Candidates talking nonsense

We have less than a year till the Presidential election. I been trying hard till just recently not to listen to what the various candidates say in order to pander campaign for votes. Much of what is being said is plain moronic.

Jim Addison points out remarks by Hillary Clinton in regards to Pakistan. Here is Mike Huckabee, who does the rare triple play of invoking Pakistan, border security and illegal aliens all at once.

Explaining statements he made suggesting that the instability in Pakistan should remind Americans to tighten security on the southern border of the United States, Mr. Huckabee said Friday that “we have more Pakistani illegals coming across our border than all other nationalities, except those immediately south of the border.”

Asked to justify the statement, he later cited a March 2006 article in The Denver Post reporting that from 2002 to 2005, Pakistanis were the most numerous non-Latin Americans caught entering the United States illegally. According to The Post, 660 Pakistanis were detained in that period.

A recent report from the Department of Homeland Security, however, concluded that, over all, illegal immigrants from the Philippines, India, Korea, China and Vietnam were all far more numerous than those from Pakistan.

I first read the 660 number and thought
Huckabee had to be wrong. In a nation with 12 million illegals, if a country isn’t from Latin America it would have far more than 660 to rank as high as Huckabee one would seem to think. I chalked this up to candidates saying dumb things on the campaign trail.

It seems Huckabee can’t get the ‘facts’ right about his incorrect comments. He cites a Denver Post article as his source. Or was it a CIA briefing he supposedly received yesterday?

Huckabee said 660 Pakistanis entered the country illegally last year. When asked by a reporter the source for that statistic, Huckabee appeared unsure, saying, “Those are numbers that I got today from a briefing, and I believe they are CIA and immigration numbers.” The Huckabee campaign later said the figure came from a March 2006 report by The Denver Post.

But the Border Patrol told CNN on Friday that it apprehended only “a handful” of illegal immigrants from Pakistan in 2007.

So Huckabee is making things up as he goes, Clinton doesn’t think much of a nation solving its own internal matters. Giuliani has nutty foreign policy advisors, Richardson has stuck his foot in his mouth on Pakistan too. McCain supported campaign finance, Paul has some Neo Nazi supporters, Fred Thompson has a trophy wife, or is it that he don’t look interested in being President, and don’t forget John Edwards and his hair.

So when you get through disqualifying all the candidates based on one set of moronic comments they make on the campaign trail or one attribute or some issue they supported once, who do we have left?

God bless the USA.

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