Sarah Palin: Is Libya a war or 'a squirmish'?

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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,” isn’t that “they’re on the wrong, most hateful side of nearly every issue — although that’s bad enough — it’s that there’s so much plain stupidity and ignorance at work there. And it starts with the party’s 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 week’s Idiocy Trifecta.

First, Donald Trump and the symbiotic, head-sharing creature he calls his “hair” showed up to announce that maybe he’s 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 Trump’s latest nonsense (thanks to special correspondent Mike for the tip): “Donald Trump doesn’t like ‘birthers.’ He calls the word ‘unfair' to people who don’t believe President Obama was born in the USA.  Very well, then. If not birthers, how about if we call them ‘morons'?’’

Next up, everyone’s friend and neighbor, Sarah Palin, former half-term governor of America’s Freezer. She’s nearly always good for some kind of malapropism or another, and she didn’t let us down while giving her expert foreign policy assessment of Obama’s 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 America’s “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.

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