Sometimes I hear politicians talk and the fact that they can look directly at a reporter or into a camera and say things that a child would know is utter nonsense and I just marvel. Here’s a great example from House Speaker John Boehner saying one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a politician say:
BOEHNER: Well, Bob, we should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal. We’ve got more laws than the administration could ever enforce. And so we don’t do commemorative bills on the floor. We don’t do all that nonsense. We deal with what the American people want us to deal with. Unpopular? Yes. Why? We’re in a divided government. We’re fighting for what we believe in. Sometimes, you know, the American people don’t like this mess.
More laws than the administration could ever enforce? What’s the limit, congressman? 800? 900? 10,000? Or is a focus on the actual number of laws rather than what they do the kind of thing that could be compelling only to a moron? And which is it? Are you dealing with what the American people want you to deal with (while sitting at about a 10% approval rate) or is it unpopular? It can’t be both. Do you really think people want you to hold almost 40 votes to repeal a law that isn’t going to be repealed even if you voted for that a thousand times? Do you think people are that stupid?
This is like a quarterback saying, “I think you should judge me on how many touchdowns I don’t throw this year and how many games we don’t win.