate or not. More to the point, I don’t have to care, because ultimate responsibility lies with Democrat Jay Nixon, who appointed the people that run the Fair. And, frankly, it would not surprise me in the slightest to hear that a Southern Democrat might have acted badly.

Moe links to Missouri resident Dana Loesch at Red State, who adds:

A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend donned an Obama mask instead of typical clown fare. The clown, a participant in the fair and not officially representative of the fair, broke the new golden rule: thou shalt not mock the President. [Click over to Dana's post for a photo of masked 'Bam -- Ed]

Senator Claire McCaskill called it “shameful.” 

“If what’s being reported is true, then it’s shameful and it’s unacceptable. The State Fair is funded by taxpayer dollars, and is supposed to be a place where we can all bring our families and celebrate the state that we love. But the young Missourians who witnessed this stunt learned exactly the wrong lesson about political discourse-that somehow it’s ever acceptable to, in a public event, disrespect, taunt, and joke about harming the President of our great nation. Missouri is better than this, and I expect someone to be held accountable.”

The acceptance of taxpayer dollars equals the forfeiture of free speech. Democrats should be careful with that rule, considering their policies.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called it “offensive.” He perhaps should have appointed a different Fair board and Director of Agriculture, who works with the Fair board. If Democrats are angry, they should look inward. Fun fact: seven of the eight board members were appointed after Nixon took office.

And as Dana reminds her readers, today’s incident wasn’t the first time “a president was represented at the rodeo:”

T.J. Hawkins rolled out the big inner tube, and the bull lowered his head, shot forward and launched into the tube, sending it bounding down the center of the arena. The crowd cheered. Then the bull saw the George Bush dummy.

He tore into it, sending the rubber mask flying halfway across the sand as he turned toward the fence, sending cowboys scrambling up the fence rails, hooking one with his horn and tossing him off the fence.

But that’s different. Because…well, because, just you shut up, that’s why!

Update: At Twitchy, “Smash! Dana Loesch pulverizes Dems, media over #MOStateFair racist rodeo clown idiocy.”

Related: From Michelle Malkin, “10 images mocking George W. Bush that were far worse than a harmless rodeo clown.”