The GOP and the Dems don’t have the market on staggering stupidity cornered. Check out the Libertarians.
Jesus Pole-dancing Christ. How are you not prepared for a question you know is coming?
You might remember earlier this week when Libertarian candidate for Leader of the Free World® Gary Johnson didn’t know what “Aleppo” was.
“What is Aleppo?” Mr. Johnson said when asked on MSNBC how, as president, he would address the refugee crisis in the war-torn Syrian city.
When pressed as to whether he was serious, Mr. Johnson indicated that he really was not aware of the city, which has been widely covered during the years that Syria has been engulfed in civil war. After Mike Barnicle, an MSNBC commentator who is often part of the “Morning Joe” program panel, explained that Aleppo was the center of Syria’s refugee crisis, Mr. Johnson struggled to recover.
“O.K., got it,” he said…
Breathtaking, huh? It gets better.I mean, we know that the Libs’ foreign policy is basically no foreign policy at all, but still, the guy’s running for president. You’d think he’d have heard of the Middle East’s current most significant smoldering dumpster fire, right?
So you had to figure that Lily Tang Williams, the party’s candidate for Senate in Colorado, would be loaded for bear in anticipation of the inevitable Aleppo question later that day in her interview with Colorado Public Radio. As in, you know, she’s read the Wikipedia entry and anything else she could get her hands on.
You’d be wrong.
[Ryan] Warner: I’d like to ask you about a bit of news that’s come out this morning. The Libertarian presidential candidate was asked about Aleppo and did not know what Aleppo was. Are you aware of what happened?
Tang Williams: Actually I just found out this morning, like you can educate me. I don’t know either. What is it?
Warner: What Aleppo is?
Tang Williams: Yes.
Warner: In Syria. Do you know that’s sort of the epicenter of the conflict?
Tang Williams: Yeah, right, that’s Middle East conflict. But how do you explain this word?
Warner: Well it’s the name of a place.
Tang Williams: Ok, just name of place? I’m still learning a lot about foreign policies.
Hold on. It gets even betterer.
Warner: Do you believe that climate change is occurring in part because of human factors?
Tang Williams: You know what I keep telling people, I’m not best educated on this subject. I’m not convinced either way. But my principles is that it doesn’t matter if it’s global warming or global cooling. If we become more rich and prosperous, we could have the technology know how, skills and wealth to deal with it. For example, if it’s global warming, everybody has air conditioning. If it’s global cooling, everybody has heating. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Because I lived in China we’re so poor, we didn’t have any of those. We even did not have electricity in the countryside when I was growing up.
Warner: So what you’re saying is that the answer to climate change is air conditioning?
In other words, after you watch the daily shitshow at the big corporate political theaters (you know, The Republican Landmark and The Democrat Pavilions), pop around the corner, because there’s a great little indie comedy showing at The Lib.
Jesus is coming, children, and he’s absolutely fucking speechless.