On the stupidity of politicians

Sometimes, all you can do is marvel at the stupidity, or maybe the media savvy, of politicians, the latest example of which is Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.

Recently, she was asked three times if she had voted for President Obama and three times she refused to answer, citing at one point her constitutional right to keep her vote secret.

What makes this doubly idiotic is that she served as a delegate at the 2012 Democratic nominating convention. Guess who was nominated?

This is reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s Watergate denials.

Here’s what Grimes should have said:

“Yes, I voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 but I have some fundamental disagreements with many of his policy decisions, including etc., etc., etc.”

But would it have worked? At least one pundit has posited that as soon as she said, “Yes, I voted for President Obama …” it would have instantly become an anti Grimes ad without benefit of her follow-up comments. And that’s probably true because as often as they are stupid, politicians, or their handlers, are venal when it comes to using the words of their opponents in edited, but negative, form.