Monday, July 11, 2011

Michele Bachmann & Rick Santorum: Weird and Dumber

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

In normal times, with unemployment showing no signs of abating, Pres. Obama would be in deep political trouble. At this point, the only thing keeping him from being a big underdog in his re-election try is the weakness — not to say the weirdness or plain idiocy — of some of the GOP’s top presidential candidates.

Take current media favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann. In a very short time, the Minnesota congresswoman has said that the Revolutionary War started in New Hampshire rather than Massachusetts; John Quincy Adams, who was 8 years old at the time of the Declaration of Independence, was one of the Founding Fathers; and she agreed with a statement that African-American children were better off as slaves. To top it off, it seems her husband Marcus, who is one of her top aides, says that gays are “barbarians” who need to be “disciplined” (Hmmm). In addition, Marcus Bachmann also runs a counseling clinic that received $137K in Medicaid funds, in which they try to “cure” gays, as part of the bullshit “ex-gay” movement pushed by some conservative Christians. Imagine this guy as First Gentleman in the White House.

OK, that’s one of the weird parts of the GOP presidential lineup. For the idiocy part, let’s check in on former Sen. Rick Santorum. Last week, Santorum made a complete fool of himself — and that’s no exagerration — on CNN when he slammed Pres. Obama for creating "only 240 million jobs" since he took office — and not the 280 million that Santorum believes Obama promised. Here’s how dumb Santorum is: He misunderstands, and misquotes, a report from the White House on the effects of the economic stimulus. Sayeth the Moronic One: "They claimed in December that by the end of last year that they created 280 million jobs, and now they’re saying that they created only 240 million jobs." At that point, the CNN host even tried to help out Santorum, telling him, “"That's not a loss of jobs, Senator, that’s a smaller aggregation of jobs." Santorum didn’t get it: "One report says that there were 280 and now there are 240 . . .  In other words, there's 30 million less jobs as a result of the stimulus package." So not only can Santorum not correctly subtract 240 from 280, he doesn’t seem to realize that the entire American workforce is somewhere around 150 million people. If Obama had actually created 240 million jobs, he would have performed a miracle as impressive as the loaves and fishes feat in the New Testament.

There’s a good reason that John McCain’s senior staffer Mark Salter says, "For pure, blind stupidity, nobody beats Santorum. In my 20 years in the Senate, I never met a dumber member."

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