Todd Zywicki has a post “Intelligence versus Glibness”. It rehashes arguments we sometimes discuss here (sufficiently that we probably don’t need to start again, though Shannon is often quite interesting when he discourses on the articulate in empty suits). Still if any of our readers long to analyze Palin’s sentences, they can take themselves to the sanctuary of Volokh’s comments. (It was inspired by Randall Hooven’s American Thinker essay, “Judging who’s Smart.”)
Frankly, I’m tired of this kind of crap. We are prosecuting two wars and have had a meltdown of our Dow and the housing market is falling apart – and people want to talk about what kind of schools Palin went to and what kind of beauty contest she entered? Personally, I figure since it dawned on her that the surge was working, that pulling out of Iraq or losing there would have dire consequences, that it was best not to divide Iraq into three separate nations, she’s smarter than the Democrats. Since she and McCain have demonstrated an erratic but apparently real faith in free markets (and here she certainly seems to have more faith than McCain), she’s smarter than the Democrats. She’s figured out that businesses hire people – and that might be a good thing; she’s figured out that putting in a new well won’t give us oil tomorrow but will before a decade has elapsed. I don’t know what smart is, but I sure as hell know what dumb is.
Biden reminds me of one of my husband’s old friends – he became a lawyer and politician. On the debate team as an undergraduate, he would stride forward, holding a blank notecard, look at it confidently, and spin out a stat. One time, my husband recalls, it was something like “87% of Mafia dons believe. . . ” How anyone went about polling Mafia dons might make his “fact” a bit suspect, but the debate went on, using this fact as if it were the revealed truth. Making up facts is not the same, you know, as actually knowing things. I have a lot of respect for the imagination, but the White House never struck me as its appropriate reward.