In the past week or so, politicians on both sides of the issue have said things that are industrial-grade stupid. Vice President Joe Biden told a group that Republicans wanted to put them “back in chains.” Over the weekend Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said pregnancies rarely result from “legitimate rape” because a woman’s body has a defense mechanism to prevent pregnancy.
Both of these statements show a stunning amount of ignorance and idiocy.
I would like to propose a 24-hour waiting period for politicians who want to speak in public. That way, they might have a chance to think about what they are going to say and reflect on whether their statements might make them look like complete morons.
But, you might say, the Akin comment came during an interview. How was he supposed to know the subject of abortion would come up? First, he’s talked about abortion over and over again and it’s his own fault if he was unprepared for the question. Second, use the waiting period to simulate an interview. I know lots and lots of unemployed journalists who would be a great resource for politicians. They’d help prepare and a politician could say they were creating jobs!
Movie Review: The Campaign
My political junkie nature and the fact it really wasn’t that funny kept me from enjoying this movie.
Basically, The Campaign is a 85-minute screed against the “Citizen’s United” Supreme Court ruling. I liked the idea of the movie, a couple of wealthy brothers (Dan Akroyd and John Lithgow) pour millions of dollars into a Congressional campaign to get someone sympathetic to their agenda elected.
But what ruined the movie me wasn’t the predictable jokes or the pornographic campaign ad produced by one of the candidates. It was the utter unbelievability of the polling that broke the spell for me.
As they got closer to election day, polls showed one candidate up by 12 points until they committed a big gaffe that left them down by 8 points within 24 hours. I don’t care how bad the act is (one of the politicians punches a baby and a dog), there is no way that produces a 20-point swing that is then completely erased within a matter of weeks.
Yes, I’m a dork.
Jordan soccer report: The varsity lady Beetdiggers downed Highland 3-0 last week. The JV wasn’t so fortunate. Freshman goalkeeper Kari Schott made a number of spectacular one-on-one saves in the second half to keep the game scoreless, but a free kick late in the game snuck under the crossbar and gave Hillcrest the 1-0 win.
Next up for Jordan are night games against Lone Peak on Tuesday and Murray on Thursday.
Parting thought: “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ~ Charles De Gaulle