Writing in his column in the New York Times, Charles Blow huffed that “Belligerence is the currency of the intellectually bankrupt.”

Do you think he was referring to Speaker Pelosi’s charge that vociferous Obamacare opponents are a Swastika-wearing mob? To President Obama’s recent command to critics to shut up and get out of his way?

“I don’t want the folks who created the mess [to] do a lot of talking,” Obama said. “ I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.”

To Russ Carnahan and other Democratic Congressmen who have called in SEIU thugs to “protect” them from critics?

I don’t either.

But then, smart guys like Blow don’t have to waste their time actually arguing with critics because, well, Republicans are so dumb it’s not worth it. “Let’s face it,” he writes. “This is no party of Einsteins. Really, it isn’t.”

Presumably because they’re so smart,

Democrats should be leading this discussion. Instead, they’re losing control of it. That’s unfortunate because the debate is too important to be hijacked by hooligans.

Good point. Blow should tell that to the Hooligan-in-Chief, the Hooligan of the House, and their enforcers in SEIU, ACORN, etc.


Our dumbness seems to be a recurrent theme with Democratic high-brows. Just listen to that well-known intellectual and arbiter of high culture, Bill Maher:

Just because a country elects a smart president doesn’t make it a smart country. A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn’t put anything past this stupid country.

I wonder if Maher thinks Minnesotans were dumb to elect that other influential high-brow, Al Franken, or perhaps simply that in doing so Minnesota was un-American.

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  1. David August 9, 2009 at 4:22 pm | | Reply

    Bill Maher is truly detestable. For someone who once described himself as libertarian, he seems to have great sympathy for government power as long as the “right” people wield it. Mencken probably had the same opinion of Americans’ tastes, predilections and morals as Maher, but he came to the opposite conclusion- the Constitution was intended to protect us from the politicians (whether they are Sarah Palin or more suitable to Bill Maher) who would pander to those same tendencies. It is also interesting that Bill Maher chooses knowledge of the chronological appearance of Judaism vs. Christianity as an indicator of a national perceptiveness or “intelligence”. Presumably, the religious people whom he continuously disparages no doubt answered this question correctly! I’m sure Bill Maher would be quite comfortable in any of the various tyrannies that have afflicted humanity, secure in the knowledge that he would enjoy a privileged place based on his enlightened insights.

  2. A. B. Caneday August 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm | | Reply

    Half of us who reside in Minnesota are entirely ashamed that our state elected a Bill Maher-type to the Senate. “Senator Franken” are two words that will never fit properly together.

  3. Cobra August 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm | | Reply

    John writes:

    “I wonder if Maher thinks Minnesotans were dumb to elect that other influential high-brow, Al Franken, or perhaps simply that in doing so Minnesota was un-American.”

    I don’t understand your point here. Is this a slight against Al Franken, who graduated cum laude from Harvard ’73, and scored a perfect 800 on his math SATs…or is this a slight against educated liberals in general?

    I can understand the latter, coming from you…but you’re the last guy on Earth I’d expect to see going down a road where academic excellence is ridiculed or diminished.


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