There’s an old adage, often ascribed to Abraham Lincoln, that holds it’s “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” This is advice that Department of State spokeswoman Marie Harf would be wise to heed.
After being ridiculed for suggesting on MSNBC that the key to quelling the passions of the Islamic State is to find jobs for its members, she reappeared, first claiming that her comments were too nuanced for some viewers, which elicited a new round of guffaws, then again to dismiss her critics as “crazy.”
You’d think she’d be ready to cut her losses and move on. Guess again. Just as the uproar over her dimwitted remarks was dying down, Harf turned up on CNN with her latest diagnosis. Her critics, she now insists, are sexist — ageist, too.
Have a listen for yourself. The money quote comes around 1:10: