Ted Crockett fails his saving throw against intelligence and is stunned by a fact from Jake Tapper! The stunned ox look is delightful.

I was also giggling at his sad, forlorn “Merry Christmas, Jake” as the clip ends. Sorry, Ted, that was a pathetic comeback.

Unfortunately, stupid might just be a winning strategy in the Alabama election.


  1. quatguy says

    Stumped by a basic fact. Scary and sad but yet very telling of the state of delusion that exists out there. I give my head a shake every time i think how much power they have at the moment. It is amazing he human race still exists.

  2. woozy says

    So.. did he honestly not know that you don’t have to swear on a bible? I dont know why I should be surprised but … was Jack Tapper equally surprised?

  3. John Morales says

    What I think is remarkable is how he seems utterly ignorant of the thrust of the 1st Amendment, though presumably he is aware of it.

  4. says

    Vote suppression works. This is just another point on an arc of generations of corruption. Nobody from the US should be allowed to talk about “democracy” – there has to be some kind of truth-in-advertising law.

  5. DaveH says

    Sadly, I doubt that dumbfounded look was actually due to what we think it is. He was probably wondering how someone could believe such an “obviously false” fact. Like if I pointed at a blank piece of white paper and said “That is completely black.” People like him are utterly convinced of their “truths”.

  6. Bruce says

    It’s not just that he doesn’t know US history, or what is in the Constitution.
    Even worse (if possible) is the fact that he clearly does not understand logic. He doesn’t get that an example of something happening one way is not by itself a disproof of all other possible ways. He doesn’t understand the interplay of concepts such as “necessary” vs. “sufficient”.
    But he is tribal enough to be elected three times by his tribe of white Republican bigots in Alabama.
    I used to have a job where I had to live in Alabama. I was so glad when I applied for jobs later and was able to get a good job outside of our deep South.
    Some Republicans are playing dumb. And some are both playing and actually dumb. I would hate to criticize someone unfairly, but it seems the evidence is in with this guy. “Sad.”

  7. John Morales says

    Actually, the genteelness of Jake was quite notable, too. He spared Ted any further embarrassment by cutting it there.

  8. robro says

    Actually you don’t have to “swear” an oath of office at all. There are Christian cults in this country that object to swearing oaths and are not required to do so to hold elected office, serve on juries, testify, etc. There are also Christian cults that would not swear on the Bible because it’s blasphemy to do so. I’m fairly sure Muslims do not swear oaths on the Koran, or the Bible which they also hold to be sacred. It’s surprising…no it’s not…how ignorant Christians can be of Christianity much less other Abrahamic religions.

    But the idiots gaped stare is worth the price of watching.

    And yeah, Doug Jones wins. Thank goodness that it only took a herculean effort to defeat an ignorant bigot and accused pedophile by the thinnest of margins.

  9. microraptor says

    robro @14:

    And yeah, Doug Jones wins. Thank goodness that it only took a herculean effort to defeat an ignorant bigot and accused pedophile by the thinnest of margins.

    Remember that just a year ago, the state voted overwhelmingly for Trump.

  10. zetopan says

    “Man, you could actually see the gears grinding in his head there.”

    It is not possible to grind gears that have already been stripped; the gears in that moron’s head are completely toothless.

  11. Moggie says

    All I could think of when watching that stunned silence was “…these go to eleven”.

    I’m less enthusiastic about the Alabama result than a lot of reactions I’ve seen. First, it should not have been close! Second, look at the racial breakdown of the voting. Jones won because PoC rescued Alabama from Moore. White voters, particularly white men, remained solidly behind Moore. The message the GOP might draw from this is that they can run transparently terrible candidates and still win, provided they can suppress the black vote enough.

  12. Reginald Selkirk says

    John Morales #6: What I think is remarkable is how he seems utterly ignorant of the thrust of the 1st AmendmentWhat I think is remarkable is how he seems utterly ignorant of the thrust of the 1st Amendment

    This isn’t a first amendment question, this is more about the No Religious Test Clause in Article VI, section 3.
    There is also a relevant bit about the oath of office in Article II, Section 1, clause 8. This is where the “swear (or affirm)” language is found.

  13. Reginald Selkirk says

    Use of Bible for the oath

    Theodore Roosevelt did not use a Bible when taking the oath in 1901.[21] Both John Quincy Adams and Franklin Pierce [22] swore on a book of law, with the intention that they were swearing on the constitution.[23] Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on a Roman Catholic missal on Air Force One.[24] Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump each swore the oath on two Bibles.[21]
    It is uncertain how many presidents used a Bible or added the words “So help me God” at the end of the oath, or in their acceptance of the oath, as neither is required by law; unlike many other federal oaths which do include the phrase “So help me God.”…

  14. Moggie says

    Two bibles, eh? You know what this means: oath inflation. The next president will swear on four bibles; the one after that, eight. Eventually, the entire manufacturing might of the US (or China) will be devoted to producing nanoscale bibles for presidential-oathing.

  15. Dark Jaguar says

    That… was not a quick witted man. His gaping mouth as he tried to scan his brain for a distinct memory of being told that he HAD to use a Bible, and coming up blank. It’s like he realized he made an assumption, and that last bit was a last ditch effort to “drive home” that America is “A christian nation” by using Merry Christmas as a weapon instead of a kindness.

  16. rietpluim says

    Moggie If oath inflation is exponential, we’ll run out of nanoparticles quickly.

    Dark Jaguar

    he made an assumption

    The same mistake all believers make: they take their beliefs for granted. Some day one told me a week has been seven days always and everywhere. An assertion easily refuted. They just don’t care to check their assumptions.