Here's a fun headline from Politico: Is Rick Perry Dumb? By the article's end, the answer seems to be no, not really (though the implication in the headline is meant to linger in readers' minds). But the type of intelligence he's credited with is rather suspect:
His policy focus as governor hasn’t been complex – it’s almost entirely jobs and business-focused – but that’s not where Perry’s mind is, say those who know him.My emphasis. Considering the state of the US economy, you might view Perry's actual laser-like focus on jobs and business as a feature, not a bug. But according to Jonathan Martin, what's really behind the "ferociously single-minded" governor is a strong desire to compete and win. How vulgar. Winning and "victory" are so pre-Hope-n-Change.
He’s a power politician and very canny one. And what seems to animate him is competition.
Important reminder from Russ Vaughn of the American Thinker: "The Air Force doesn't hire and train dummies to fly its planes."
As with fighter pilots, the United States Air Force does not entrust a very, very expensive aircraft and the lives of up to 64 highly-trained paratroopers to a moron. In fact, if anything, the Air Force places more trust in those who fly troops like me into high-risk combat situations, a fact for which I am eternally grateful. So, once again, I am forced to point out to those wussies on the left that morons do not become military pilots. In fact, acceptance into and completion of a military flight training program is de facto proof of higher intelligence and above average decision-making skills, Not only did Rick Perry show the Air Force he had the right stuff, he has continued to demonstrate it throughout his political career with the same kind of smart, calm decision-making that made him the trusted custodian of a plane full of paratroopers.A pilot's competence can be measured quite easily. The skills of a student with no transcripts, a community agitator, a law instructor, a do-nothing state senator, or a do-nothing US senator, are harder to evaluate. Has Obama ever succeeded at anything, besides getting elected?
Which brings us to that other Perry resume item, Governor of Texas. Who's smarter, the guy who has effectively run one of the US's largest states for ten years (though he's "not a thinker"), or the credentialed empty suit who is running the US economy over a cliff?
I'll stick with the "dumb" guy.
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