Watched Sarah Palin. Ouch brain. UPDATE
President Obama used the phrase “Sputnik moment” in the SOTU speech this week, and Sarah Palin thought it was a “WTF moment”:
That’s right: she thinks Sputnik bankrupted the Soviet Union. She actually didn’t understand the reference.
How can anyone in political life be that ignorant of American life and culture? How? Do we just not expect people to know things anymore?
Admittedly picking out “the dumbest thing Sarah Palin ever said” is a target-rich environment. Remember when she couldn’t think of a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v Wade? You’d have thought Baker v Exxon might have rung a bell, or maybe Bush v Gore; but no. Remember when she thought Africa was a country? The nonsense about death panels? About how proximity to Russia (presumably) made all Alaskans foreign policy experts? Our North Korean allies? When she didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was? Those weren’t isolated incidents and they weren’t just verbal gaffes either. And she’s a big freaking hero to Conservatives.
So tell me, why should we be “respectful” of anyone who listens to her? After inflicting her on the US, why is John McCain still a senator? Why hasn’t the whole Republican party risen up and tossed her and Beck and the whole know-nothing arm of the Conservative movement out the door? Why does anyone listen to any of them? Once upon a time there used to be smart Conservatives; there really were. What the hell happened?
- Ed Darrell at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, apparently he of more durable brain, does the heavy lifting on this one:
“…So, when President Obama refers to a “Sputnik moment,” he isn’t referring to a foolish expenditure of money for space junk that bankrupts the nation. He’s referring to that time in 1957 when America woke up to the fact that education is important to defense, and to preparing for the future, and did a lot about improving education. Between the G.I. Bill’s education benefits and the NDEA, the U.S. became the world’s leader in science and technology for the latter half of the 20th century.
But we’ve coasted on that 1958 law for too long…”
- …followed immediately by reflection on Santayana’s Ghost
- ***Dave has a number of questions for Sarah, including; “Does the Divine Ms. Half-Term Governor actually know what “WTF” means, even?”