The Pantheon of Dunces
NRO, the intellectually dishonest rest stop on the information super highway, sees that ¡JEB! The Smartest Bush® is being savaged by the elite liberal press for his imbecilic “Stuff Happens” quote, and Ian Tuttle has a post up defending him: No, Jeb Bush Did Not ‘Shrug Off’ the Oregon Shooting:
“Even for those of us who track it on a daily basis, the rank dishonesty of the press can be astonishing. Friday’s leftwing feeding-frenzy comes courtesy of Jeb Bush’s Q&A at the Conservative Leadership Project in Greenville, S.C. This ABC News headline is representative: “Jeb Bush Says ‘Stuff Happens’ in Response to Gun Violence.”
“Naturally, not just ABC News, Politico, and the like are running with the story, but so are bastions of intellectual scrupulosity, such as Mother Jones and Salon.”
Woe to thee, liberal elites, this Tuttle is on to you, and is galloping full throttle to defend the Prince Regent of Wingnuttia! Anyway, he gives us the full quote that will exonerate ¡JEB! from sounding like an uncaring foof, inheritor of the silver tongue of Poppy, kind-hearted Babs-the-Impaler, and brother of master uniter and undivider Chimpy:
We’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very sad to see. But I resist this notion — and I had this challenge as governor — look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis, and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.
Well, that changes everything, dinnit?
And just to prove his point, our man Tuttle gives us a longer clip, not the succinct one. First, let’s look at the succinct 9-second clip:
And now, let’s see the damning 58-second clip, most of which is the rambling question that leads ¡JEB! to give his brave, brave response:
Ha! Take that, liberals!
But then, we always come to the denouement, the coup de grace as it were that is the NRO signature style!
“Bush was hardly shrugging. But it doesn’t much matter. The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, who first ripped the quote out of its very relevant context, waited 46 minutes before tweeting out Bush’s full remarks, during which time the clipped version spread widely.”
Tuttle gets it right, he wasn’t shrugging, ¡JEB! was slumping. Just like in all the polls.