A few weeks ago, Washington, D.C. was host to CPAC, a yearly gathering of the conservative activist base, out of which bold new political innovations were supposed to blossom. It seems to me that this didn't happen, unless you count 14-year-old Buckley clones or "urban/suburban hip hop dance mixes" as bold, new, or innovative. But whatever, I'll help the GOP out with a bold, new idea: how about y'all stop repeating talking points once they've been debunked, or, better yet, preemptively KNOWING WHAT THE FRACK YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, and not opening your cakehole to emit stuff that gets debunked, ten minutes later. Seriously, GOP, you guys can take the lead on this initiative, if you want.
A fitting example of what I am talking about came up in the submission of Peggy Santoro, who sends in this video from Monday, March 2, of Fox's Megyn Kelly and U.S. Representative Trent Franks, from Arizona's 2nd District. In it, they discuss an earmark for a special train that connects Disneyland to the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. Franks paints this as an earmark served up by Harry Reid. Naturally, none of this is true.
Back when the fight was over the stimulus package, we were told that Harry Reid wanted to build a railroad from L.A. to Vegas. In truth, no such funds were allocated by the stimpack for that purpose, an easily researchable fact. Now that the battle is over the budget, we have this L.A.-to-a-brothel myth. The truth is, the earmark is to "rebuild the historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad between Gold Hill and Carson City." Now, I have no idea if this is worthwhile spending on the merits. It may not be the best use of taxpayer dollars. But one thing I'm sure of is that a railroad that connects Gold Hill and Carson City falls short of the Sunset Strip to Sin City Express that Franks attempts to sell, here.
"No wonder people have lost trust in the U.S. Government," Franks says. And he's right! But if people like Franks simply stopped doing this sort of thing, the trust would return, maybe!