Stupidity Of The Voters—Obama, Romney, And Kristol

Pundit and film critic James Bowman has been writing about politicians who believe in the stupidity of the American people. Of course, Obama is in that class, as was John Kerry and many Democrat elitists, but it`s not confined to one party. Bowman writes in his diary for February 24th

As for me, I think the jury is still out on just how stupid the American people are or aren’t, and even the election may not provide a final verdict. It may be that we are stupid enough to re-elect President Obama because we are incapable of seeing through his rhetorical legerdemain, or it may be that we see through it and resent being treated like fools but that we re-elect him anyway because of the unattractiveness of the alternative, or because the not-Obama also treats us like fools. On this subject, I like what Bill Kristol has to say, as reported by Jeffrey H. Anderson on The Weekly Standard blogs a propos of Governor Mitt Romney’s attacks on Senator Rick Santorum as someone who is supposedly not a fiscal conservative:

The Romney campaign often gives the impression that it thinks Republican primary voters are really stupid — and it doesn’t do a very good job of hiding its contempt. The Obama administration clearly thinks the American people are really stupid — and it doesn’t do a very good job of hiding its contempt. It would be nice if the Republican nominee could contrast his respect for the American people with the Obama administration’s contempt.

Nice, too, it would be if the GOP had the courage to nominate someone without this contempt so that at least we might have a better test case to determine just how stupid the American people are.

Well, fair enough, but if you want one man who`s not in position to criticize people for calling ordinary Republicans stupid, it`s Bill Kristol, the author of Y is for Yahoo, [Weekly Standard, April 10, 2006] a pro-amnesty, anti-immigration restrictionist piece in which he wrote

“How many Republicans will have the courage to stand up and prevent the yahoos from driving the party off a cliff?”