Saturday, 19 November 2011

Hint: the first name of the President of Uzbekistan is easy to remember.

Rachel Maddow Show, November 16th, 2011

One of the things that I find absolutely stunning in the Republican Presidential race so far is the fact that not only being a supposedly "untainted" outsider who has never held office or worked in politics is considered a good thing, but appearing uninformed and disinterested in policy (especially foreign policy) is regarded as the best way to prove that you have never been part of the evil system, as if being a businessman somehow automatically means that you're innocent and incorruptible. If you are running for this particular office that comes with all this power and influence (and influence on people who can't even vote for you), the correct way of reacting to not knowing something is "I will look it up / I will have someone brief me on this issue". Ignorance isn't some magical protective spell, or at least it shouldn't be

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