16 October 2008
Idiot of the Week Contender: Stephen Baldwin
Who could beat Sarah Palin in an idiot contest? How about a Baldwin brother. That brood has a built-in advantage, and Stephen steps up to the plate this week with an extraordinary piece of idiocy. It pales in comparison to the time brother Alec called on a mob to sack the home of Henry Hyde, but we don't judge idiocy by sheer bloodthirstiness. We judge it by the pure stupidity of challenging Senator Obama to a fight, calling him a "cultural terrorist," and being so scared of his ascent that he threatens to emigrate if Obama's elected. Meanwhile, Palin's stupidity of a few days ago may only show that she's hard of hearing. After all, she claims she's never heard anyone threatening Obama's life at her rallies. She could play up this hard-of-hearing angle to win some sympathy. The next time she hears people yelling at her and isn't sure what they're saying, she could say, "Louder!" Then maybe her audience will think she's heckling them. But until Palin's exact idiot status is resolved, I'm leaning toward Baldwin this week.