by John Grooms
A couple of months ago, a good friend e-mailed, saying that the thing that worried him the most about the GOP in general these days, isnt that theyre on the wrong, most hateful side of nearly every issue although thats bad enough its that theres so much plain stupidity and ignorance at work there. And it starts with the partys so-called leaders. As if to prove my friend correct, just in the past couple of days, three potential GOP presidential candidates collectively nailed the weeks Idiocy Trifecta.
First, Donald Trump and the symbiotic, head-sharing creature he calls his hair showed up to announce that maybe hes not so sure President Obama was born in the U.S., thus showing that Trump can appeal to the Republican party's I.Q. basement dwellers with the best of them. He then released a copy of his own birth certificate, which turned out not to be his real birth certificate, so he released another one, or something-like-that-who-really-cares. We like columnist Leonard Pitts take on Trumps latest nonsense (thanks to special correspondent Mike for the tip): Donald Trump doesnt like birthers. He calls the word unfair' to people who dont believe President Obama was born in the USA. Very well, then. If not birthers, how about if we call them morons'?
Next up, everyones friend and neighbor, Sarah Palin, former half-term governor of Americas Freezer. Shes nearly always good for some kind of malapropism or another, and she didnt let us down while giving her expert foreign policy assessment of Obamas Libya speech. La Palin wondered aloud whether the Libya attacks amounted to a war, an intervention, or a squirmish. Her latest invention of a new word was goofy enough, but then at the end of the interview, Palin went off on a tangent about how the North Star is a guide for Alaskans, or something. Can you really imagine this person in the White House? God help us. Watch her here.
And finally, one of our favorite right-wing loons, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum so far, the only presidential candidate to have a byproduct of a sexual practice named after him was campaigning in New Hampshire yesterday. He told a radio audience that the reason Social Security has monetary problems is because Americas culture of abortion has resulted in there not being enough kids around to support the program in the long run. "A third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion," Santorum explained. Read about this wizard of political analysis here.