Asks CNN\'s Jack Cafferty, and it is a legitimate question!
U.S. allergic to brains in presidential politics?
FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:
In an election where the Republican candidate actually stands a chance against a weakened incumbent president, so far, a couple of intellectual lightweights are stealing the show.
Since Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll and Rick Perry entered the race, these two have been sucking up most of the media’s attention for saying stupid things: Like Bachmann’s claim that as president she would bring gasoline down to $2 a gallon, or Perry’s highly inappropriate shot at Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke – saying his actions could be “treasonous.”
Meanwhile, some Republicans, including Karl Rove, suggest that the former half-term dropout governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, will join the race as well. Swell.
Palin’s people are pushing back against the speculation, saying that anyone who claims to know about her plans is misleading the American people. But Palin has certainly been acting like a candidate, what with that visit to Iowa during the straw poll and an Iowa-themed political video ahead of her Labor Day speech in Iowa.
If Palin runs, we’ll have another Mensa candidate to join Bachmann and Perry. There’s no doubt these three would consume the lion’s share of the media coverage.
At the other end of the intellectual spectrum, there’s Ron Paul, who placed a close second in the Iowa straw poll. He continues to talk sense – whether or not enough people are listening. And there’s Newt Gingrich – love him or hate him, he’s a very smart guy.
There’s also Jon Huntsman, who says candidates like Bachmann and Perry are too far to the right and have “zero substance.”
He may be right, but I venture to say none of those three has a prayer against Curly, Moe and Larry.
And that’s a sad commentary on the state of our politics.