Over 20 years, an industry arose to cater to the smug style. It began in humor, and culminated for a time in The Daily Show, a program that more than any other thing advanced the idea that liberal orthodoxy was a kind of educated savvy and that its opponents were, before anything else, stupid.
The smug liberal found relief in ridiculing them.
Nothing is more confounding to the smug style than the fact that the average Republican is better educated and has a higher IQ than the average Democrat. That for every overpowered study finding superior liberal open-mindedness and intellect and knowledge, there is one to suggest that Republicans have the better of these qualities.
Most damning, perhaps, to the fancy liberal self-conception: Republicans score higher in susceptibility to persuasion. They are willing to change their minds more often.
"ISIL has been I think a galvanizing threat around the Sunni partners in the region. They view it as an existential threat to them. Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria."
-Barack Obama's White House, September 10, 2014
No True Scotsman Watches Jimmy Kimmel...
"It just so happens that almost every talk show host is a liberal and that's because it requires a level of intelligence."
Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson
Fears Guam Will Tip Over and Capsize
"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize." -Democrat ("The Party of Science") Congressman Hank Johnson
Democrat, Liberal, Funny, Oops, Law
Dick Morris points out a little-known embarrassment about Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was a star law student at Yale. "She flunked the D.C. bar exam and only passed the Arkansas bar," he wrote. It's true. In his biography of Hillary Clinton, former Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein notes that in the summer of 1973, 817 people took the Washington, D.C., bar exam; 551 of them passed. Hillary Rodham was not one of them.
Democrat, Liberal, Crime, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Immigration
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that he does not “classify” illegal immigrants as criminals, although he admits “it’s obvious that they broke the laws and did things that were criminal and they shouldn’t.”
MSNBC Needs Remedial
Liberals having a bit of trouble with sciencey stuff.
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Economy, Jobs
If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida — if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else. And we’ll lose jobs. -President Barack Obama
Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Funny, Oops, Press
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That's a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe's pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million.
Democrat Henry Waxman:
The North Pole is Evaporating
"There’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap."... Thanks to The Party of Science for weighing in.
There is a smug style in American liberalism. It has been growing these past decades. It is a way of conducting politics, predicated on the belief that American life is not divided by moral difference or policy divergence — not really —but by the failure of half the country to know what's good for them.
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Funny, Oops, Regulation
New York's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger. “[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program...
Democrat, Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Immigration
“A smart fence, which is what Senator McCain and I want to build--since he’s from Arizona, I think he knows more about this than the Senator from South Dakota who only has a border with Canada and that is quite different,” Landrieu said. South Dakota does not share a border with Canada. It does, however, share borders with North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa.
Liberal, Character, Racism, Brilliance, Oops, Press, Diversity
During the Wednesday edition of his show Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who once called former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin “profoundly stupid,” appeared not to know that there are two current U.S. senators who are of African descent. “We don’t have any African Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace,” Matthews said before being corrected by a producer and one of his guests.
Nation Magazine Editor and Publisher
Why does Congress have debates about war, but no debates about peace?— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) February 12, 2015
Brilliance from The Nation.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops
“The funding source wants these results out. They’d rather have people not believe it’s real than be identified.” So there you have it. A four-year study sparked by the outcome of the recent election, from an institution that’s admittedly a fake, from a company that won’t identify itself, supposedly funded by a Republican PAC trying to “cut off” the Tea Party like a cancer, using a sample that was chosen with a particular result in mind, with a contact number that’s an anonymous free Google Voice number. -Charlie Martin
Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats.
On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”
Hypocrisy, Liberal, Hate, Character, Funny, Racism, Brilliance, Tolerance, Jobs, Diversity, Bigotry
Attorney Tim Larsen, a white man, claims Alvarez denied him a promotion based on his race, as evidenced by comments he made to Larsen to not be “so Anglo” and admitting he would have granted the promotion “if you had more melatonin in your skin,” according to court documents filed last month. The suit surmises that Alvarez actually was referring to “melanin,” a hormone that determines skin pigment.
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Brilliance, Economy, Elitism
President Bill Clinton at an Obama rally in Wisconsin, Oct 19th: "This shouldn't be a race. The only reason it is -- is because Americans are impatient, want things done day before yesterday, and they don't understand why the economy is not totally 'hunky-dory' now."
