Clown Award: John Yoo
Now for one of our regular weekly features, the Clown Award, given more meritorious stupidity. This week, the Clown Award involves an example of what I call unintentional humor, which is when someone says or does something that was meant to be serious but makes you laugh anyway.
The winner of the big red nose this week goes to the author of a recent piece in the right-wing rag the National Review pronounced that President Obama does not have the legal power for the health-care decisions he made about letting people keep their substandard plans. The author called it "another lawless act" by the Obama administration and an example "the same unconstitutional claim to raw power that he has exercised in the past."
The person in such high dudgeon about Obama's "claims to raw power" and "lawless acts," the one so concerned with the Constitution, the winner of the big red nose, is that classic clown, John Yoo. Yes, that John Yoo, the man who authored the legal memoes for the Bush gang, the ones that argued that torture actually isn't torture and things like sleep deprivation and waterboarding were totally legal and even if they're not, they are anyway.
Y'know, it doesn't take a lot of brains to be a doofus - but the truth is, it takes a fair amount of intelligence to be as much of a clown as John Yoo.