They Just Can't Help Themselves

In another blog that I used to write, I had a piece called You Can't Make This Stuff Up.  As the title would suggest, it was devoted entirely to things that were so outrageous and stupid, they had to be real.  Who would make up something so idiotic?  Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann were my two favorite honorees, so you can imagine how much fun it was to both write and read. That piece would eventually evolve into the current Idiots' Delight feature on this blog.

Why the bio?  Because it's become painfully obvious to me that some people, regardless of how much rope you give them, just can't help but hang themselves.  And while some of the targets of my ire have been Democrats, the overwhelming majority have been Republicans.

What's the reason for this?  Simple.  They just can't help themselves.  They seem to have a predisposition towards embarrassing themselves.  Like some recessive gene that causes severe cases of stupidity at inopportune moments.

Case in point Tom Smith, the GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate running against incumbent Democrat Bob Casey.  You know the old saying, when it rains it pours?  Obviously, Smith doesn't,  because, during an interview, he compared pregnancy caused by rape to "having a baby out of wedlock."

Yes, folks, not two weeks after Todd Akin's famous "legitimate rape" debacle, another of the GOP's visionaries has stepped in it.  Fortunately for the Republican Party this brain fart won't be all that costly.  For one, the Pennsylvania seat was never in any jeopardy of turning red.  Virtually all the polls show Casey with a comfortable lead.  Secondly, and more importantly, it's getting redundant pointing out how completely out to lunch this Party has become over the last few years. If they're not embarrassed by now, they never will be.

In fact, just yesterday, Michele Bachmann said, "We are looking at a spiritual hurricane in our land," regarding the actual hurricane taking aim at the Gulf coast.  Last year Bachmann suggested that Hurricane Irene and the earthquake that shook the east coast were warnings from God.  The Republican Party today is like Whac-A-Mole.  You smack one down, two more pop up.

You really can't make this stuff up.  Maybe, instead of having a feature devoted to idiocy, I should write one about sane Republicans who don't embarrass themselves.  My only concern is that I might go a whole year before I write anything.