Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Presidential IQ

One aspect of left/liberal thinking that is a pet peeve for me, especially around election time, is the notion that the more "intelligent" candidate would make the better president. There is, of course, a self-congratulatory air about this pronouncement coming from the intellegentsia, combined with a childishness in the put-down of the opponent's perceived deficits.

Let's take a look at the list of the 20th Century presidents who, by virtue of their verbal skills, academic record, or prior accomplishments, are generally agreed to have had the highest IQs:

Clinton
Carter
Nixon
Hoover
Wilson
Taft
T. Roosevelt
Contrast this with an equal number of presidents derided by their contemporaries as "amiable dunces" or worse (ignore for the moment whether the scorn was fair or accurate):

GW Bush
Reagan
Ford
Eisenhower
Truman
FDR
Harding
Which list would you choose?

3 Comments:

Blogger Goesh said...

An IQ is only as good as it is employed, eh?

6:34 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

The men in the first list were perceived to be more intellectual and sometimes people confuse that with intelligence. They're not the same.

We could have a whole 'nother discussion on emotional congruence and integrity, now couldn't we?

10:25 PM  
Blogger a4g said...

I am continually amazed by my acquaintances on the left who pride themselves on their self-identified subtle intelligence and intellectual flexibility, who nevertheless base all judgements and appraisals on the acquired trinkets and baubles of academia.
What a starved, twisted way to see-- to believe the measure of a man is made on such a narrow path.

12:01 AM  

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