New Yorker Tops Virginian as Dumbest Member of Congress

by Kerry Dougherty 

In 1974 a story in a Washington DC magazine listed the 10 dumbest members of Congress.

Numero uno?

 Sen. William Scott of Virginia.

Scott was infuriated and called a press conference to deny the allegations, drawing attention to the article in an alternative magazine and proving to many that he really was dumb.

Here’s an account of that amusing slice of American history from a website called Military Fandom:

A 1974 article in New Times by Nina Totenberg reported that Scott had been ranked at the top of the list of “The Ten Dumbest Members of Congress”.

Scott’s critics cited many examples to support this claim. While being briefed about the military capabilities of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Scott reportedly confused missile silos for grain silos and said “Wait a minute! I’m not interested in agriculture. I want the military stuff.”[24] In addition, 1975 press accounts of a trip he took to the Middle East stated that Scott was a “diplomat’s nightmare” who mistook the Suez Canal for the Persian Gulf, refused to enter a mosque because it wasn’t “a Christian building”, and asked Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin “What is this Gaza stuff? I have never understood that.”[25] Scott held a press conference to deny the claims of the New Times story, which had the effect of giving the allegation wider circulation and enhanced credibility.

It’s clearly time to crown a new elected official as the most witless wonder in Congress. With so many to choose from, and so many really fatuous people running the country, it’s hard to pick just one, but the choice got a lot easier this past weekend.

The winner is, of course, Rep. Jamaal Bowman of New York. He’s the Mensa member who pulled a fire alarm Saturday in the Cannon House Office Building, thinking that was how to open a door.

A door clearly marked as a fire exit, to be opened only when flames are licking your backside.

Sigh.

Trouble is, Bowman pulled the alarm and instead of going through the fire doors, he reportedly ran in another direction. The whole episode was caught on camera as anyone with half a brain would have known would happen.

Skeptics don’t believe Bowman’s fantastical story. They say he’s a partisan Democratic hack – he is a member of The Squad, after all – trying to cause chaos on Capitol Hill Saturday to delay the vote on the continuing resolution that kept the government open.

Of course, if he admitted to THAT he’d be in the same kind of trouble in which the January 6th protestors find themselves mired, criminally charged with trying to interfere with the workings of government.

(Who are we kidding, Bowman wouldn’t be charged! Not by Biden’s DOJ.)

To protect himself from accusations, his detractors say Bowman concocted a phony story. This 47-year-old former school principal from New York City wants America to believe that he isn’t completely clear on how fire doors work. Or fire alarms.

Didn’t they have fire alarms, extinguishers and fire doors in his school back in the Bronx?

Let me ask a question: How many of YOU have accidentally pulled a fire alarm to open a door?

Just as I thought. Not one among us has ever done anything remotely that harebrained.

So either Bowman is a devious man who was up to no good on Saturday. Or he has the IQ of a bivalve. And should be crowned The Dumbest Member of Congress, 2023.

Which is it?


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39 responses to “New Yorker Tops Virginian as Dumbest Member of Congress”

  1. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    Bowman dumber than a box of rocks and almost as stupid as Biden.

  2. James Kiser Avatar
    James Kiser

    One thing I forgot to mention is where is the outrage from the IAFF ( Firefighters Union) over Bowmans’ stupidity putting their union members at risk, geeze crickets.

  3. dave schutz Avatar
    dave schutz

    At the time of the Senator Scott kerfuffle, Senator Goldwater was quoted “If he was any dumber, he’d be a tree”… Yes, the fuss he made was an early example of the Streisand Effect!

  4. Theron Keller Avatar
    Theron Keller

    Gotta leave a slot for Hank Johnson, the Congressman from Georgia who actually thought the island of Guam might “tip over” if we sent more troops there.

  5. Randy Huffman Avatar
    Randy Huffman

    On a lighter note, Babylon Bee (satire for those not familiar) ran a piece saying Buffalo Guy was kicking himself for not just pulling the fire alarm at the capital January 6 to force everyone to evacuate…

    https://babylonbee.com/news/buffalo-guy-kicking-himself-for-not-just-pulling-fire-alarm-to-evacuate-congress

  6. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    So here’s a question.. is a wind turbine a “windmill”?

  7. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

  8. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    “Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down which would cause the temperature to go up.”

        1. “What’s False
          When Barton referenced wind’s being a “finite resource,” he was quoting from a paper written by an academic that questioned whether increased use of wind turbines might have unintended environmental consequences”

          1. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            “unintended environmental consequences” = “finite resource”?

