It's as predictable as the tides: At any sort of opportunity, liberals and the Drive-By Media will tell us how any Republican candidate is stupid. They will also tell us how any Democrat candidate is brilliant. It's so predictable, I can't believe people are surpised that Texas Governor and Republican frontrunner Rick Perry is being called stupid by the Media.
The culprit this time is Politico. In an article last week entitled "Is Rick Perry Dumb?" (1), that very claim was levied. The article claimed that Perry is "Not an ideas man," and claiming "Advisers and colleagues have informed much of his thinking over the years."
It's nothing new, of course. In 2000 and throughout his Presidency, we were told how George W. Bush was as sharp as a bowling ball, and who can forget Diplomat Clark Clifford calling Ronald Reagan an "amiable dunce."
Meanwhile, liberals are always "brilliant" and "so smart we couldn't comprehend them." Al Gore is a genius and apparently an environmental scientist (even though his degree is in journalism and his private sector experience was as a reporter). He was also a C Student at Harvard (similar grades to what George W. Bush earned at Yale).
John Kerry, another person who was so much smarter than George W. Bush. He must have been a straight A student, right? Nope, he was a C student too.
Barrack Obama, we’re told, is uncommonly brilliant. His college records have not been released, but something tells me if he had a 4.0 GPA we would’ve heard about it. Also, I generally don’t expect someone who does a fair amount of blow in college to be a tremendous scholar (that’s cocaine for those of you from Palm Beach County, FL).
Of the last four Democrat Presidential nominees that we were told was brilliant, only one has legitimate academic claim to that title, and that’s Bill Clinton, who was a Rhodes Scholar. So liberals told us that that 100% of the last four Democratic nominees were brilliant, evidence backs 25% of the claim. Even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut, I suppose.
Here’s my point: Calling Democrats brilliant and Republicans dumb is a talking point. It’s an overused talking point at that, and one that the Drive-By Media gleefully helps spread. It’s the same reason that they completely ignored it when then candidate Obama said he was planning to visit “All 58 States” or when President Obama pronounced the “p” in “Navy Corpsmen.” (For those of you from Palm Beach County, FL, it’s pronounced “CORE-MEN.”)
If George W. Bush said there were 58 states or mispronounced corpsmen you better believe there would’ve been Saturday Night Live skits, liberal comedians like Kathy Griffin lampooning it, and widespread ridicule. When it’s a liberal, the Media suddenly understands the concept of misspeaking.
Rick Perry is not dumb. It takes intelligence to have 37% of all new jobs created in America be created in Texas, where you are the governor. It takes intelligence to be re-elected Governor of Texas in 2002, 2006, and 2010. In Texas, they don’t let you hang around when you’re not getting the job done. The United States Air Force is not fond of letting dunces achieve the rank of Captain, while we’re at it.
Bottom line, the Democrat Party, liberals in general, and their willing accomplices in the Drive-By Media will absolutely call whomever ends up being the GOP nominee as bright as a two-watt light bulb. It’s guaranteed. It is more likely see widespread humility amongst Yankee fans and dogs and cats living together in harmony than Democrats failing to call the GOP nominee a drooling nincompoop. It’s guaranteed. Also guaranteed: those of us in the New Media, from talk radio to Fox News to humble bloggers like myself will be there to call the Drive-Bys out on their baloney.
(1) Politico - Is Rick Perry dumb?