I have to point out that Crooks and Liars got something wrong. They point out that an Alaska Republican said something incredibly stupid (surprise!), but they got what Charlie Huggins said wrong.
Huggins hails from Wasilla, and he wants middle schoolers subjected to DNA testing to see if they’re going to grow up to be criminals.
No. We can’t do that, obviously, because there is no genetic signature for criminality, so it would be stupid to suggest that. But Huggins wasn’t stupid, he was mainly wicked. Here’s what he actually said:
With some degree of confidence, I think that by the time particularly young men, but maybe young men and women, are in middle school, we can already predict the ones we need to get their DNA samples,Huggins told a room that included the state’s corrections commissioner, Ron Taylor.Because they’re going to go see Mr. Taylor in a few years. That’s unfortunate but it’s all too true.
See? He’s not saying we need to use DNA samples to identify criminals before they commit a crime; he’s saying he can look at a group of 13 year olds, and just by looking at them, tell which ones will grow up to live a life of crime. He wants to collect DNA samples from kids he thinks look like crooks to help link them to crimes later on.
That old adage, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,” tends to disintegrate into confusion when applied to Republicans — they’re so often doing both.