It’s election season and the idiots are running amok. Some just let their jaws start flapping and you can just feel the IQ drop in the room.
For example, take Congressman John Lewis from Georgia.
"What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse," Lewis said in a statement.
"During another period, in the not too distant past, there was a governor of the state of Alabama named George Wallace who also became a presidential candidate. George Wallace never threw a bomb. He never fired a gun, but he created the climate and the conditions that encouraged vicious attacks against innocent Americans who were simply trying to exercise their constitutional rights. Because of this atmosphere of hate, four little girls were killed on Sunday morning when a church was bombed in Birmingham, Alabama," wrote the Democrat.
That’s right. Criticizing the Democratic nominee for his association with someone who was an American terrorist is the same as creating “the atmosphere of hate” that led to racial violence. Perhaps Lewis should be more concerned that The Obama’s tolerance of political violence by members of his political entourage might send the wrong message.
Then there are those politicians who are idiots when they work at their day jobs. State Senator James Sullivan earned his nomination this last week when an appeals court not only decided to rule against him, but made him pay legal fees as well.
The appellate court found that Bartelt’s suit failed to make a valid claim and upheld an order of Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz dismissing it.
Sullivan should have known that he had no reasonable grounds for appeal, the court found in a decision written by Reserve Judge Daniel LaRocque.
Sullivan said Tuesday he had not seen the decision but was disappointed.
The court can award the winner the cost of the appeal and charge either the lawyer or the client, and the court ordered that Sullivan pay the costs.
The amount of the fees will be decided by Judge Dennis P. Moroney, who assumed Sankovitz’s calendar after a judicial transfer.
Fortunately for the continued reputation of Marquette Law School, Sullivan no longer has his license.
Believe it or not, even foreign politicians can be nominated for Idiot Politician of the Week. Especially when they get killed driving like a Kennedy.
Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider was driving at twice the speed limit when he died in a crash early on Saturday, court officials have said.
Mr Haider, 58, was travelling alone at 142km/h (88mph) in a 70km/h zone when his Volkswagen Phaeton V6 crashed.
The accident occurred south of Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, where he was the provincial governor.
He was leader of the Alliance for Austria's Future, and was known for his anti-immigration and anti-EU policies.
Mr Haider had crashed shortly after leaving a nightclub. However, prosecutor Gottfried Kranza would not say whether Mr Haider's body had tested positive for alcohol.
But this week’s Idiot Politician of the Week is of the domestic variety. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking a third term in office even though New York City has a term-limits law in place. Not even Mayor Rudy Giuliani sought a third term at a time when it was arguable that New York City needed the continuity in the office.
Bloomberg’s comment on term limits in general,” "I still think term limits are a good thing," might cause some to pause at the megalomania of the current occupant of city hall. After all, term limits for thee but not for me sounds less like democracy than it does of a messiah complex. You’d think Bloomberg was running for president with that opinion of himself.
So congratulations to Michael Bloomberg on becoming Idiot Politician of the Week. Might I suggest a cigar and an Oreo Cookie Cake to celebrate?