Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Who's the Brainiac?

"Ever heard of Plato? Aristotle? Socrates? Morons." That line comes from The Princess Bride but one could easily picture John Kerry uttering those words.

For four years now, we've been hearing Democrats in all walks of life mocking the President for syntax errors. Liberal pundits and most reporters would have you believe that the current occupant of the White House is barely brighter than a pet rock while the challenger from Massachusettes could challenge Galileo in terms of intellect. We've heard this so often that it's basically accepted in our nation, even amongst Bush supporters, that John Kerry is far more intelligent than George W. Bush.

But what real proof is there to support this notion? The answer is none. In fact, the only real, hard evidence that is out there points to Bush as the smarter of the two candidates. This topic has been discussed by Steve Sailer, a columnist for VDARE.com.

It's been well-documented that George W. Bush had a C+ average in his days at Yale. We also know that Mr. Bush scored a 1206 (before re-centering) on his SATs. In contrast, we do not know anything about John Kerry's SATs or college grades because he has not released that information. We do know that Mr. Kerry did not graduate from Yale with honors.

At the age of 22, both men took the IQ-type tests that are reqiured for officer candidates in the military. Since they were in different branches of the military, the tests aren't entirely comparable. However, it is worth noting that the supposed genius that is John Kerry scored in the 50th percentile on this test. He was entirely average. In contrast, the supposedly bumbling George Bush scored higher than 2/3 of the applicants on his test. Because of these test results, Mr. Sailer estimates that John Kerry's IQ is right around 120 while President Bush's IQ is probably in the mid to high 120's. So basically, neither one is an automatic qualifier for Mensa. But, if anyone has the intellectual edge, it is most likely President Bush.

Why am I bringing this up? Merely to dispel a myth. I do not believe that IQ and raw intelligence are particularly important requirements for holding the highest office in the land. However, liberals and media elites do believe that intellectual prowess is the be all and end all of personality traits. And, I am sick and tired of this ridiculous notion that Republicans are by and large dumber than Democrats.