The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Jus' Reg'lar Fokes

THEN: When a Glamor correspondent asked Governor Bush what he thought about the Taliban, he just shrugged his shoulders, bemused. It took a bit of prompting from the journalist ("discrimination against women in Afghanistan") for Bush to rouse himself: Taliban in Afghanistan! Absolutely. Reprisals. I thought you were talking about some rock group.

NOW: Huckabee came under fire in early December when, in response to a reporter’s question about the Iran report, Huckabee said he wasn’t aware of it. Huckabee’s lack of familiarity with the National Intelligence Estimate — a report that showed Iran had discontinued its nuclear program — provided fuel for his critics who said he was a lightweight on foreign policy.

“The whole perception was based on an ambush question on the NIE report,” Huckabee said in an interview Monday with the Quad-City Times. “From there, it was like, ‘Wow.’ That was released at 10 o’clock in the morning. At 5:30 in the afternoon, somebody says, ‘Have you read the report?’ Maybe I should’ve said, ‘Have you read the report?’ President Bush didn’t read it for four years; I don’t know why I should read it in four hours.”

While I'm confident Bush was telling the truth when he mistook the Taliban for a band, Huckabee has seen fit to lie about his own ignorance of current events. The report was headline news for several days before Huckabee was "ambushed" with the question. His Bush-style quip defending his ignorance, however, is quite honest:

“The point I’m trying to make is that, on the campaign trail, nobody’s going to be able, if they’ve been campaigning as hard as we have been, to keep up with every single thing, from what happened to Britney last night to who won ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ ”

Translation: "In this day and age, pretending to be fit for high office is a full-time charade. Especially for an idiot."

I'm not sure whether I should be more frightened by the fact that imbeciles are considered top-tier candidates for the Republican nomination these days, that they're so gleefully indifferent to their own stupidity... or that they actually win elections. (Or at least come close enough to steal them.)