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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jonathan Chait: Faced with the accusation that he is a half-wit, the president and his defenders have formed two rebuttals. The first is that the mere fact Trump won the presidency and has approved conservative policies proves his wisdom. ... The second defense holds that the questioning of [Donald] Trump's mental capacity is no more than liberal snobbery. ... As it has moved farther and farther right, the Republican Party has grown increasingly anti-intellectual. Trump's base adores him, not despite his obvious mental limitations, but because of them. ... College-educated voters used to be a loyal Republican constituency. But the conservative movement used to be a dissenting faction within, and sometimes outside, the Republican Party. As the GOP has grown more conservative, it has simultaneously grown more anti-intellectual. It has been a jagged downward path from Reagan to Trump.

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Two caveats are in order. First, many intelligent people have conservative values, and rationally support the Republican Party. Second, while Trump's lack of mental aptitude may be similar to that of previous Republican leaders in kind, it is very different in degree. That said, Trump's flamboyant ignorance and disdain for intellectual standards are very much in keeping with modern conservative politics.

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I have conservative values when it come to fiscal stuff. I am also a social liberal. Any other orientation is wasteful and hateful.

#1 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-01-10 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You favor massive military expenditures, debt spending in good times, printing money in bad times, regressive taxation, and accumulation of wealth over generations among the 0.00000001 percent who act as our plutocratic leaders?

Or do you mean it literally?

#2 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-10 07:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Why do Republicans love dumb presidents? Duh, they want to see the POTUS as being just like them, not some intellectual elite.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-10 10:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Republicans love dumb presidents and Democrats are in a party that forced them to choose between him of Hillary Clinton.

Ain't no party with the intellectual higher ground this time around.

#4 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2018-01-11 07:04 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

him or Hillary Clinton*

#5 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2018-01-11 07:13 AM | Reply

They like Dumb presidents because they want the president to just sign what they send them, not argue with them about it.

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-11 11:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Here we go again. It will be just like the W times...He's so stupid. He's so dumb. He masterminded the most complex attack ever carried out on US soil.

People who use a narrative to support an opinion that is hypocritical to that same opinion are the dumb ones.

#7 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-11 12:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"First, many intelligent people have conservative values, and rationally support the Republican Party."

Yes, if you are a rich male WASP, you can rationally vote GOP. However, that still makes you an evil person. Rational, but heartless nonetheless.

#8 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-11 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Republicans love dumb presidents and Democrats are in a party that forced them to choose between him of Hillary Clinton.
Ain't no party with the intellectual higher ground this time around.

#4 | POSTED BY HEURISTICGRATIS

Seriously? You're saying Clinton was dumb? Either you aren't the brightest or this is a terribly weak attempt to troll.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 12:48 PM | Reply

Here we go again. It will be just like the W times...He's so stupid. He's so dumb. He masterminded the most complex attack ever carried out on US soil.
People who use a narrative to support an opinion that is hypocritical to that same opinion are the dumb ones.

#7 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

...He makes W seem like a Rhodes Scholar. And if you are too dumb to recognize the sheer and incredible self-imposed ignorance of the current president, you are too stupid to continue posting here.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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"Either you aren't the brightest or this is a terribly weak attempt to troll." - #9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 12:48 PM

I go with "both are true."

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-11 12:50 PM | Reply

Republicans like dumb Presidents because they don't like being talked down to by intellectuals. As with Dubya, they want a President who they would feel comfortable having a beer with.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-11 01:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

The gop that vote don't like presidents that use big words like unprecedented or nuclear.

The people that push the candidates on the voting public like dumb presidents because they can get them to do anything they want. Like say pass a tax bill that makes it even more lucrative to move operations overseas while telling him that it will make America competitive and companies will be lining up to come back to the US.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-11 01:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why did he make it a crime to release them??

Tell me how the president can pass legislation. Perhaps you can provide a link to that.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-11 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why did he make it a crime to release them??

#13 | POSTED BY DAVETHEWAVE AT 2018-01-11 01:14 PM | FLAG:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) is a United States federal law that governs the access of educational information and records.

- wiki

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-11 01:21 PM | Reply

12 so why did Obama refuse to disclose his education transcripts. Why did he make it a crime to release them??

#13 | POSTED BY DAVETHEWAVE

Always the idiot...

Obama's college records are not "sealed" by a court order and he didn't make it a crime to release them. It would be illegal under federal law (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) for Occidental, Columbia or Harvard Law School to give any former student's records to reporters or members of the public without that person's specific, written permission. Obama hasn't released them, but neither have other presidential candidates released their college records. George W. Bush's grades at Yale eventually became public, but only because somebody leaked them to the New Yorker magazine. Bush himself refused to release them, according to a 1999 profile in the Washington Post.

One more thing, most law schools drop anyone with a GPA lower than 2.6 or 3.0 depending on the school. So, he must have gotten decent enough grades.

Any other questions?

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 01:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

It's beyond perfect that Humtake and DTW choose this thread to put on a full display. "Peacocking" for those two standard deviations below the mean.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-11 01:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Easy answer: they are easier to manipulate from within (and without, in the current case).

#19 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-11 07:51 PM | Reply

The real reason they like stupid Presidents is because the real power is wielded by billionaire oligarchs who exercise command from relative obscurity, stupid President are easier to control, have fewer scruples and are easily influenced even when they are led to harm the American people, which Trump does on a daily basis. CHIPS anyone? Can you even believe those vampires are going to take healthcare away from poor children? You voted for this Republicans, hope you're real proud of yourselves.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-12 08:16 AM | Reply

Davethewave,

I think you should come back here and apologize to everyone for having to read your post.

Where did you go?

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-12 10:17 AM | Reply

I witnessed Obama as President for 8 years, no way that guy got into an ivy league law school and graduated on merit. Look up "post turtle".

#22 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-12 11:29 AM | Reply

"I witnessed Obama as President for 8 years, no way that guy got into an ivy league law school and graduated on merit." - #22 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-12 11:29 AM

And, yet, he did.

"Look up "post turtle"."

Okay: Post turtle.

#23 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-12 11:38 AM | Reply

Hans, sometimes you are magnificent. A+.

#24 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-12 12:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Hans, sometimes you are magnificent. A+." - #24 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-12 12:02 PM

Of course I am.

And, as it turns out, more than just "sometimes."

#25 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-12 12:03 PM | Reply

12 so why did Obama refuse to disclose his education transcripts. Why did he make it a crime to release them??
#13 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2018-01-11 01:14 PM

Well, there's a damnable lazy lie. Ever heard of FERPA?
BTW, where the hell is Trump's transcript, huh?

#26 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-12 12:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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