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Willfully ignorant

“Willfully ignorant” is the least-favorable way I could briefly characterize the attitude of Florida Congressman Ted Yoho in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last Wednesday.

When asked about President Obama’s birthplace, Congressman Yoho replied:

No comment.

When pressed Yoho explained that his constituents told him at a town meeting that most of them don’t want him wasting time on the issue, and so Yoho hasn’t made the effort to decide where President Obama was born.

The least he could have done was look it up in the encyclopedia.

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20 Responses to Willfully ignorant

  1. avatar
    Sudoku September 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    It would be fine if you said willfully ignorant was the most-favorable thing you could say about Yoho, IMHO.

  2. avatar
    JPotter September 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Willfully faux ignorant? Meaning he feigned ignorance to avoid ticking off deep red birfer supporters?

    If he truly believes in birfer nonsense, then “No comment” isn’t ignorance of any kind. It’s moral cowardice … failure to represent his beliefs when it counts.

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    donna September 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    yoho is a YOYO

    Birtherism, cont.: Florida Rep. Yoho isn’t sure Obama is American

    Matthews asked Yoho: “So you accept the fact that he’s a born American,” to which the Sunshine State pol said “no comment.”

    “No comment?” Matthew said. “In other words, you question the president’s legitimacy.”

    When pressed further, Yoho said “I haven’t studied it enough to spend the time on it to come back with an intelligent answer, so I will not respond.” He added when the U.S. gets Syria and the debt crisis are solved, “I’d be happy to talk to you.”

    The Hardball host asked if Yoho was a birther.

    “No comment,” said Yoho.

    Earlier this month, the congressman told constituents he’d support a bill to investigate the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate but said bitherism was largely a “distraction.”

    http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/09/04/birtherism-cont-florida-rep-yoho-isnt-sure-obama-is-american/

    when will YOYO demand that issa hold a hearing on the president’s elgibility?

  4. avatar
    Sactosintolerant September 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Can someone please direct me to definitive proof of Yoho’s age, citizenship, and Florida residency at the time of election?

    It’s a question of eligibility!

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    CarlOrcas September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    donna: yoho is a YOYO

    It’s no-lose deal for him: Jerking Matthews chain makes him a hero with his base and so does flirting with birtherism.

    If there is a downside for him it may be the base doesn’t think he’s serious enough…..about the birther craziness.

  6. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG September 6, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Oh, if you’re not willing to sacrifice your first born for the cause, you’re not birther enough!

  7. avatar
    BatGuano September 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    donna:
    Yoho said “I haven’t studied it enough to spend the time on it to come back with an intelligent answer,…”

    we noticed.

  8. avatar
    Mr. Fixit September 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Not to change the subject, but I think yoho should demand the president prove his selective service registration card is legitimate before any use of force resolution against syria is allowed.

    good idea, right?

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    JD Reed September 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    “I haven’t studied it enough to spend the time on it to come back with an intelligent answer,…”
    I imagine this could be Yoho’s honest answer on a myriad of subjects, including the Syrian resolution.

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    alg September 7, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    JPotter:
    Willfully faux ignorant? Meaning he feigned ignorance to avoid ticking off deep red birfer supporters?

    If he truly believes in birfer nonsense, then “No comment” isn’t ignorance of any kind. It’s moral cowardice … failure to represent his beliefs when it counts.

    “moral cowardice?!?” It is of no concern 🙂

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    Thinker September 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    I think you are correct about the downside, but I don’t think birfers will ever see Yoho as a hero. Birfers have a lot of disdain for birfer-friendly politicians who don’t go full birfer. See, e.g., Carl Gallups skewering of his congressman, Jeff Miller. And think how much they bitch about Allen West, who has winked and nodded at birfers quite a few times but never went full birfer.

    At some point, Stockman and Yoho are going to have to admit that they aren’t going to do anything birfery in Congress. Birfers will label them corrupt, treasonous Obama-loving cowards.

    I just don’t see any upside to flirting with birfers.

    CarlOrcas: It’s no-lose deal for him: Jerking Matthews chain makes him a hero with his base and so does flirting with birtherism.

    If there is a downside for him it may be the base doesn’t think he’s serious enough…..about the birther craziness.

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    CarlOrcas September 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Thinker: I just don’t see any upside to flirting with birfers.

    The bottom line is that you can never make them happy….never fulfill their fantasies….so it’s all quite pointless.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG September 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Thinker:
    I just don’t see any upside to flirting with birfers.

    Its a stink that will never wash off too. You’re better off going skinny dipping in the Bog of Eternal Stench.

  14. avatar
    BatGuano September 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Thinker:

    I just don’t see any upside to flirting with birfers.

    they might share their meds.

  15. avatar
    Keith September 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: Its a stink that will never wash off too. You’re better off going skinny dipping in the Bog of Eternal Stench.

    You reminded me of this: Kenny: The Movie

    “There’s a stench in here that’s gonna outlive religion.”

    And be careful using airplane toilets.

  16. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy September 8, 2013 at 8:57 am #

    No, it’s a ridiculous idea.
    The President’s selective service application has no relevance to US Policy in Syria. Birther demands for proof of things already proven has no relevance to anything.

    There is no rational doubt as to the President’s draft status, but he’s the President in any case. The selective service application was released by the Bush Administration, and that in and of itself proves its authenticity.

    Birthers and their delusions are irrelevant. You can’t prove things to a crazy person, and that’s what you’re asking the President to do.

    Mr. Fixit: Not to change the subject, but I think yoho should demand the president prove his selective service registration card is legitimate before any use of force resolution against syria is allowed.

    good idea, right?

  17. avatar
    Majority Will September 8, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Mr. Fixit:
    Not to change the subject, but I think yoho should demand the president prove his selective service registration card is legitimate before any use of force resolution against syria is allowed.

    good idea, right?

    No, that’s just really stupid.

    “but I think” Obviously not.

  18. avatar
    JPotter September 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    BatGuano: they might share their meds.

    Sharing would be progress; getting them to actually take their meds would be better!

  19. avatar
    AROD September 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    Andrew Vrba, PmG: Its a stink that will never wash off too. You’re better off going skinny dipping in the Bog of Eternal Stench.

    Its like Seinfeld BBO (Its beyond BO) – Birthers are BBO

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    Crustacean September 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Mr. Fixit: I think yoho should demand the president prove his selective service registration card is legitimate before any use of force resolution against syria is allowed.
    good idea, right?

    Dr. Conspiracy: No, it’s a ridiculous idea.

    I took Mr. Fixit’s comment as being facetious, as in: I think Yoho should wear his underwear on his head and disembowel himself at his next press conference.

    Demanding proof of Obama’s draft card’s legitimacy might be easier on his bowels, but it would still be political suicide.