Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Intelligence Is Overrated

While watching Sean Hannity interview Newt Gingrich last night, I got to thinking about their respective IQ’s.  If I had to guess, I’d peg Newt’s at about 125, with Sean’s coming in at a robust 89.  In some fields of endeavor, this disparity might be significant, but we’re talking about Republican propagandists here.  Styles and vocabularies will vary, but the key to their rhetorical success is always quantity, not quality.

Though outwardly dissimilar, Hannity and Gingrich are extremely effective at doing exactly the same thing.  In the space of about thirty seconds, they both can level a dozen scary-sounding charges against any Democrat who’s ever drawn a breath.  It’s quite amazing to see, and it illustrates the first commandment for media Republicans: Never linger over any particular slander long enough for people to wonder if what you’re saying even makes sense.  (Sense is for elitists, anyway.)

Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich might be several quintiles apart on the Republican bell curve, but in their world, that’s a distinction without a difference.  Neither of them are interested in advancing a serious argument.

An analogy: If I jumped into a pool of molasses with Michael Phelps, I could swim just as fast as he could.  Neither of us would be going anywhere.

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