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Ted Cruz Is Smart, So What?
National Review Online ^ | July 29, 2014 4:00 AM | Ian Tuttle

Posted on 07/29/2014 6:30:40 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

In the first volume of his magnificent three-tome biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris recounts the story of writer Owen Wister’s visit to the Roosevelt White House. Wister, a Harvard classmate of the president, “has lent [Roosevelt] a book shortly before a full evening’s entertainment at the White House, and been astonished to hear a complete review of it over breakfast. ‘Somewhere between six one evening and eight-thirty the next morning, beside his dressing and his dinner and his guests and his sleep, he had read a volume of three-hundred-and-odd pages, and missed nothing of significance.’”

For those unconvinced of Teddy’s erudition, Morris glances over the president’s reading list:

In the past year alone, Roosevelt has devoured all the novels of Trollope, the complete works of De Quincey, a Life of Saint Patrick, the prose works of Milton and Tacitus (“until I could stand them no longer”), Samuel Dill’s Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius, the seafaring yarns of Jacobs, the poetry of Scott, Poe, and Longfellow, a German novel called Jörn Uhl, “a most satisfactorily lurid Man-eating Lion story,” and Foulke’s Life of Oliver P. Morton, not to mention at least five hundred other volumes, on subjects ranging from tropical flora to Italian naval history.

It seems safe to say that America’s 26th president was “smart.” But it was not he whom historian Michael Beschloss christened “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Nor was it John Adams, nor the famously learned Thomas Jefferson, nor Woodrow Wilson, the only Ph.D.-president. That title, of course, belongs to Barack Obama (B.A., Columbia; J.D., Harvard), whose intellect is the stuff of legend. Only a MENSA standout like him could state that, in columnist Jack Kelly’s pithy summation,

there are 57 states; Canada has a president; “Austrian” is a language; America is “20 centuries” old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He’s called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.

Well, even genius lapses.

Of course, none of these examples proves that Barack Obama is not intelligent. However much choom he might have inhaled, he was certainly eligible for the local gifted-and-talented classes, and he has two Ivy League degrees — which, for the moment, is still an accomplishment. He is assuredly not “the smartest guy ever to become president,” but he’s still out on the right-hand tail of the IQ bell curve.

One would do well to keep in mind Barack Obama’s intelligence (and its occasional hiccups) while reading Salon’s “The ‘Ted Cruz is smart’ trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous.” Author Nathan Robinson’s rigorous scientific analysis mocks Cruz for producing “angry pants-on-fire platitudinous drivel,” “using distortive, misleading rhetoric that no sober-minded individual could apply,” and reading Dr. Seuss.

Predictably, Nathan Robinson is certain Ted Cruz is not “smart” because Ted Cruz tends not to agree with Nathan Robinson.

Robinson is particularly alarmed by the report of David Panton, Cruz’s law-school roommate and college debate partner, who told The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin: “Ted’s views today politically are almost identical to when I met him. There’s nothing he says today that I didn’t hear in college.” “Ted Cruz,” Robinson declares, “does not in his life ever seem to have taken on board a single challenge to his worldview” — the implication of such a statement being that, if he had, he would have changed his mind. “[Panton’s] assessment, spoken about anybody,” writes Robinson, “should be convincing enough evidence for shallowness of mind.” No doubt a Ted Cruz who supported homosexual marriage, on-demand abortion, and a $15 minimum wage would appear to Salon writers much more intelligent.

Robinson’s essay is self-congratulation masquerading as high-minded critique, though that is not to say that all of his observations are wrong. Conservatives have long bemoaned the fact that educational institutions — even, and perhaps especially, elite ones — do not promote any “intelligence” that indicates more than good exam scores. As Robinson notes, where success is predicated upon relentless ambition, cultivation of a meaningful intelligence may fall by the wayside.

But the conclusion he draws from this is: Ted Cruz is not intelligent. Which is not just wrong, but indicative of the type of shallow thinking by which Robinson is purportedly disgusted.

