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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Frying eggheads on a hot stove -- By Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times

President Barack Obama stands with volunteers preparing lunches as he speaks to reporters during a visit to Martha's Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Speaking there Obama said that if Republicans can't resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, quote, "we stand a good chance of defaulting."  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Why are intellectuals, sometimes the most intelligent among us, so dumb?

This is the question that confounds everyone; some intellectuals most of all. The late William F. Buckley Jr., a certified egghead, once said he would rather be governed by the first 50 names in the Boston telephone book than by the professors at Harvard. Another wit observes that an intellectual is someone who so prefers theory over experience that he would sit down on a red-hot stove, twice. You can be too smart for your own good, and have the blisters on your bottom to prove it.

The intellectual romance with the clever Barack Obama continues. Having invested so much in candy and flowers, they must ignore all the evidence of being dumped. His cultivated demeanor and carefully applied patina of synthetic sophistication, fraudulent as it may be, is what attracted the adoration of intellectuals from across the political spectrum in 2008, says Charles Murray, the social scientist and an intellectual with impressive books, studies and learned papers. He admits that he's a dumpee. "It's kind of embarrassing to admit it," he tells an interviewer for the website Daily Caller, "but I responded in part to his rhetoric because he talks just like me.

"It's his whole way of presentation of self ... of a little self-deprecation in the argument and picking out a nuance here, which is all the ways that we overeducated people have been socialized in the same way. It's the way we carry on discourse. Along with [seeing] what was a very engaging personality, I kind of ignored things which ... a lot of working-class people glommed onto right away."

Working-class stiffs, the people an earlier generation of political scientists called "Joe Sixpack," having earned their blisters and calluses by heavy lifting, are too smart to take a seat on the red-hot stove even once. Having been to some big towns and heard some big talk, they were too smart by miles to be taken in by a smooth-talking butter and egg man from Chicago.

"It's not that I think he is not a patriot," says Mr. Murray, "but remember the line, he said, 'You didn't build that.' No American is going to think you can say that, no matter what your political views are, because it's just disastrous to say that. He is clueless about this country in some profoundly disturbing ways."

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