Idiot Quote of the Day

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CPAC 2013 got off to a roaring start with one of the conservative movement’s leading intellectuals, Louie Gohmert, opening act.

“Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!”

A few more million gallons of Agent Orange (“400,000 [Vietnamese] were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children born with birth defects as a result of its use“) would have done the trick. The 20,000,000 gallons that Americans used from 1962 to 1971 to spray forests in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia was way short of what was really needed to have done the job properly. Right, Louie?

It’s hard enough to fathom how there could be that many people foolish enough to cast their vote for a total ignoramus like Gohmert. It’s even harder to understand why the Republican party would want to showcase this man’s ignorance.

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Comments

  1. Craig says:

    Mario you missed the obvious illustration of Gohmert as “Gohmert” Pyle!

  2. E.A. Blair says:

    Number of communist countries in 1983: 26

    Number of communist countries in 2013: 4

    Validity of “domino theory”: less than zero

    Justification for war in Vietnam: none

    Effectiveness of war in Vietnam for preventing Viet Minh victory: none

    Louie Gohmert’s intelligence: owes the scale a few points

    Intelligence of people who vote for Gohmert: ditto

    Intelligence of people who agree witht Gohmert: ditto

    @Craig: I disagree. For one thing, “Gohmert Pyle” is too easy a cheap shot; for another, it denigrates Jim Nabors, because it takes a skilled actor to convincingly portray a simpleton, whereas genuine stupidity (or organic simplicity) is a prerequisite for being one.

  3. Marcus says:

    I’m not saying Gohmert is right, but he might be. When public support for the war was lost, so was the war. What would have happened if the government had done a better job of PR back home? Maybe, the war could have been won. Having the media bring the war to our televisions and into our homes didn’t help.

  4. Craig says:

    Valid points E.A., but still! ;-)

  5. Robert says:

    I have the less than dubious honor to live in Gomer’s congressional district. I have sent him so many emails telling him how stupid he is that I’m beginning to see secret service agents behind every tree. I HAVE NOT THREATENED THAT MAN!! When I use email to question his IQ, his office responds with a return email notifying me of his upcoming appearances on FOX. As if I give a _ _ _ _.

  6. Infidel753 says:

    with one of the conservative movement’s leading intellectuals, Louie Gohmert, opening act

    I am having a hard time thinking of any pair of terms that belong together less than “Louie Gohmert” and “intellectual”.

    They snubbed Christie, but they invited Palin, Trump, and this guy — a clown even among clowns — as speakers? Well, he seems to have gotten them off to a good start, embarrassment-wise. I can’t imagine anyone other than a few hard-core teabaggers being able to listen to his Vietnam schtick without rolling their eyes.

  7. Robert Hyndman says:

    Marcus:
    You and Louie are very, very wrong. PR and media didn’t defeat us, the Vietnamese/ Vietcong did.
    Children, as young as eight, were seen volunteering to carry field packs from the North.
    If we didn’t quit when we did, we would still be there; dying.