Friday, June 10, 2011
Newt Gingrich's Intelligence - Hidden in Plain Sight?
I'm fully prepared to buy into Newt as the intellectual giant of the GOP, but only if somebody shows me the evidence. I won't even ask that you explain away his many mistakes - smart people make mistakes, and sometimes can think their way into trouble. Arguably a stupid man would have an easier time staying on message in today's Republican Party, as I expect it's easier to stay on the right side of litmus tests if you don't have the aptitude to think about whether the positions you're supposed to take are in fact what's best for the nation.
I come across smart people all of the time, including people whose political philosophies vary from my own. Am I missing something? Or is it that I am to be awed by his ability to promote himself and rake in huge amounts of cash by serving as the Ed McMahon of right-wing political causes, and conclude that anybody so good at enriching himself has to be smart?