There's dumb, dumber, and then there's Tom Tancredo
I read about this story earlier and forgot to blog about it.
Sometimes I wonder how people this stupid get elected to represent the masses. What must the residents in the sixth district of Colorado have thought when U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, in an on-air interview, gave the following response to a question about how the country should respond if terrorists were to strike several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons:
“Well, what if you said something like – if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites,” Tancredo answered.
“You’re talking about bombing Mecca,” [WFLA’s Pat] Campbell said. “Yeah,” Tancredo responded. The congressman went on to say that he was “just throwing out some ideas” but that an “ultimate threat” might have to be met with an “ultimate response.”
Tancredo released a statement Sunday evening in which he said he was simply trying to figure out what the United States could use as a threat to deter future attacks.
“Among the many things we might do to prevent such an attack on America would be to lay out there as a possibility the destruction of these sites,” he wrote.
And what has to be one of the funniest punchlines ever:
His spokesman, Will Adams, said the congressman is a “free thinker” who was grappling with a hypothetical situation.
Adams left out a word. He meant intelligence-free thinker. I’m sure this quip will be floating around on Al-Jazeera and winning folks over.
And in what will send chills down the spine of all voters, Mr. T is shooting beyond the Peter Principle.
Recently, Tancredo has been toying with the idea of running for president, visiting two states important in the early primary season: New Hampshire and Iowa.