Friday, February 25, 2005

Amen, Brother

Vodkapundit points out a fine column by Orin Judd on Tech Central Station about the relative stupidity of the two major political parties in the US:

If you're like me, you've long since grown tired of the idea that smart people do one thing or another, or believe one thing or another, and that dumb people do otherwise. Judging a person's intelligence via political litmus test is ignorant nonsense, but some of the smartest people I know still do it. One guy in particular that I'm thinking about is one of the sharpest minds I'll ever encounter, but he still carries these silly biases about political party and (hilariously, to me at least) what computer system a person embraces (he's one of the OG Mac-haters, which I think is just sad for someone who purports to be a logical guy). I guess it's a hard thing to stop doing even when you know it's dumb as hell.

Entire political parties, on the other hand, can be accurately characterized as stupid or out of it if they can't do simple things like find a candidate who can be George W. Bush, or hire a DNC chair who won't alienate the only reasonable people left in the party. The Democrats have decided, in the face of disastrous failure after disastrous failure, that they just didn't get their message out effectively, and that Howard Dean will somehow improve that transmission. Liberals had better hope this is one of those "so crazy it might just work" things. They have the crazy part right.

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