Red Alert Politics:
In the company of smirking colleagues 100 percent aware that he was about to inflict viral pain, Rep. Trey Gowdy laid waste to Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s history of “stupid” comments at a House committee hearing Tuesday.
Gowdy asked Gruber about his comments on Obamacare and American voters one-by-one, asking the highly paid figure behind the law to explain what he meant in each instance. Consistently, Gruber responded by condemning his own remarks: “inappropriate,” “inexcusable,” “hurtful,” “glib,” “inexcusable arrogance,” and “overstatement” were the words and terms he used to describe his statements in retrospect.
“The pervasiveness of your quotes is so much that it has to be … more than just an episodic mistake that you made,” Gowdy said at one point, in-between his recitation of Gruber’s many “uninformed and glib comments.” It got to the point at which the South Carolina rep stopped himself to ask the obvious.
“Do you see a trend developing here, Professor Gruber?”
“I don’t understand the question,” Gruber responded.
“It’s a lot of stupid quotes you’ve made, that’s the trend. You see them?”
The grilling didn’t stop there. Gowdy got Gruber to remark on his ego, a bare moment of such discomfort that it’s almost advisable to hide your eyes and cover your ears.
“What is a non-politician doing talking about political advantages?” Gowdy asked of one of Gruber’s particular remarks.
“A non-politician is talking about political advantages to try to make himself seem smarter by conjecturing about something he doesn’t really know about.”
“So you’re a professor at MIT and you’re worried about not looking smart enough?”
“Yes,” Gruber admitted uncomfortably.
“OK. Well, you succeeded, if that was your goal.”
Perhaps the prospect of having your ass raked across the coals by Gowdy would make idiots think twice before taking advantage of the American people. Probably not, but it should.
Gee, old Jon didn’t look like he was having as good a time as when he was being an arrogant, elitist, pompous ass in front of his arrogant, elitist, pompous ass buddies, did he? As many times as Gruber said he was just saying stupid things to impress his elitist friends and look smart, it makes me think maybe he is overpaid as an MIT professor and as a governmental adviser.
Perhaps he is being honest; it isn’t too far fetched to believe that a liberal says a lot of dumb things in order to look smart in front of other liberals. The pitiful thing is that so many liberals can’t see it when they are being made a fool of.
By the BS, “Hang-Dog-Got-Caught” answers he was giving, Gruber apparently thinks that Congress is stupid, too.
@ThunderGod: He’s mostly right, but Gowdy is a different animal.
@Bill: I’ll bet the folks at MIT are very pleased that they have such an illustrious professor tenured on their staff. That means he fits right in with the crowd there. Let’s just hope they’re not all a bunch of babbling idiots, but then, they might not recognize the difference.