Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fox's Kelly On Presidential Candidates: "Does It Matter If Somebody Is Dumb?"

The Republicans count Michele Bachmann as a presidential hopeful and Sarah Palin as a potential candidate; both have mangled American history of late. Then there's Rick Perry's skepticism on evolution. Additionally, there's the anti-science orientation of the Republican presidential candidates. Is it any wonder, then, that Fox's Megyn Kelly would ask whether it matters if a candidate is dumb? Or that conservative commentator Michele Malkin doesn't defend the intelligence of Republican candidates, but instead offers an anti-intellectual response? Watch:

Kelly: Does it matter–should it matter–if somebody is dumb? Yes, there have been partisan attacks, no question it does usually seem to focus on the Republicans: “Is Michele Bachmann dumb?” They’ve talked about her being on the House Intelligence Committee is a contradiction in terms... Now they’re asking this about Rick Perry, we saw it with Sarah Palin…  There were questions about the number of colleges Sarah Palin attended, there were questions about Perry's academic transcript. Does it make it illegitimate just because of who's asking it? 

Malkin: I think that it does... We can’t allow the left side of the aisle and those who pose as objective, neutral journalists to frame the quality and the credentials of our candidates. I don’t measure it on their college transcripts; I don’t measure it on how much they may have paid to go to some Ivy League-minted school…


Michael The Molar Maven said...

I think Paul Krugman said it best this past Monday in his column when he wrote, sarcastically about The Wall Street Journal: "The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page has gone beyond its long-term preference for the economic ideas of 'charlatans and cranks' — as one of former President George W. Bush’s chief economic advisers famously put it — to a general denigration of hard thinking about matters economic. Pay no attention to 'fancy theories' that conflict with 'common sense', the Journal tells us. Because why should anyone imagine that you need more than gut feelings to analyze things like financial crises and recessions?" The same can be said about much of the conservative argument framing political the political debates.

Jeff Tone said...

Michael: George W. Bush also decided from the gut–and look where his decisions got us.