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  •  Exactly. (5+ / 0-)

    What's really frightening about Rubio's answer is his obvious ignorance of the real answer. If he'd known the age of the earth he wouldn't have tossed up all that word salad. The word salad fulfilled two functions - the first was to cover ignorance of basic facts; the second was to avoid becoming unacceptable to Bible literalists.

    "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

    by Involuntary Exile on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:47:17 AM PST

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    •  Agree that it was a combo of pandering & ignorance (1+ / 0-)
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      Rubio's answer reminded me of George W. Bush's famous debate claim that Jesus was his "favorite political philosopher." When you aren't quite sure what "philosopher" means, would have trouble even naming a political philosopher, much less choosing a favorite, and certainly would be unable to describe any philosopher's teaching, grabbing the religious lifeline is the best bet. Just say, "Jesus!" and you have cover. No one can call you a boob without potentially offending the hyperfaithful. So, if you get a question calling for a factual answer that you do not know, referring to the Bible is shrewder than simply punting.

    •  So the world is 4.84 billion years on the dot? (0+ / 0-)

      Of course not.

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