Not a column, just a note. We all tell stories about the dumb politician who....the dumb candidate that...and so on. But thanks to the hard work of the Associated Press, I think we can retire the trophy now.
The AP reported yesterday: "A congressional candidate is defending his speech to a group celebrating the anniversary of Adolph Hitler's birth, saying he appeared simply because he was asked.
"Tony Zirkle, who is seeking the Republican nomination in northern Indiana's 2nd District, stood in front of a painting of Hitler, next to people wearing swastika armbands and with a swastika flag in the background for the speech to the American National Socialist Workers Party in Chicago on Sunday.
"'I'll speak before any group that invites me,' Zirkle said Monday, 'I've spoken on an African-American radio station in Atlanta.'"
Dumbest ever? Retire the trophy? Oh, yeah. AP goes on to quote him as saying his aim isn't really to win the election. "My primary purpose is to educate and inform."