Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Via Tim Lambert, I came across this page featuring the 10 dumbest Congressmen in America, with of course some amusing exposition for each. Tim focuses on global warming denialist and all around goof-ball James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), who clearly deserves his #3 spot. Before reading this, I would have ranked Inhofe even higher, but after seeing the number 1 and 2 spots, I'm not so sure.

Katherine Harris (R-Florida) has earned top billing. Enough said on that. If you haven't been laughing at Harris' many comical screw-ups, then you don't pay much attention to politics. But the #2 spot, Donald Young (R-Alaska), has got to be my favorite. I can't believe I had never heard this before:

The scene: Fairbanks, Alaska, 1994. Congressman Don Young, already in office for 20 years, is on the stump preaching the virtues of Newt Gingrich's Republican revolution to a group of high school students. Just look at all the wasteful things the federal government does with taxpayers' money, he tells them. The National Endowment for the Arts, for example, funds art involving "people doing offensive things ... things that are absolutely ridiculous." One student asks, "Like what?"

"Buttfucking," replies the great scourge of obscenity and instructor of youth.

Young's performance remains a classic in the annals of congressional idiocy, offering that rare, supremely unselfconscious moment in which one of our nation's legislative solons lets his addled mind graze freely.

That is just funny, funny, funny. Oh, and sad. Yes, very sad (tee hee hee).