There is Dumb and Dumber

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Some commentary from RealClearPolitics on the “intelligence” of Europe.

Remember how highbrow European politicians had all those yuks berating that intellectually challenged hick George W. Bush? They aren’t laughing it up now.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has lost his bid for re-election. Odd, how such a sharp, sophisticated fellow oversaw Germany’s highest unemployment rate since World War II.

French President Jacques Chirac thought he had French ratification of the proposed European Union constitution in the bag. He was so confident that he brought the measure before French voters in May.

The shrewd Chirac could not have been more wrong: Some 57 percent of the French voted “non” — even though former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing headed the committee that drafted the document.

So the anti-Bush European Union has had to kiss its new constitution au revoir and auf wiedersehen. Chirac later lost to London the bid for Paris to host the 2012 Olympics. No surprise there: The French love affair with the transportation strike would threaten to botch Olympic planning. It also may have hurt that two voting members of the International Olympic Committee were Finns — which is important, because they voted shortly after Chirac delivered these bon mots about the Brits: “We can’t trust people who have such bad food. After Finland, it’s the country with the worst food.”

They’re so clever, yet somehow stupid is spreading through Europe.


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