Barack Obama and Ted Cruz (and Rand Paul and Mark Pryor and etc.) are, by any reasonable measure, intelligent men. But a cursory glance through the historical record proves that “intelligence” (whatever that means) and political competence do not necessarily correspond. In fact, enormously “intelligent” men were political dupes. Think Heidegger. Robinson’s is just another article perpetuating the political fetishization of intelligence, the liberal belief that if only our politicians were smarter, we could feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and repair the ozone layer, all with enough money left over to secure universal Head Start enrollment. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman was promoting exactly the same belief when he absurdly suggested that “one-party autocracy” is not a bad gig provided it is “led by a reasonably enlightened group of people.” “Enlightened” — that is, smart; that is, like Thomas Friedman, not one of those bumpkins the hoi polloi usually go in for. Modern liberalism believes that there is an answer to every question and a solution to every problem — that is, provided someone smart enough is in charge. But the reality is that there is no brain in the world big enough for the task.

None of which is to say that there is not a requisite level of intelligence for managing the affairs of state. But the general irrelevance of intelligence as a measure of political competence suggests that voters would do better to scrutinize candidates’ other qualities — loyalty, humility, common sense — over the density of their gray matter.

Then again, a closer look at Joe Biden’s report card may not have been a bad idea.

— Ian Tuttle is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz

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1 posted on 07/29/2014 6:30:41 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Jarhead9297; COUNTrecount; notaliberal; DoughtyOne; RitaOK; MountainDad; ...
Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!
2 posted on 07/29/2014 6:31:06 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Replace TC’s name with OBlameA and it’s a perfect fit.


3 posted on 07/29/2014 6:37:42 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SoConPubbie

No one has ever, to my knowledge, published SAT scores, ACT scores, IQ tests, college transcripts, or anything to document that Obama is so darned smart. Jimmy Carter was supposed to have been extremely intelligent — nuclear engineer or something like that with the Navy.

Barry is in good company with Jimmuh.


4 posted on 07/29/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: SoConPubbie

In any prison, you can find hundreds of Barack Obamas. The only difference between them is Obama was the post turtle trained to use his skin color and sexual orientation to climb the political ladder with a lot of help from America’s enemies.

Intelligent? No.

Sociopath? Yes.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 6:39:51 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Show me the man and I will find the crime. - Lavrenti Beria)
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To: SoConPubbie

“...Obama...is still out on the right-hand tail of the IQ bell curve....”
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Yes, I agree...but he has not strayed very far from the “center” of the bell curve...a standard deviation perhaps. In any case, wherever he is on the IQ bell curve, he is likely well over on the LEFT-HAND TAIL of the Competence bell curve.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 6:41:38 AM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: SoConPubbie

There’s actual “smart”, and then there’s “liberal smart”, which simply means supporting centralized authority.


7 posted on 07/29/2014 6:43:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SoConPubbie

B0dunhamsoetorosoebarkah’s mind is already made up. He has no original or creative thoughts. He refuses to comprehend or even listen to alternative views, data and theories.

Reminds me of a few mohammedans I have met. Everything that needs to be known is in “the book.”


8 posted on 07/29/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: xzins

Do we have his Columbia degree? In his one pamphlet he got up the energy to write back in the 90s, he wrote he “attended” Columbia and was born in Kenya. No one at Columbia even remembers him. How is that possible in a future president?

I forgot that Besloss said Obama was smarter than Tom Jefferson, lol!


9 posted on 07/29/2014 6:46:52 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SoConPubbie
In certain circles, you can cheatsheet your way to instant recognition as "very intelligent" by loudly proclaiming your vigorous embrace of all political and social opinions presented on the great big liberal platter. No substitutions allowed.

Once your bona fides are established in this manner, you can proclaim all those who refuse any opinion on the platter as "stupid", thus making yourself even more intelligent in the eyes of your peers.

