Aptitude: Y'all remember this?
Does anyone in America doubt that Kerry has a higher IQ than Bush? I'm sure the candidates' SATs and college transcripts would put Kerry far ahead.That was from Howell Raines a few months before the election. We now know, thanks to Kerry's incompetently run campaign and his subsequent release of his college transcripts as well as comparisons of military scores, that he is not smarter than Bush. And we have further evidence that not only is Howell Raines biased, he is still a total dick. (Have you heard the stories of the way he ran the NYT? The way he treated his reporters, I'm surprised the mutiny didn't happen sooner.)
People who read this blog know that I like Bush, even though I disagree with many of his political positions, and I'm a big fan of his aggressive fight in the War on Terrorism. I can see how people can differ on his views, and I can even see how some people would disagree with everything he does.
But it amazes me that people still think he's so dumb. This is a myth that's perpetuated by the media, which surprises me. I interviewed Bush several times while he was governor of Texas. When people asked me what he was like, I always answered first that he seemed incredibly intelligent, really sharp -- on top of things.
Since then he has made many verbal gaffes and grammatical blunders. He's not a refined public speaker -- which is a huge liability when you're President of the United States.
But anybody who believes Bush is a dunce and that all of his opponents are Einsteins is just underestimating the president. And maybe that's why they keep losing to the guy.