Dumb and dumber

Posted in Whatever Else on June 9th, 2011 by bill

Earlier this week, I had just finished a whole spiel about Sarah Palin and what a moron she is when Anthony Weiner held his big press conference.

Now how can I explain this for future readers? In 2008, Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska when she was suddenly thrust into the spotlight by John McCain, who chose her for the vice-president spot on his doomed presidential ticket. They lost badly, but a certain segment of the American public really took a shine to Sarah – who had folksy charm, a twinkle in her eye, and weird but undeniable sex appeal – despite her being far from the sharpest knife in the drawer. In fact her shameless ignorance of many things only made some people like her more, a fact which drove the rest of us batshit crazy.

Here’s Sarah trying to explain the historical importance of Paul Revere:

I love the moment when she turns away from the camera, clearly aware that she has no idea what she’s talking about, reaching desperately for something, anything, to say about Paul Revere. Now I myself don’t know that much about P.R.; pretty much what any third-grader knows, “The British are coming, the British are coming!” and “One if by land, two if by sea.” But to put this in context, Sarah was on a national bus tour of historic sites and had just visited Paul Revere’s house. At some point she could have taken five minutes to learn something about him. That’s not just stupid, it’s lazy.

Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner was a liberal congressman from New York whose hobby, apparently for some time, had been sending racy pictures of himself to random women he met online. Then he typed one letter wrong – I think it was “@” instead of “D” – and accidentally made one of these pictures public. After 10 days or so of slowly, painfully twisting in the wind, as a photo of an underwear-covered erection was endlessly analyzed by the media, he was finally forced to admit that “the picture was of me, and I sent it.” As of this writing, with more pictures coming out by the minute, Weiner’s being pressured to resign and probably will.

So I ask you, who’s dumber? The dim bulb who refuses to learn anything but whose life seems to just keep getting better and better, or the smart guy who does really stupid stuff that may cost him his career?