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Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me There Was A Wingnut Ditz Derby Going On?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 30, 2009

Geez, did I miss a memo or something?

For the past few weeks, it looked like Michele Bachmann was going to win the Harris-Chenoweth Golden Cuckoo Trophy in a walk. I mean, let’s just look at her output from the past forty-eight hours: Not only did she conflate gays and pedophiles, but she also tried to link swine flu to Democratic administrations (which is especially hilarious as the last major swine flu outbreak occurred during the tenure of Republican president Gerald R. Ford). But as Spencer Ackerman shows, she’s now got some serious, elbow-throwing competition in the form of Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who trashed Matthew Shepard.

Perhaps this is why Michele’s upped the wackaloon ante by reaming out FDR over the “Hoot-Smalley” tariff. (It’s good enough, it’s smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like it!) Even better: That legislation was enacted before FDR was president.

2 Responses to “Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me There Was A Wingnut Ditz Derby Going On?”

  1. Doran said

    I recommend that Bachmann Turnher Overdrive off, lest she start speaking in tongues…..

  2. MEC said

    It isn’t completely divorced from reality to connect the Tariff to economic conditions during the Roosevelt Administration, since it remained in effect into his Administration. And as Wikipedia says, “some economic historians consider the political discussion leading up to the passing of the act a factor in causing the crash, the recession that began in late 1929, or both, and its eventual passage a factor in deepening the Great Depression.”

    Blaming FDR for it, however, is completely antithetical to truth, since it not only was it passed before he was elected, but Smoot and Hawley were both Republicans. Roosevelt spoke against it during the 1932 campaign.

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