The Week in Politics

The Week in Politics: When Pigs Fly


Pigs are flying and lost souls in Hell are buying snowblowers and it’s all because we learned that self-identified Tea Partiers have an aptitude for science.

Yes, that’s right, Yale professor and researcher Daniel M. Kahan concluded this week that Tea Partiers have a better comprehension of science than that of their right-wing counterparts. Somehow, this graph proves it:

tea party genius chart

Hindsight is, of course, 20/20. So let’s look back at what some Tea Baggers on the House Committee on Science and Technology have said recently:

Committee Member Todd Akin on fertilization:

“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Committee Member Paul Broun on creation:

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

Committee Member Dana Rohrabacher on global warming causes:

“It could be dinosaur flatulence. Who knows?”

As we said, hindsight is 20/20. And, looking back at transcripts from the Science Committee through fresh lenses, we have to agree – these Tea Baggers really do have a better grasp of science than their Republican counterparts.