Here’s the Secretary of State for the great state of Kentucky, and senatorial candidate, opining on the wonder of the Israelis Iron Dome missile defense system:
The Iron Dome has been a big reason why Israel has been able to withstand the terrorists that have tried to tunnel their way in…
Now, does this mean that Grimes is stupid? No, but let’s apply the fairness doctrine here and compare this to the excoriation of Sarah Palin after she said she had some knowledge of the Russians during an ABC interview. The actual quote, not the Saturday Night Live one —
They’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska…
Alaskan state government doesn’t do any direct negotiations with Russia, that is the purview of the federal government, but Alaskan state politics has long been concerned with security, and with economic competition in the areas of oil and natural gas production with Russia. It’s pretty easy to imagine Palin assumed people would realize that as governor of Alaska, she might have some knowledge of Russian-American relations, just as a governor in the southwest should be expected to have some knowledge of the state of the Mexican border. Instead, Palin was touted as stupid and uneducated.
That brings us back to Grimes. Instead of saying, “Nope, I was completely misinformed about Israel because i just ape the talking points the party gives me” — which I doubt would actually hurt a candidate in this age of stunningly opinionated, yet uninformed youths — she trotted this out:
“The Iron Dome is an integral part of Israel’s defense system which allows them to defend themselves against missiles and focus their efforts on eradicating the terrorists who try to tunnel their way in…”
Fair enough. Maybe she misspoke. I mean the president visited 57 states in this nation with a constitution that is 20 centuries old. (I think Cicero help out with the writing…), so it’s possible, when racing from one fund-raiser to another that you might not think through your answer before engaging brain; we’ve all done it. And she is running against Mitch McConnell — a corrupt man who’s loss to the nation would not be mourned — so what the hell? What’s another idiot in Congress more or less?