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Who’s Smarter–Liberals or Conservatives?

Posted by Ryan on September 17, 2007

I think these kinds of studies are always spearheaded by people with an insecurity who want to make a broad political judgment to make their point.  Slate.com‘s article debunks a much cited MSM study that says liberals are inherently smarter than conservatives because of the speed at which they discriminate between “Ms” and “Ws” on a computer during a fifteen-minute quiz, by taking each one of its findings and seriously questioning the results.  I think this study woefully tries to reinforce existing stereotypes: that the stoic conservatives are resistant to change and that the open-minded liberals are smarter for embracing so many different points of view.  I think conservative stoicism on some issues is just being too cautious sometimes for whatever reason and I think a broad acceptance of everything is just indecisiveness sometimes. 

I don’t know who’s smarter and I don’t care:  whose ideas are better for the future of America is a more important point.  Why does a movement or an ideal have to be so complicated that only our best and brightest can understand it?  Isn’t that anti-populist, hence elitist?  This study tries to discriminate for a cheap political swipe at conservatives.  I think the case can be made that both sides, in fact, do very stupid things:  not being able to punch through a chad or knowing which day is election day while thinking that running a campaign like 1972 is going to win in any year versus thinking for about three full years that Saddam’s Iraq attacked the Towers while being a party in power who won an historic election in 2004 and blowing nearly all of their momentum in about six months.  Liberals can’t seem to figure out that America likes winning (it’s actually not that complicated), and conservatives can’t make the much needed social security reform or tax reform simple and easy enough for more than 5% of the population to fully understand.  I know these are broad generalizations and that both sides have brilliant and dimwitted people in them.  Yet, I’d much rather clarity and being real over complex and shifty– at least you know what you’re getting.

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John Batchelor On Loftus Report

Posted by Mike on September 17, 2007

John Batchelor will be the guest on tomorrow night’s Loftus Report for the full hour. If you miss tomorrow’s show, you will still be able to listen via Loftus’s archive section.

For the record, I will announce all appearances that Batchelor makes on any program until he is back on the air, though I don’t think it will be very long for that to happen.  No one delivered more informative programming on the War on Terror and the Middle East than John Batchelor.  WABC’s loss will be someone else’s gain.

Thank you to the Loftus Report for the head’s up.

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MSM’s Simplistic Gameplan Against Fred Thompson

Posted by Mike on September 17, 2007

The liberal media does not have a deep playbook. History shows that whenever the MSM is determined to undermine a national Republican figure, they either try to label that person as “mean and/or crazy” (Richard Nixon, Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole) or “stupid and/or lazy” (Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush). Taking a quick look at history should tell us more than enough about the relative effectiveness of these two strategies. Although it is possible for the “mean” Republicans to succeed, it is much easier for Republicans with national ambitions to win elections if the media tries to convince people that the candidate is stupid and/or lazy.

If early coverage of the 2008 election is any indication, Fred Thompson will be a formidable candidate. The media has been using the lazy angle in their coverage against the former Tennessee Senator for quite some time. Now that Thompson has declared his candidacy, it was only a matter of time before the “stupid” angle to appear. Well the time is now. Politico has decided to implement the bedrock of the stupid prong of the liberal media’s second approach: Fred Thompson is uninterested in policy details.

If you think this coverage is nauseating, just wait until Thompson outlines a low-tax policy; not that the coverage would make any sense. I would argue that it’s more simple-minded to support high-tax policies that have failed every time and everywhere they’ve been tried. But then again, so has the “stupid and lazy” angle. Keep it coming Politico.

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