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Monday, October 16, 2006

America's Dumbest Congressmen

Good Evening, everybody. . .John Good here, filling in for Kasey Casem. Tonight's broadcast sheds a bright light upon our MIS-representation in Congress. RADAR ranks 'em, and we're counting 'em down. . .

Congress, as any CSPAN viewer can attest, has never been a bastion of intelligence. As far back as a century ago, Samuel Johnson was demeaning the nation's legislators as a "circus of rogues and fools." But when it comes to
sheer stupidity, the men and women of the 109th have distinguished themselves as a breed apart.

Despite a notoriously compliant president and Republican majorities in both houses, they've spent over 600 days in session without conducting a shred of productive business, which is not to say they've just sat around. As the war in Iraq raged out of control, they futilely postured over an unconstitutional flag-burning amendment that was clearly destined to go up in flames. They rallied around the brain-dead Terry Schiavo after the Senate majority leader, watching her on television, claimed to detect signs of life. And their hijinks culminated this month with l'affaire Mark Foley, which raised the question of just who a guy needs to blow on the Hill to get the attention of the brain-dead House leadership.

But in a notably dumb year, perhaps the dumbest move came from Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, who sponsored a bill seeking $20 million in taxpayer money for a
party to celebrate America's victory in Iraq. Not long ago such flagrant obtuseness might have ensured the senator a place on our annual list of America's Dumbest Congressmen. Alas, given this year's stiff competition, he didn't even make runner-up.

And now, on to our countdown:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I think I just read about this over at J4TR.

title="comment permalink">October 16, 2006 10:34 PM  
Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Just shows to go ya that just because you're elected to Congress doesn't mean yur any smarter than the next guy!

What a waste of taxpayers money! At least for this session. I want an apology and a refund.

title="comment permalink">October 16, 2006 11:27 PM  

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