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Imagine what would happen if this ignoramus were a Republican

beavis

Heh, heh, Butthead, do I look smart yet, dumb ass?

Imagine Beavis or Butthead in Congress.  Wait, you don't have to imagine it at all.  We have several, even many, who could top the MTV brainiacs  when it comes to ignorance.

One such politician represents Brooklyn, New York.   She has been reelected three times.  And her district gave 90% of its votes to Barack Obama in 2008.

Does this bit of news prove  that there should be a test for all who seek public office?  Maybe something like the SAT, administered by the Educational Testing Service in Princeton? Perhaps with an emphasis on American history,  the basics of American government, and current world events, just for starters?  There would be no "failing" score.  Buffoons could still run for office with a score of zero.  But their scores would be revealed to the voting public.  Just a thought.

Another thought:  what if this congressperson mentioned below happened to be a Republican?  What kind of coverage do you think this story would get?

From the New York Daily News

Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn tells Stephen Colbert the Dutch enslaved blacks in Brooklyn in 1898

see the whole horrifying interview here.

“Some have called Brooklyn’s decision to become part of New York City 'The Great Mistake of 1898,'" Colbert said. "If you could get in a time machine and go back to 1898, what would you say to those Brooklynites?" "I would say to them, 'Set me free,'" Clarke said.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) botched both American and Kings County history during an appearance on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night.

The pol wrongly said that slavery in the United States existed under the Dutch as late as 1898 in Brooklyn.

“Some have called Brooklyn’s decision to become part of New York City 'The Great Mistake of 1898,'" Colbert said. "If you could get in a time machine and go back to 1898, what would you say to those Brooklynites?"

"I would say to them, 'Set me free,'" Clarke said. Pressed by Colbert what she would be free from, the African-American congresswoman responded, "Slavery."

"Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898," Colbert said, giving Clarke a chance to step back from her remarks.

She didn’t.
“I’m pretty sure there was,” Clarke continued.

“It sounds like a horrible part of the United States that kept slavery going until 1898,” Colbert followed.

The lawmaker seemed to pause, saying “Uh.”

But Colbert kept going, asking, “Who would be enslaving you in 1898 in New York?”

Still not finished, Clarke responded, “The Dutch.”

“Those sneaky Dutch bastards,” Colbert said.

Clarke responded, “Exactly.”

The Dutch left Brooklyn in the 1600s and slavery was abolished in New York State in 1827.

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5 comments to Imagine what would happen if this ignoramus were a Republican

  • All I can conjure up after reading this is Charles Krauthammer's description of Joe Biden: 'preternaturally stupid.'

  • Beavis and Butthead had some sort of redeeming quality and value as (low brow) entertainment.

    I can't conjure up any value to this woman.

  • mattmurphy

    I just watched the interview. Ms. Clarke seems like a nice woman, but I think she was selected for office using William F. Buckley's "phone book" method of picking legislators. FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE IT WAS A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT, BROOKLYN, NOTHING BUT A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT!!!! PLEASE PUT DOWN THE YELLOW PAGES AND SLOWLY BACK AWAY!

  • La Conchita

    If i didn't know any better, I would swear that Karl Rove has deployed a secret telepathic brain-mouth control mechanism to manipulate what is coming out of Democrat's mouths these past few weeks. He appears to have laid exclusive claim over Debbie Wazz-a-man-shulz.

  • asombra

    Obviously, all she needs to keep her job is to be black and play the race card, however crudely. She may not know much, but she knows that much. Sadly, not to say scandalously, that’s good enough. And don’t even think of calling her unfit to sit in Congress. That would, of course, be racist. But she's not the problem. It's not her fault there are sufficient voters who'd put someone like her in the top tier of government. And it's not her fault our system would allow such a grotesque miscarriage of legislative responsibility. All she is is a symptom of disease.