Back when I was in radio, I used to do a feature every day called “The Stupidest People (or Person) in the World Award.” I’d find some funny or ridiculous story in the Associated Press’s “kicker” file, which is a daily compendium of absurd but true stories, and the person or people involved would get the award.
Time to revive the franchise. And so…
It’s time for the Stupidest People In The World Awards, and once again, for those of you wondering, yes, the bad English and implicit irony therein is intentional.
Today’s winners: Approximately half of the Republicans in South Carolina, according to a recent poll by Winthrop University reported in the State newspaper.
The poll results indicate that 36 percent of South Carolina Republicans believe Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and another 11 percent “aren’t sure.” Further, 30 percent of those surveyed believe Obama is a Muslim.
Like (doubtless) most of you, I thought this issue was settled when the President released his long-form birth certificate. Actually, I thought it was settled when he released the short-form, which is legal proof of birth and citizenship everywhere…except in the minds of some pig-ignorant Southerners, it appears.
How ridiculous is a position when even Karl Rove is saying “drop it”? The same Karl Rove who somehow turned a coke-snorting, alcoholic, draft-dodging deserter into a shining example of patriotism in the public eye, while simultaneously turning a bona fide highly-decorated war hero into a villain? When the muck is so flimsy even THAT guy won’t fling it, you know it’s thin indeed.
Nonetheless, a good 47 percent of the South Carolina GOP are persisting, perhaps — in my opinion — because they can’t openly refer to Barack Obama by the one word they’d really like to, the one emblazoned on a rock outside Rick Perry’s hunting camp.
Half of the South Carolina GOP, today’s Stupidest People In The World! And watch this space for more examples of the lowest common denominator.