A guest post by PF Whalen of Blue State Conservative.
Frequently, the week’s top knucklehead earns this dreaded honor for a singular, overwhelmingly idiotic action or statement which is supported by other, underlying knuckleheadedness. Occasionally, however, we come across a candidate who inexplicably decides to engage in rapid-fire ridiculousness by repeatedly saying or doing one stupid thing after another. Such was the case this week with the incomparable Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Winner: Liz ‘Pocahontas’ Warren repeatedly exposes herself as a bonehead.
There are undoubtedly some smug, leftist elites who will dismiss the idea that Pocahontas can be a knucklehead. They’ll lecture, “She’s an academic, she’s intelligent,” and then they’ll point to her Ivy League “background.” For starters, Liz Warren never graduated from an Ivy League school. She graduated from the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School. Both are fine schools, but that education doesn’t exactly make her Albert Einstein. Additionally, those Ivy League credentials she likes to throw around are only due to her various professorships, each of which she was hired to under false pretenses having falsely claimed she’s Native American, a claim she now admits is false. It’s fair to ask, therefore, would Reservation Liz have even been hired by Harvard or Penn if her resume had shown her to be just another white person?
Nonetheless, let’s concede that Liz Warren is relatively intelligent. That still doesn’t mean she can’t be a knucklehead. Remember, Bill Clinton was a Rhodes Scholar who somehow thought it was a good idea to play Hide The Cigar with a 21-year-old intern. So, what did Senator Warren do this week to earn herself the title of Knucklehead of the Week? Let’s consider three separate incidents:
1) While the senator may bear no intellectual resemblance to Albert Einstein, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk does. On Tuesday, for reasons that are still unclear, Sen. Warren decided to pick a fight with Musk on Twitter, and things did not go well for the senator. Warren kicked off the exchange with, “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” referring to Time Magazine’s recent selection of Musk as Person of the Year. Elon was having none of it and gave Warren a new nickname in the process stating, “Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen.” Ouch.
Aside from Donald Trump, there may not be a better social media counterpuncher than Elon Musk, so that was your first mistake, Senator Karen. And your second was to make that tired, anti-capitalist argument that “the rich don’t pay their fair share.” (Note: that last quote comes off much better if you read it to yourself with a whiny voice). For your information, Liz, the top 1% of wage earners pay over 40% of all federal taxes. Meanwhile, 47% of Americans, the lowest wage earners, pay zero federal taxes. So, who are the real freeloaders, Liz?
2) On Monday, Warren channeled her inner-AOC when she opined, “Families are rightly upset that the price of meat has gone through the roof. Who’s to blame? Meatpacking monopolies that are using inflation as cover to raise prices and make record profits.” It’s those greedy capitalists, you see. Isn’t it fascinating that they only became greedy now that Joe Biden is in the White House? Most Democratic legislators struggle with fundamental concepts of macroeconomics, but AOC, Bernie Sanders, and Senator Karen seem to struggle the most.
There is no meatpacking monopoly, there’s plenty of competition in the industry. What’s driving the skyrocketing price of meat is the Law of Supply and Demand, of course, which is apparently too difficult a concept to grasp for Miss Ivy League. Here’s the reality: Both supply and demand have been negatively impacted by President Biden and Democratic lawmakers like Warren. Demand is up because we’ve been handing out ‘free’ money to folks like it’s candy. And supply is down due to, among other things, the devastating supply chain crisis because folks feel like they don’t need to work. Maybe Pocahontas can sit in on an Economics 101 course at one of those highfalutin institutions she used to work at.
3) In an OpEd in the Boston Globe on Wednesday, the Senator did her best to intimidate the Supreme Court into not overturning Roe V Wade, when she advocated once again for court-packing, this time calling specifically for “four or more” new justices on the court. She probably also thought she might scare some key Republicans at the same time. But she’s wrong. This was another absurd move by Warren in a week full of absurd moves.
The only thing Warren’s court-packing threats do is to pour fuel on the fire of partisanship and to give Republicans in red and purple states ammunition to use as evidence of the radicalness of the Democratic Party. It may not be an idle threat, she may very well be sincere; along with other key Democrats. But court-packing is institutional suicide if it ever happens. Such a move would be the first in over 150 years, it would cause absolute outrage and a never-ending spiral of tit-for-tat judicial appointments, and it could lead to unprecedented divisiveness in the country. If you think we’re divided now, just imagine if such a maneuver were to actually go through.
Liz Warren had a bad week. She challenged Elon Musk to a battle of wits and went into that battle unarmed. She pointed the finger at fellow Americans regarding her understanding of economics, despite not even being able to spell “economics.” And she tried to scare and inflame her political opponents, but only illustrated her party’s extremism in so doing. And it is for those reasons that we can say, without question, Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren is a knucklehead.
Honorable Mention #1: Jen Psaki is asked to name Biden’s biggest foreign policy achievement, but has no answer.
On Tuesday during a press briefing, the White House Press Secretary was asked, “What does the administration consider your biggest achievement in foreign policy in this first year?” And Circle-Back Jen responded with, “You know, this is a great question. I want to be thoughtful about it. I want to talk to the president about it.” I’ll bet you do, Jen. I’ll bet you do.
One of the keys to public speaking in such circumstances is to be prepared and to anticipate questions. But in most cases, that preparation is critical for difficult questions. This question to Jen Psaki was the equivalent of asking a kindergartner about their favorite color, or a couple of newlyweds to name something they love about their spouse. If President Trump’s Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnaney had been asked to name their administration’s biggest achievement in the waning days of Trump’s presidency, McEnaney would have been able to go on a lengthy diatribe, rattling off North Korea, Israeli peace agreements, the USMC treaty, and NATO accountability among others. But Jen couldn’t answer because Biden doesn’t have any foreign policy achievements; zero. But at the very least, Ms. Psaki should have been prepared to blab out a BS answer like she does to virtually every other question.
Honorable Mention #2: NIH Director Francis Collins marks the end of his career by singing a song about COVID.
There’s nothing wrong with someone letting their hair down occasionally, and when someone reaches retirement, it’s even more understandable. If someone on the cusp of retirement wants to get hammered at their retirement party and dance poorly with a lampshade on their head, go for it. Enjoy yourself. But not when you’re in the public eye, and certainly not with cameras filming you doing it.
Not only did Dr. Collins sing, badly, he also played the guitar; badly. He sang/played to the tune of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and apparently thought he was funny with some not-so-clever lyrics. But he didn’t come across as funny, he came across as a moron. Lives have been ruined with COVID, and in many of those cases the cause was the draconian measures from our federal government. Dr. Collins headed up a critical agency of that government. Jobs have been lost. Life savings have been depleted. Loved ones died without their children even being able to say goodbye.
There are a lot of things to be said about COVID, but none of them are funny. And if Dr. Collins wanted to get funky on his way out the door, he should have done so with a few of his colleagues in a private setting. That was not a good idea, Dr. Collins. It seems clear now that your retirement is a good thing for the country.