They don't distinguish between opinion and intelligence, making an upside down world where any sort of questioning or speculating about an issue in a new way proves you to be intellectually weaker.

Liberals never question the opinions they are handed, because being intellectually curious or open minded about issues is considered lowbrow or stupid.

It's a mental circle jerk, keep your ideas to yourself and work your wrist.

10 posted on 07/29/2014 6:51:55 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SoConPubbie

“O” is NOT smart. Look where THAT got us!!!


11 posted on 07/29/2014 6:54:10 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SoConPubbie
Only a MENSA standout like him could state that, in columnist Jack Kelly’s pithy summation,

there are 57 states; Canada has a president; “Austrian” is a language; America is “20 centuries” old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He’s called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.

Well, even genius lapses.

12 posted on 07/29/2014 6:55:20 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SoConPubbie

One one else can and is willing to destroy Hillary Clinton with undeniable passion and logic like Ted Cruz


13 posted on 07/29/2014 6:59:55 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Zuse
It would be a mistake to underestimate B0dunhamsoetorosoebarkah. He is smart in cunning, dangerous ways.
He absorbed Marxist doctrine (Stanley Ann, Frank Marshall Davis, professors), matched it up with mohammedan supremacy & taqiyya & intimidation, and implements his notions with Alinsky tactics.

Marx, mohammed and Alinsky — it is frightening how effectively they can convince masses that evil is good — a most dangerous demonic combination in the quest for power.

14 posted on 07/29/2014 7:00:08 AM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Think back a few years and remember that they published article after article after article remarking upon Al Gore’s enormous intellect.

Considering that the guy is dumb as a post, how is it possible that they mistook his dimness of wit for smart? Leaving aside that this tells you all you need to know about the relative intelligence of the scribbling class... they thought he was smart because he agreed with them.

We’ve been told again and again that Reagan and GW were dumb, and that Gore and Obama were smart. Actual intellect and accomplishment doesn’t enter in to the equation. Conformity does. That, and scribblers scribble what they are told to scribble. Remember, fast forward in the time machine, how many articles and headlines and magazine covers have assured us that Michelle epitomizes the height of fashion, “just like Jackie O”. Really?

Someone who would write that would write anything.


15 posted on 07/29/2014 7:00:31 AM PDT by marron
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To: House Atreides

I speak as one who scored well to the far right of the IQ curve at eighteen. Actually in the top one per cent of a group of Navy enlisted men who were all well into the triple digits. I say that IQ alone is limited in what it says about future prospects. On the one hand a low two digit score is an almost certain predictor of failure at most endeavors but on the other hand a super high triple digit score is no guarantee of success, if it were you would know me by my real name and you would see me on the TV news regularly.

Put Barack Obama in the big swamp trying to hold his own with a group of deer hunting, catfishing, timber cutting, bulldozer driving, jack of all trades
rednecks and he will look like the helpless idiot just as those people would at a diplomatic dinner. The difference is that to me Obama is an idiot in BOTH settings.


16 posted on 07/29/2014 7:03:59 AM PDT by RipSawyer (OPM is the religion of the sheeple.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Hitting the nail on the head:

“Modern liberalism believes that there is an answer to every question and a solution to every problem — that is, provided someone smart enough is in charge. But the reality is that there is no brain in the world big enough for the task.”


17 posted on 07/29/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: miss marmelstein

Beschloss and the other MSM idiots called Reagan a likable dunce. Enough said!


18 posted on 07/29/2014 7:08:00 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m not one to demean intelligence. Too often we get into the trap of saying that smart people really aren’t effective, or that the “streetwise” person will always do better than a smart person. That’s not true. Smart people are very effective in life. They figure things out more quickly and easily than stupid people, or even people of average intelligence. However, history has shown that intelligence alone is not enough. It has to be grounded in morals and humility. Example # 1 of intelligence not grounded in morals and humility is the Woodrow Wilson, probably the most evil man we’ve ever had as president. I am glad to hear someone like Alan Dershowitz say that Ted Cruz is brilliant. I am glad he is smart and becoming more and more effective in using it.


