Mr. Brady also strongly defended the man Illinois Republicans nominated for lieutenant governor, lumber industry official and heir Jason Plummer.Over at Illinoize a blogger attempts to defend Brady:
Though just age 27, Mr. Plummer "is ready" to lead the nation's fifth largest state if need be, Mr. Brady said.
"How old was Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Constitution?" Mr. Brady asked. "Age isn't the only barometer of qualification."
In fact, Mr. Jefferson was 33 when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. The constitution was written more than a decade later.
Pundits and Statehouse watchers like Rich Miller pounced on the mistake. Except there's only one problem, Brady wasn't wrong. He never said the U.S. Constitution, at least according to the quote in the paper.Great to know, but I'm not sure what difference it makes. Perhaps Bill Brady did botch US History, or he just wasn't specific enough. I'll just accuse him of not being specific enough and the press is having a field day with it. It happens unfortunately.
Thomas Jefferson did write a constitution in 1776 as well as the Declaration of Independence. In fact he used his draft of a new constitution for his home state, the soon-to-be independent commonwealth of Virginia, to help write the Declaration.
The reporters should have known better because Brady couldn't have meant the U.S. Constitution because the same man who knew Jefferson's age in 1776, obviously would remember that in 1787 Jefferson was our ambassador to France. Living in Paris meant he couldn't participate in the Constitutional Convention that year in Philadelphia.
You can debate whether Plummer is another Jefferson, but be careful if you're going to debate Brady on American history.
Of course I'm only saying this not exactly because I oppose or support Bill Brady. Why I am saying this is only because I think some of this is pointless. Will it affect him in November? Will he may have a lot of work to do if the concern over his nomination in the primaries earlier this month is about his conservative ideology.
As for Thomas Jefferson I truly think he's a great man. All great men are flawed. I could even discuss that he may have talked about freeing slaves, but continued to own them. I could even discuss the fact that he engaged in the common practice of engaging in an affair with his own slaves. So yeah he's flawed but without him the USA would not be here today without its own flaws!
What say you!