Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Stupidest Man in Congress

While there are a lot of stuffed shirts and semi-literates roaming the halls of Congress, I nominate Republican Thomas Tancredo of Colorado as the stupidest man in Congress.

Talk show host Pat Campbell asked the Littleton Republican [Tancredo] how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

"Well, what if you said something like -- if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded.

The congressman later said he was "just throwing out some ideas" and that an "ultimate threat" might have to be met with an "ultimate response."|CNN|
I understand how Representative Tancredo could arrive at the thought of bombing Mecca and how for a brief instant it might even seem like a reasonable, measured response. I could even imagine an otherwise thoughtful, intelligent person speaking this thought out loud to a trusted friend, colleague, or staff member.

However, to discuss this wild idea on a broadcast radio talk show is the height of stupidity.

Who's this guy been taking PR lessons from, Tom DeLay?

The Daily Times of Pakistan has picked up the story and the Turkish foreign minister has condemned the Congressman's remarks. But there is nothing but silence coming out of the White House.

Tancredo is a moron, but that isn't how this will play in the Muslim world I'm guessing. As if Osama bin Laden needed more recruiting material!

Note: Cross-posted at the Bellman.


Brian P said...

Tancredo may be the stupidest now, but Pete King of New York is waiting in the wings to take over the top spot: "I think Karl Rove should get a medal, Joe. I really mean that."

Safety Neal said...

I saw excerpts of the Pete King interview on the Daily Show re-run last night. What a buffoon. Looks like Tancredo might have stiff competition for this award...