While I often disagree with Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), he usually doesn’t practice sleazeball politics. He’s also disgusted by the Cult of Stupidity that has enveloped the Republican Party:
For Hagel, almost as disturbing as Palin’s lack of experience is her willingness–in disparaging remarks about Joe Biden’s long Senate career, for example–to belittle the notion that experience is important. “There’s no question, she knows her market,” Hagel said. “She knows her audience, and she’s going right after them. And I’ll tell you why that’s dangerous. It’s dangerous because you don’t want to define down the standards in any institution, ever, in life. You want to always strive to define standards up. If you start defining standards down–‘Well, I don’t have a big education, I don’t have experience’–yes, there’s a point to be made that not all the smartest people come out of Yale or Harvard. But to intentionally define down in some kind of wild populism, that those things don’t count in a complicated, dangerous world–that’s dangerous in itself.
“There was a political party in this country called the Know-Nothings,” he continued. “And we’re getting on the fringe of that, with these one-issue voters–pro-choice or pro-life. Important issue, I know that. But, my goodness. The world is blowing up everywhere, and I just don’t think that is a responsible way to see the world, on that one issue. And, interestingly enough, that is one issue that stopped John McCain from picking one of the people he really wanted, Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge”–the Independent senator from Connecticut and the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania. (Both men are pro-choice.)
Nuance. How very….French
I’m glad to see a conservative Republican (in a sane environment, Hagel is a conservative Republican) recognize the importance of not being a fucking moron.