Monday, November 01, 2010

Stupidest Quote of the Week (So Far)

Responding to a question from Fox Business Network host David Asman, in which Asman alleged that Democratic politicians operate under an “arrogance of power” that leads them to legislate in ways they think best, rather than taking their marching orders from voters, former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo--now running as a third-party candidate for governor Colorado--remarked:
It is an attitude that you see all the time. Yes, I spent 10 years in Congress. I could certainly see it there. There is a sort of an elitist idea that seeps into the head of a lot of people who get elected. And they begin to think of themselves as, really, there for only one purpose and that is to make laws. And why would you make laws? Well, because you know, better than anybody else what to do.
Huh? Some government officials get the “elitist idea” that they should make laws? Isn’t that the primary purpose of lawmakers, to make laws? Of course, Tancredo--who’s become a favorite of the right-wing “tea party” cultists, because he’s done such idiotic things as call President Obama “the greatest threat to the United States today, the greatest threat to our liberty, the greatest threat to the Constitution of the United States, the greatest threat to our way of life; everything we believe in”--is not known for making sense. But even for him, this ridiculous answer to a question that demonstrates nothing so clearly as partisan arrogance has to mark a new low in a campaign season that’s been largely bereft of coherent debate.

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