Radley Balko gives me a heads up on a Congresswoman from my old congressional district (the 1st) who has astounded me in her abject ignorance:
Representative Jo Ann Davis, a Virginia Republican who heads a House intelligence subcommittee charged with overseeing the C.I.A.'s performance in recruiting Islamic spies and analyzing information, was similarly dumbfounded when I asked her if she knew the difference between Sunnis and Shiites. "Do I?" she asked me. A look of concentration came over her face. "You know, I should." She took a stab at it: "It's a difference in their fundamental religious beliefs. The Sunni are more radical than the Shia. Or vice versa. But I think it's the Sunnis who're more radical than the Shia."
I love that: "Do I?" Jeez, if you're going to break up fights in the countries you occupy, shouldn't you know what the hell they're about?
At least I can pat myself on the back for fighting her election back in 2000 by working on the campaign of the Libertarian candidate, Sharon Wood - including lobbying for her to actually be included in the first congressional district debate hosted by my school. I actually had to go in front of some committee and explain why they should allow all the candidates in the race to participate (I think this asshole had a lot to do with it).Read this article