19 posted on 07/29/2014 7:09:02 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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20 posted on 07/29/2014 7:09:53 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SoConPubbie

There’s absolutely no doubt that Karl Marx had a humongous intellect. Engels and Lenin well may have been even smarter. Moreover, if we could give IQ tests to Comrade Stalin and Chairman Mao, I’ll bet they’d be off the charts.

But as hath asked a well-known ex-FLOTUS, “What difference does it make?”


21 posted on 07/29/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: SoConPubbie

Speaking of whom...

I watched Ted Cruz during his valiant effort to halt the disaster called Obamacare. I hope you watched it as well. If he used it once, he used the phrase “...we no longer listen to the people, our constituents...” over a hundred times. And he was right...they don’t. And the fact is, THEY NO LONGER NEED TO.
I’ve posted my little rant on this topic before but Ted’s honest comment compels me to do so again.
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WHY THE POLITICAL RULING CLASS NO LONGER LISTENS TO US!
“When the servants of the people are paid with something other than that which the people themselves have produced (i.e. the real, tangible products of their labors or some fixed and real medium of that exchange), the roles of master and servant will be reversed.”
That was Thomas Jefferson warning that the financial disaster we now face would be but one of many problems paper money would visit upon us if we allowed our “leaders” to remove the backing from the currency.
It was believed by Roger Sherman and a majority of those at the Constitutional Convention that unbacked fiat currency would so damage the fabric of the nation that they ATTEMPTED to prohibit it with these few words at Article 1, Section 10, requiring the states to enforce the prohibition: “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts;”
If the people and their states grew inattentive to this matter (and they have!), Jefferson also saw another problem ahead.
In a letter to John Taylor in 1816, he wrote, “And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
We have been “…swindling futurity…” for a long time and this is now where we find ourselves. If the government, through its banker masters at the Federal Reserve, can create “money” from thin air, they certainly don’t need ours every April 15th. That annual sheep shearing is simply an attempt to vacuum enough of the excess paper from the system to keep the rest of us from catching on to the biggest theft ring in the history of man. They have now created so much that their attempt is failing and failing badly to a point where all but the dullest among us (Obama voters and his growing cadres of personal and corporate welfare beneficiaries) are starting to “get it.”
If you understood that last paragraph, you can now make the small leap to an understanding as to why the “progressive” utopian welfare state hacks in Washington don’t give a damn WHAT you think. Their power to create all the “money” they need to fuel their infernal machine and fill the gaping maws of enough of those growing hoards of welfare constituents to assure their perpetual re-election means that — ready — THEY NO LONGER NEED YOU! They have become, as Mr. Jefferson predicted, our MASTERS.
And this is for you who believe that we’re ALL equally screwed under this dishonest, fraudulent fiat money system: Inflation DOES NOT impact everyone at the same time and level. THOSE WHO GET THEIR HANDS ON THAT “MONEY” FIRST – BEFORE THE INFLATION ERODES ITS VALUE – SUFFER FAR LESS THAN THOSE OF US FURTHER DOWN THE FOOD CHAIN. THINK ABOUT IT (unless you’re an obama voter, in which case, let us know how you FEEL about that).
We won’t have even a CHANCE at an honest government until we again have HONEST MONEY.
That they are taking down a nation and a system that has provided more wealth, safety and abundance to more people than any other in history matters not to them. Failing to grasp the lesson of the French Revolution, they believe themselves to be above the impending disaster.
We’re running out of time to get this increasingly rapacious beast back into the cage from which we have carelessly allowed it to escape.
Dick Bachert

