COMMENTARY | Observers of the political scene have lamented the existence of “low information voters” who are prone to being gulled by unscrupulous politicians. However Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas is an example of a low information politician.
This was illustrated in a post on Hot Air in which Lee was quoted, during a debate on a law being proposed by the House to require President Obama to enforce the law, that “we” meaning the United States “we have lasted some 400 years operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.”
Of course as most people familiar with American history know, the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788, about 225 years ago.
Lee has long been mocked in certain circles for making other history bloopers, such as asking if the Mars Pathfinder could image the flag left on Mars by Neil Armstrong (Armstrong landed on the moon) and referring to North and South Vietnam in the modern era (Vietnam has been a united country since 1975.) One wonders how a person like Lee can get through Yale without being literate in history.
Mocked Lee is in right wing circles, but not in the mainstream media nor in the heavily Democratic Texas 18th congressional district where she has been elected and reelected these past 20 years. The media’s scorn is reserved for people like Sarah Palin for things she has alleged to have said but didn’t, such as seeing Russia from her house (Tina Fey said that) and that Paul Revere warned the British during his midnight ride (which turned out to be true, by the way.) One suspects that Palin knows the actual age of the Constitution, where Neil Armstrong landed, and the current geography of South East Asia.
Of course Palin is a national figure, the most powerful female politician on the planet, while Lee is a minor political hack and thus not as much a tempting target. She is also a liberal Democrat, which means that she is largely immune to media scrutiny.