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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Building on the "Bush may be dumb but so is Kerry" idea...

James Dwight at Soxblog has these observations:

Now the allegedly big-brained Kerry graduated Yale a couple of years before Bush. Kerry, unlike the President, is not a famously dunderheaded student; he was supposed to be blessed with his preternatural sense for nuance in the crib. After graduating Yale, Kerry burnished his resume by being a war hero first and a media star second. So after this impressive performance, where did he go to law school? Boston College.

(None of what follows is intended as a slight towards Boston College or its law school. B.C. is a wonderful institution that has produced many wonderful graduates including Michael Adams and Doug Flutie.)

If you’re not from Boston, you might be unaware of the following truth: No one here, in spite of Boston College’s undeniable strengths, would eschew an invitation to attend Harvard Law School to attend B.C. It’s simply not done. Thus we can reasonably infer that Kerry did not get in to Harvard Law.

I know nothing of this particular blogger, and he's clearly not a Kerry fan, but this is a good point. Even if you concede that Bush doesn't have a lot going on upstairs, it does not follow that his opponent is some sort of genius. There is little evidence that Kerry has done anything indicative of possessing a superior intellect.

Bush is responsible, at least a little bit, for bringing this increased scrutiny on himself. After you misspeak 3 or 4 times, you become the Rasheed Wallace (or Dennis Rodman) of presidential politics. Rasheed and Dennis would misbehave so much on the court that refs would start to presume they were guilty of any on-court fracas whether they were involved or not. Bush now deals with the presumption of stupidity on a daily basis.

Kerry has escaped this scrutiny so far, largely by staying out of the limelight and relying on the President's blunders to keep the media busy. This strategy has worked well until this point.

Is Kerry truly smarter? I don't know. What I would like to see is a presidential game of Trivial Pursuit. Forget the debates! All that they do is provide a free forum to spout off inane stump speeches regardless of the questions asked. At least we would gain some insight into the candidates from a little trivia competition. I grant you that Trivial Pursuit is not a perfect judge of intellect, but I think that a game between the two would be enlightening.

What if they were both awful? What if Kerry answered a sports and leisure question with "Mahatma Ali," or Bush answered a people and places question regarding the Cultural Revolution in China with "General Tsao?"

Who would you vote for?

(via Instapundit)


  • Imagine the ratings if they were on Celebrity Jeopardy! Ken Jennings would be forgotten very quickly.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 10:34 AM  

  • So, nobody is perfect. At the end of the day we are all human. Too bad we can't be living in a utopian society, but then again, it could never exist as a "utopian society" is a subjective world. So, as tremendously flawed as we are as humans, and even more so as North Americans, we must learn to dig through the crap and chose the lesser of two evils. That my friend, MUST BE the most likely to beat Bush candidate, namely Kerry. Maybe next time we'll get the 'perfect' candidate, somehow I highly doubt it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 PM  

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