In Addington's appearance before the House, Delahunt asked Addington whethe waterboarding was discussed in White House meetings he attended. Addington's asinine reply, he couldn't discuss that because "al Qaeda may watch C-SPAN." Right, and somehow, al Qaeda having confirmation that waterboarding was discussed in the White House, rather than just being certain that it was, like the rest of us, will cause them to....? Or will reveal some kind of national security secret making us more vulnerable to....? Oh, who the fuck knows. Addison wasn't even trying to cleverly dodge questions, he was giving replies that were as transparently ridiculous as he could make them so that Congress wouldn't have any doubt about how much he disdained them.
Delahunt's reply? "Right. Well, I'm sure they are watching, and I'm glad they finally have the chance to see you, Mr. Addington." Can't you just hear the sarcasm, even in plain text? Perhaps it was a stupid, childish reply. But who would have thought that someone would take it seriously?
Enter "The Pride of Iowa, Representative Steve King!" (R-Correctionville*), a man named one of the "best and brightest in Congress" by the American Conservative Union. The man from Ireton* is outraged! According to him, Delahunt's comment was
"an invitation to Al-Qaeda to target" Addington, and With Rep. Bill Delahunt's remarks inciting al Qaeda to violence, David Addington and his family will need protection until the war on terror is over.... I wonder if Bill Delahunt is ready to guard Mr. Addington's home and family.Yeah, al Qaeda's going to target Addington because Delahunt said he was glad they were watching the hearing on C-SPAN. That computes exactly....how?
Well, who am I to question him? He's one of Congress's best and brightest. And if that thought doesn't send you to the whiskey bottle for a bout of heavy drinking, god knows what will.
Rep. King, in case my disagreement with the ACU doesn't come through loud and clear, I think you're one of the worst and the dimmest in Congress. This is one of the most stupid comments I've ever heard. You're either a complete fucking moron who was lobotomized at birth, or you're exactly whom Samuel Johnson was thinking of when he wrote, "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."