GOP SHOULD NOT FALL INTO TRAP OF BEING PROUDLY IGNORANT
" Republicans have sometimes mistaken anti-elitism with anti-smarts. Put differently, Republicans should not have contempt for the voters or for ideas, lest they be judged unworthy of serving in office. It's one thing to heap scorn on liberal elites who parrot unsupportable leftist dogma or who show contempt for ordinary Americans' values; it's quite another to celebrate ignorance."
"......today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to Liberty University. It was, at least in part, a celebration of ignorance. The Post's reporter at the scene, Phil Rucker, tweeted some of the remarks. Jon Ward at Huffington Post, recorded some comments. Things started off on a poor note with Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. praising Perry's secessionist remarks as " gutsy." Are we to believe now that Perry was serious about secession ? Then Perry, apparently deciding to make ads for the Obama campaign, came out with a series of " See how dumb I am ?" one - liners. He observed that he needed to pull out a dictionary to see what " convocation" meant. The next knee-slapper; He didn't have the grades to be a vet, so he became a pilot. And then the real howler: He was in the top 10 in a high school class of 13.
Yes, he was trying to be self-deprecating, but it's disturbing to see that he thinks a rotten student and a know-nothing gives one street cred in the GOP. .....What Perry is doing here is telling moderate Republicans and those voters genuinely concerned about his electability to buzz off. He doesn't need them, and he doesn't intend to make it easy for them to vote for him. He's telling them he is happily impervious to mainstream sensibilities. It's the sort of thing a Texas pol, not a presidential candidate, would do."
This is increasingly a problem.....Perry's flaunting of his own absent smarts. Like s slow kid in a class who taunts the bright kids and rallies around him a small gang of equally slow kids. Should the class dumb itself down to their level so they'll be content ? I don't think so.
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