PS: I was a 3 year member of the national board of CATS (Citizens for an Alternative Tax System), the precursor to the current Fair Tax organization. I fully support the concept of a CONSUMPTION TAX over the current Marxist INCOME TAX. That said, UNTIL WE GET BACK TO HONEST “MONEY”, WERE REARRANGING DECK CHAIRS ON A SINKING SHIP.
PPS: A word about the brilliance of this scheme hatched in 1913 by the elites: Economics is called “the dismal science” for a reason. Freepers are a pretty sharp group, and most who get this far will grasp the importance of getting back to a Constitutionally sound money system. But hand this to the “guy on the street” and his eyes will glaze over, he’d start drooling before he hit the third paragraph, throw it down, declare you crazy and stomp off in search of a much needed drink. We can’t solve a problem until more of us recognize that there IS ONE!


22 posted on 07/29/2014 7:31:25 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

America had better get down on her knees and pray Ted Cruz is the next President. This country is in an almost inevitable slide into oblivion. The only hope we have is a national revival and the election of leaders with a God-ordained conscience of right and wrong. In my analytical self I do not believe we will elect Ted Cruz. I believe we will elect an antichrist like figure such as Hillary or Elizabeth Warren. Republicans wil probably nominate a “reach across the aisle” RINO like Jeb Bush, Christie, McCain, etc. Please pray for this once wonderful country. How could we allow godless liberalism to take it all away so quick?


23 posted on 07/29/2014 7:36:13 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: SoConPubbie
But the conclusion he draws from this is: Ted Cruz is not intelligent.

Same thing happened to Ronald Reagan. It seems when libs are having a difficult time trying to analyze a true conservative all they have to resort to is that the guy is an idiot.

It must be obviously true. Who needs to know more than their leftist professors taught them?

Who needs to read Tacitus or know what natural law is all about? Or what our Founders did that was truly spectacular.

All they need to know is that their professors at Columbia are pointing them to something that might resemble the Truth.

So, who is the real dummy? Ted Cruz or the loony leftists who wouldn't know a really true Truth if it hit them in the face with a 2 by 4?

24 posted on 07/29/2014 7:41:49 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: SoConPubbie

The fact Cruz is smart and well spoken scares the left. The typical smear tactics start with either 1.) You are stupid or 2.) You are a hater.

Calling senator Cruz stupid is not going to stick.
Calling him a hater is tough because he is hispanic, and is clever enough to turn most “gotcha” questions back on the originator.

The best they have at the moment is to call him extreme, but that is a much weaker attack than stupid/hater.


25 posted on 07/29/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT by csivils
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To: 2nd Amendment

We NEED Ted Cruz. A few others would fill the bill, but none are as quick and pithy as Ted Cruz in crystalizing issues. Bob


26 posted on 07/29/2014 7:44:01 AM PDT by alstewartfan (Army trucks have hauled away the newly slain, Angry crowds retreat, but they'll be back again. Al S)
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To: xzins

Actually Carter was Never a nuke engineer. He might have become one but he resigned to go back and take over the farms .
He did serve on a sub but not as an engineer.

so he got credit for smarter about nuke energy that he was.

Isn’t it amazing that even in the 70’s the media was willing to give a Dem candidate a pass on facts about their background?


27 posted on 07/29/2014 7:48:53 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: SoConPubbie
In the first volume of his magnificent three-tome biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris recounts the story of writer Owen Wister’s visit to the Roosevelt White House. Wister, a Harvard classmate of the president, “has lent [Roosevelt] a book shortly before a full evening’s entertainment at the White House, and been astonished to hear a complete review of it over breakfast. ‘Somewhere between six one evening and eight-thirty the next morning, beside his dressing and his dinner and his guests and his sleep, he had read a volume of three-hundred-and-odd pages, and missed nothing of significance’”....

