Apparently Republican presidential candidates are not avid students of history, especially when it comes to the Revolutionary War.
No big deal, I guess. After all, that war is so yesterday and they’re so busy today.
Following Tuesday night’s debate in New Hampshire, Rick Perry — who hardly is the debater-in-chief by the way — suggested that one of the “reasons we fought the revolution in the 16th century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown” in response to a question on the issue of states’ rights.
Of course, the Revolutionary War transpired in the 18th century. You can look it up. It’s in all the history books. In the 16th century, only Indians and dinosaurs lived in America. Imagine our land without Democrats and Republicans. What on God’s green earth did they ever talk about?
You may recall that Michele Bachmann in March told New Hampshire Republicans, “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.”
Close, but no cigar. Lexington and Concord were in Massachusetts. In fact, still are the last time anybody checked.
Last night Mitt Romney was silky smooth. If the guy’s got a glass jaw, you wouldn’t know because none of the other candidates ever hit it. And when the candidates did get a turn to ask each other questions, they lobbed Romney softballs and he easily ducked them as if he were the young Muhammad Ali.
Actually, most of them were trying to land their punches on Herman Cain and his 9-9-9 plan. Cain is skyrocketing in appeal and moving past Perry into the No. 2 spot behind Romney, even though Cain’s calling for a national 9 percent sales tax (except on pizza).
Bachmann had a great line, to give her props, when she cracked that 9-9-9 is 6-6-6 upside down and that the devil always is in the details.
Like facts about the Revolutionary War.