          2. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            here’s one you’ll like I’m sure: ” “I will tell you these are ammunition — bullets — so the people who have those now they are going to shoot them, and so if you ban — if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available”- on a high capacity magazine ban. “

          3. One of my favorites.

            Rep. DeGette (d) of Colorado, if memory serves.

          4. DJRippert Avatar
            DJRippert

            Like any typical liberal, Larry will hem and haw after being clearly caught spewing disinformation rather than admitting his error.

            Don’t let Larry near any fire alarms.

          5. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            What Larry says is that there is ample examples on both sides… easy to prove…

            no one was caught spewing disinformation… at all…

            how many times have we heard ” you have to pass the vote to see what’s in it”?

          6. DJRippert Avatar
            DJRippert

            “What Larry says is that there is ample examples on both sides… easy to prove…”

            Referring to yourself in the third person?

            And your example was wrong. A quote deliberately taken out of context.

            Pelosi’s actual quote?

            Congress “[has] to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

          7. LarrytheG Avatar
            LarrytheG

            you can find examples on both sides. truth! and yes… many made in a wider context
            and only the quote taken… both sides do it.

  9. LarrytheG Avatar
    LarrytheG

    “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

    1. Randy Huffman Avatar
      Randy Huffman

      “But here’s what matters: more than half the women in my cabinet, more than half the people, more than half the women in my administration are women,

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        yeah… 😉 there are some GOOD ones!

      2. DJRippert Avatar
        DJRippert

        “I was appointed to the academy in 1965 by a senator who I was running against in 1972 — never planned it that way. I wasn’t old enough to be sworn in.” Biden said. “I didn’t come to the academy because I wanted to be a football star.”

        Biden was never appointed to the US Naval Academy.

        1965 was the year he graduated from The University of Delaware. Graduated.

        The fact that Señor Senile made that comment during his speech at the Naval Academy’s commencement makes it all the more stupid.

        1. LarrytheG Avatar
          LarrytheG

          Senator Senile is running circles around the GOP clown show… good lord… they can’t govern and their prime candidate is a guy whose prior employees say he is a dire threat to the country…

    2. “We must together. Work together. To see where we are. Where we are headed, where we are going and our vision for where we should be. But also see it as a moment to, yes. Together, address the challenges and to work on the opportunities that are presented by this moment.”

      1. LarrytheG Avatar
        LarrytheG

        ““Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”

      2. Nancy Naive Avatar
        Nancy Naive

        Clearly we must save the butterflies.

        1. And nuke the whales….

      3. Matt Adams Avatar
        Matt Adams

        The rather sad part about that quote is, I cannot discern if it’s from out VP or the esteemed Senator from PA.

        1. VP

          1. Matt Adams Avatar
            Matt Adams

            A rather sad moment, when it’s hard to discern her language vs someone who’s had a stroke, is it not.

  10. If memory serves, John Warner was Spy Magazine’s dumbest man in the senate three years in a row back in the 1980s.

    But he was a genius compared to Jamaal Bowman.

  11. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Bowman should have tried to call time out like Chris Webber did in the 1993 NCAA finals.

  12. Not Today Avatar
    Not Today

    Is this a win or a self-own?? NY has 26 members. VA has 13 and this is 1/26. Bob Good, this guy, same same. By the numbers, Rs are FAR more cray and incompetent. Prove me wrong.

  13. Not Today Avatar
    Not Today

    Is this a win or a self-own?? NY has 26 members. VA has 13 and this is 1/26. Bob Good, this guy, same same. By the numbers, Rs are FAR more cray and incompetent. Prove me wrong.

  14. Not Today Avatar
    Not Today

    Is this a win or a self-own?? NY has 26 members. VA has 13 and this is 1/26. Bob Good, this guy, same same. By the numbers, Rs are FAR more cray and incompetent. Prove me wrong.

  15. Not Today Avatar
    Not Today

    When do we get the chance to talk about the fact that Republicans CANNOT govern?

  16. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    In time the Rockies may tumble, Gibraltar may crumble,
    They’re only made of clay…

    “What about erosion?” Brooks offered during the exchange. He added: “Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.”

    Then the tide rushes in
    And washes my castles away

  17. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    In time the Rockies may tumble, Gibraltar may crumble,
    They’re only made of clay…

    “What about erosion?” Brooks offered during the exchange. He added: “Every time you have that soil or rock, whatever it is, that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise because now you’ve got less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up.”

    Then the tide rushes in
    And washes my castles away

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