24 thoughts on “Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place

  1. Cindy Scroggins

    That’s what I keep wondering, Deron. It seems to me that stupid people used to have some idea that they were stupid. But Karl Rove made stupid people see that smart people are bad, and that the “common sense” of stupid people is what matters most. So now they’re proud of being stupid.

  2. Sheila Ryan

    I look back at the appeal of such figures as Father Coughlin or say, at the contumely directed at Adlai Stevenson for being a pointy-headed intellectual, and I don’t know how much worse it is today. Coughlin, for instance, was hugely popular.

    Americans don’t like smarty britches.

  3. Sheila Ryan

    I’ve never read Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-intellectualism in American Life (1963), but I imagine it would be both illuminating and depressing.

  4. Daryl Scroggins

    Randy Taylor: “Just look at that pussy CEO sittin up there in his office drawing a big paycheck. I could do his damn job in a second. How hard can it be to just take a look and say yes or no?”

  5. Daryl Scroggins

    This guy looks like the sort who would always have the slapping around done for him by his friends.

  6. Cindy Scroggins

    Anti-intellectualism has deep roots in this country (and elsewhere), but I believe we’re seeing a different phenomenon lately. It isn’t so much anti-intellectual as it is pro-stupid. Aggressive stupidity, I like to call it. Conversations that once were held in private for fear of being shot down by the big-worded smart guys now take place with great pride on the open airwaves.

    Can anyone imagine Sharon Angle being taken seriously even 15 years ago?

  7. Deron Bauman

    in my positive moments I think this is because the republican brand is so tarnished all the intelligent conservatives and moderates shifted independent and democrat, leaving nothing but this to fill the space. but it’s hard to imagine where that gets us.

  8. Daryl Scroggins

    I saw a headline today that noted inexperience in politics is the new cred for…working in politics. It’s the American faith in simple solutions for all problems that brilliant people find daunting. We are doomed.

  9. Aaron Winslow

    I really hate how nearly everyone (who makes such things) has to say the “and I approved this message” closing with a tone that suggest that he or she is some kind of badass. And, in particular, I hate it when they themselves say it on camera (like in this one).

    Stupidity has definitely gotten more stupid.

    And liberals have gotten more conservative.

    Further, my vagina hurts and milk gives me swamp gas.

  10. Daryl Scroggins

    I wonder if Quale realizes that winning would mean actually having to back out of the driveway some mornings.

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