GOP, MI-07 — July 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

Tim Walberg drops “Bomb of historical ignorance”


Sorry for so much MI-07 blogging lately but there’s just too much goodness emanating from my humble little Congressional District these days. This one actually made it to the front page of Daily Kos:

Tim Walberg ain’t exactly a Harvard-trained surgeon. He only beat one in 2006.

But the former Bible salesman turned one-term congressman oddly seemed determined to prove this fact at a Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce forum last week for 7th District GOP candidates.


“With the 9/12 movement, the Tea Party, people are standing up really for the first time in history,” Walberg declared.

Now much of the debate was the Republicans trying to out-crazy each other, essentially arguing the government caused the Wall Street financial meltdown of ’08 with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, hippie bike trails are the reason why Michigan doesn’t have the cash to patch roads and Romney-style health care reform will enslave Americans in way Joe Stalin would envy.

But this beautiful bomb of historical ignorance really took the cake.

There have, of course, been many other movements in American history, from the 19th Century progressives to the turn-of-the century suffragists to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. All of these were large-scale efforts that permanently transformed society — not just for an election (and the jury’s still out on 2010).

“Bomb of historical ignorance.” I don’t know blogger Susan J. Demas personally but, after that pithy description, I think I like her a lot.

I also love that Tim Walberg has to read the list of things he stands for off his Blackberry. This guy wants another bite of the apple? Perish the thought.

I’m just sayin’…