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Degeneracy, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Ignorance
Madonna asked everyone in the audience of her Washington, DC performance Monday night to vote for President Obama because he is a "black Muslim." "Y’all better vote for f**king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right?" the shouted from stage while sipping from a bottle of water with a straw. ""We have a black Muslim in the White House! Now that’s some amazing s**t.”
Liberal, Character, Brilliance, Oops, AntiAmerican, Protest, Ignorance
"I give respect to those people in Libya who shot that diplomat because at least somebody -- there's somebody not -- murder, it isn't the way to go. But Libya has just stood up and said that, 'We're not gonna these drones in our country anymore attacking our kids.'"
"My friends on the right don’t like to hear this, but the Constitution is not a clear document.
"Written 100 years ago, when America had thirteen states and very different problems, it rarely speaks directly to the questions we ask it."
-Ezra Klein, Washington Post, Dec 2010
Democrat, Funny, Brilliance, Oops
Pressed by Colbert what she would be free from, the black congresswoman responded, "Slavery." "Slavery. Really? I didn’t realize there was slavery in Brooklyn in 1898," Colbert responded, seemingly looking to give the lawmaker a chance to catch her error. "I’m pretty sure there was," Clarke responded. "It sounds like a horrible part of the United States that kept slavery going until 1898," the late-night comedian then quipped. Colbert pressed on, asking, "Who would be enslaving you in 1898 in New York?" At that point, Clarke responded, "The Dutch."
Liberal, Obama, Character, Brilliance, Oops, Drugs
Researchers found persistent users of the drug, who started smoking it at school, had lower IQ scores as adults. They were also significantly more likely to have attention and memory problems in later life, than their peers who abstained. Furthermore, those who started as teenagers and used it heavily, but quit as adults, did not regain their full mental powers, found academics at King’s College London and Duke University in the US.
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Oops, Education
This apparently is the only fail from the left in recent weeks: MoveOn.org couldn't differentiate between "then" and "than."
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops
Image of @barackobama’s semi-literate aerial banner
A finding in a study on the relationship between science literacy and political ideology surprised the Yale professor behind it: Tea party members know more science than non-tea partiers. "I’m a little embarrassed, but mainly, I’m just glad that I no longer hold this particular mistaken view.”
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops
Obama and pals spell out "OIHO".
Democrat, Liberal, Narrative, Oops
He double majored in history and political science and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1965, ranking 506th of 688 in his class.
Democrat, Character, Smears, Elitism
Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman, a Democrat from New York, reflects on his time in Congress... " Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true.
Democrat, Environmentalist, Liberal, Science, Brilliance, Oops, Experts
Gore’s transcript documents that during his sophomore year at Harvard he earned a "D" in Natural Sciences 6 (Man’s Place in Nature). Also, as a senior at Harvard, he earned a C-plus in Natural Sciences 118. Gore, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming.
Liberal, Brilliance, Narrative, Press, Elitism
The president of Estonia chewed out Paul Krugman on Wednesday, using Twitter to call the Nobel Prize-winning economist "smug, overbearing & patronizing," in response to a short post on Estonia's economic recovery... President Toomas Hendrik Ilves responded to Krugman in a series of outraged tweets, taking offense to Krugman's tone and writing that Krugman didn't know what he was talking about. "We're just dumb & silly East Europeans. Unenlightened. Someday we too will understand," he tweeted. "Guess a Nobel in trade means you can pontificate on fiscal matters & declare my country a "wasteland". Must be a Princeton vs Columbia thing."
Liberal, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Protest
Elsewhere at Occupy Portland: One of the leaders of tomorrow handcuffs his arm inside a barrel full of cement. He brags about how it’s impossible to remove him from the park where he’s squatting, and then he’s asked how he’s going to get his arm out: “Um… that’s… you know, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”
Liberal, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Education
Nielsen recently profiled the voter-age audience (18+) to see who was checking out which of the then-five presidential candidates. Surfers who land on the Drudge Report page were most likely to have a bachelor’s degree; more than double the percentage of all active college grad Internet users (36 percent vs. 17 percent).
