Years ago, I attended a social function with an eclectic group of invitees, including a member of an activist environmental group called Earth First! Chatting with him, he said something that put his group's "monkey wrenching" efforts into perspective: "Our job is to make the Sierra Club look reasonable."
That observation came back to me this morning when I read another mystifying statement by Sen. Chris Buttars (R-West Pluto). Urging a state constitutional amendment to basically put the legislature in charge of death penalty appeals, Buttars told his fellow senators that there have been no executions in Utah for 20 years.
When I read that, I thought, "Didn't we have that firing squad guy? And the guy after that? What about the hi-fi killer?" Granted, it took an entire 45 seconds on the computer to find the facts (these senators are so busy), but yes, we have indeed had three executions within the past 20 years: William Andrews, John Albert Taylor, and Joseph Mitchell Parsons.
Could Buttars really be that clueless? I mused. Then it hit me: That's his job! His job is to make the other members of the Senate look reasonable by being a complete buffoon! All we can say is, you are very good at your job, Senator.