....It seems safe to say that America’s 26th president was “smart.” But it was not he whom historian Michael Beschloss christened “probably the smartest guy ever to become president.” Nor was it John Adams, nor the famously learned Thomas Jefferson, nor Woodrow Wilson, the only Ph.D.-president. That title, of course, belongs to Barack Obama (B.A., Columbia; J.D., Harvard), whose intellect is the stuff of legend. Only a MENSA standout like him could state that, in columnist Jack Kelly’s pithy summation,

there are 57 states; Canada has a president; “Austrian” is a language; America is “20 centuries” old; Arabic is spoken in Afghanistan. He’s called the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) the Maldives, and declared it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to invalidate a law passed by Congress.
Well, even genius lapses.

PFL

28 posted on 07/29/2014 7:51:46 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: RWGinger

I’ve always been amazed that Cronkite admitted that he’d slanted news in a liberal way his entire career. Growing up with him on the news, we just saw it as the news. There were no significant differences between CBS, ABC, NBC. The real difference was that Cronkite had that made-for-TV voice. If he were in news in this day, he’d be Chris Matthews. That’s a depressing thought.


29 posted on 07/29/2014 7:56:53 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: miss marmelstein

I’ve never seen anything from Columbia, Harvard, anywhere.

I don’t think he’s a dumb man by any means, but I have watched him without a teleprompter and his brain isn’t facile. It’s stumbling. That says to me that in the world of intellect, if he were a pro baseball player, he’d be a .290 batting average. Good, but not great.


30 posted on 07/29/2014 8:00:05 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

I wonder if ANY of todays leftist talking heads would ever admit they knowingly so slanted the news
slanted to the point of lies
lies that harmed our country.

Of course all ‘journalists: have a slant
but to distort and lie like they do should be beyond of he pale of journalism


31 posted on 07/29/2014 8:07:18 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: SoConPubbie

“Ted’s views today politically are almost identical to when I met him. There’s nothing he says today that I didn’t hear in college.”

Which is why he is trustworthy.


32 posted on 07/29/2014 8:23:30 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: SoConPubbie

Obama’s Pakistani roommate had a fake degree from Columbia. Does anyone remember Obama going to school there, or graduating from there? But, no matter, it was real enough for the Saudis to influence his way into Harvard. At least Cruz was smart enough to get into classes Obama couldn’t, and he didn’t need the Saudis to advance his educational career.


33 posted on 07/29/2014 8:38:05 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SoConPubbie

I know of nothing BO has done that would attest to a superior intellect....there is however a long line of failures that demonstrate his incompetence and total lack of rudimentary common sense.....he is totally ego driven. Arrogance and ignorance is a very dangerous flaw for the most powerful position on the planet!!!


34 posted on 07/29/2014 9:23:42 AM PDT by ontap
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d guess that the Kenyan anti-Christ has a triple-digit IQ, but not far to the right of the median. 115? 125 at the very top?

He is stronger verbally than non-verbally. His math acuity is awful, unable to deal on the fly with orders of magnitude, or to do basic arithmetic in his head when there are many zeros at the ends of numbers. He is, at best, merely average in his math intelligence. The anti-Christ is glib, given a functioning teleprompter.

Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is a genius.

It’s like comparing a toy car to a Mercedes-Benz.


35 posted on 07/29/2014 9:30:15 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: sitetest

Obama reminds me of a number of the social science profs I knew in college. Many of them were nice guys and knew their stuff as far as it went. Their IQs were certainly above average, but their politics were decidedly left-wing. Some were very left-wing to the point of being communists. I had one very funny and popular prof who was a Stalin apologist. I found that out after I said some nasty things about Stalin in class one day. It would have been interesting to sit in on one of Obama’s classes.


36 posted on 07/29/2014 9:42:15 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: SoConPubbie

One of the many playgrounds of an evil mind is jealousy.

Nathan Robinson is not smart enough to know that!


37 posted on 07/29/2014 11:50:16 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: RWGinger
Actually Carter was Never a nuke engineer. He might have become one but he resigned to go back and take over the farms .

Which he apparently did before learning that the word is not pronounced "New-kew-lar"

38 posted on 07/29/2014 4:26:53 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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