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August 24, 2011

Stupid is as stupid does

My latest for WNYC’s A Free Country blog is on the never-ending “this Republican candidate is stupid” meme.

Posted by Karol at 03:33 PM |

The post sounds like a whine. I think when a reporter asks a question, and they are accused of bias or gotcha tactics, that candidate is too thin skinned to be in the politicking line.
No other place can you expect not to be asked hard questions or be given reality checks, certainly not in my line, and definitely not when a lot of dollars are riding on the right decisions.
I do agree that misunderestimation is a useful tool. Being prepared for hard questions and having somebody to prompt you when you misspeak is no harm either.

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at August 25, 2011 at 4:31 am

The post is not about gotcha questions but the overreaction when a Republican candidate, and only a Republican candidate, misspeaks.

Posted by: Karol at August 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

.. and it is next to a post about a stupid dem. Is this an attempt at irony?

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at August 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Which is worse, a stupid politician, or one caught cruising for guys and preaching anti-gay messages, like Arango?

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at August 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm

The left did this starting with Eisenhower.

Posted by: Ron Lewenberg at August 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Calling Republicans stupid goes back to liberals attacking President Eisenhower. Seriously, they thought that 5-Star General and former Columbia President Ike was stupid. Professor Richard Hofstadter famously said that there is no conservative intellectual tradition in America. Evidently the author of “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” was too lazy to read a copy of National Review, or anything written by Russel Kirk or Richard Weaver, and yet this learned man set the intellectual tone in America for 50+ years.

The New Class calls us stupid, because they are too lazy to debate, and because they dare not expose themselves to anything that would threaten the ersatz cosmopolitan oikophobia.

Posted by: Ron Lewenberg at August 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

This is bs. Right and left, you get this happening. For every Dan Quayle potatoe, theres a Al Gore inventing the internet. The politicians, like any lawyer, have to expect hard questions, including tricky ones, and stop whining.
If the CEO could not deal with scrutiny, it’s time for a new one. Why do we expect politicians to be dealt with more softly when they are spending our money?
Get over it, and get on with it!

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at August 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Arango quits, and fuels the fire. If you like the same sex, it is stupid to be homophobic.

Posted by: Lt. Oilybird at August 31, 2011 at 3:05 am
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