Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How to lose your credibility - a tinhorn at the Buck-A-Roo Breakfast

Early yesterday morning I was listening to a remote radio broadcast by KIDO in Nampa from the Buck-A-Roo Breakfast, which is part of a venerable rodeo - the 97th Snake River Stampede. One of their guests was Wayne Hoffman, who is executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF). He was there to promote an IFF celebration and banquet on Thursday in Boise.

Wayne said something which made my jaw drop in astonishment. It was that Obamacare is unconstitutional, and I don’t care what John Roberts says. Huh?

John Roberts is the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. What he said in writing is an Opinion, and it really is the last word on that topic. What Wayne says just is an opinion with a very small letter o. He is not an expert on the law, and was just shooting off his mouth.

Given the venue, two uncomplimentary cowboy-related words came to mind to describe Wayne: tinhorn and drugstore cowboy. Wayne won’t be on a list of the ten worst moments in public speaking but he now has no credibility with me. 

The image of movie cowboy Tom Mix came from the Library of Congress. 

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