As I’ve said before, I’m not happy when lawmakers make simple historical blunders, but I can live with them. Nobody’s perfect.
It’s the refusal to admit that you have made a mistake that I cannot stand, and it only serves to make the initial mistake even worse.
Today’s case in point:
In an attempt to explain away her claim that the founding fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery (even though many of them owned slaves), Michele Bachmann attempts to lump our sixth President, abolitionist John Quincy Adams, into the group of founding fathers, even though he was nine years old at the time that the Declaration of Independence was written and a twenty year old college student at the time of the writing and adoption of the US Constitution.
Congratulations, Michele. You just made yourself look even more idiotic.
Just say, “Yup, I screwed up,” and move on. Admit your mistake and it will be forgotten in a day or two.
Otherwise your Good Morning America interview will go viral, thousands of bloggers write about your blunder-to-explain-a-blunder, and the story continues.
Honestly, who are advising these morons?