Liberal, Funny, Narrative, Press
Despite winning three Pulitzer Prizes, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman bombed on Jeopardy! Friday. By the end of the show, he had amassed a pitiful $1,000 placing him third behind CNN’s Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.
The best defense I can muster for Team Obama's pathetic response to the events of the last month in Egypt is that the men and women in charge of American foreign policy simply don't mind looking foolish... Not only has the administration looked weak and unprepared, but it looks unintelligent, too... Finally, there is the sheer shame. As the administration dithers—and continues to send money to the people committing the actual violence—Egyptian state media is lashing out at America! -Isaac Chotiner, The New Republic
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Oops, Smears
On at least four occasions, MSNBC's Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin for how he felt she'd do if she were ever on the hit television game show Jeopardy!. In a delicious example of instant karma, the self-proclaimed brainiac got his chance to show America how smart he was in a special "Power Players" version of the show Monday, but came up quite short finishing dead last with the paltry sum of only $2,300.
Liberal, Character, Brilliance, Protest, Vandalism
Two Occupy Wall Street protesters were collared Thursday for vandalizing subways — a day after a local TV news station recorded the crime, cops said. Jeffrey Brewer, 34, and Aaron Minter, 40, spoke to NY1 News on Wednesday and allowed a news team to follow them as they placed decals on a subway car seats, cops said. The stickers read: “Priority Seating for the 1%.” After receiving a complaint about the underground shenannigans, police watched the news segment when it aired on TV, cops said.
Liberal, Hate, Incitement, Violence, Character
“Hey, save the oxygen for somebody whose brain can use it. Kill yourself.”
Editorial, Liberal, Character, Narrative, Smears
Politico editor John Harris--known to some for his tendentious questioning during a presidential debate which provoked Newt Gingrich's first of many attacks on liberally biased debate moderators--stepped forward yesterday to proudly proclaim that that it was his idea to create a story questioning the intelligence of the American electorate. As noted by Tim Graham here at NB, the piece was a perfect recapitulation of the rant made by former ABC anchor Peter Jennings following the 1994 election which saw the first installation of a Republican congress in decades. Instead of accusing his fellow Americans of having a "temper tantrum," Harris simply repeatedly called them "stupid," heavily emphasizing the word on four separate occasions.
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Oops
President Obama got a laugh out of a Maryland audience on Thursday when he mocked the Republican Party in a speech, comparing their skepticism of alternative energy to the “Flat Earth Society” in Christopher Columbus’ day and President Rutherford B. Hayes’ apparent dismissal of the telephone. But while Obama thinks the GOP is in need of a science lesson, he may need to bone up on history himself...
Liberal, Hate, Smears, Elitism, Stereotyping
New York Times columnist David Carr responds to Bill Maher implying Alabama and Kansas are not the "smart states." David Carr: "If it's Kansas, Missouri, no big deal. You know, that's the dance of the low-sloping foreheads. The middle places, right? [pause] Did I just say that aloud?"
Liberal, Hate, Character, Smears, Hollywood, Ignorance
"The reason a person is a conservative republican is because something is wrong with them. Again, that's science - that's neuroscience. You cannot be well adjusted, open-minded, pluralistic, enlightened and be a republican.
Democrat, Liberal, Hate, Character, Smears
Gore once accused his political enemies of possessing "an extra chromosome," a remark that infuriated the families of persons with Down Syndrome, which is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome.
President Obama seems incapable of going abroad without embarrassing himself. Via InstaPundit, we learn that when he was in the U.K., Obama couldn’t keep Chancellor George Osborne’s name straight. Obama repeatedly called him “Jeffrey.” -John Hinderaker, Our Dim-Witted President
Liberal, Crime, Violence, Funny, Elitism
According to the GOP chairman, Travis Horn, McCalley hurled obscenities at him before the assault. "He proceeded to say how he had a Ph.D., and he was smarter than me. I'm a stupid Republican."
Looking back over eighteen General Social Surveys since 1975, in every one those who wanted smaller government had significantly more education than the rest of the public, measured both by mean years of education (Figure 1) and by mean highest final educational degree.
Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage
Best of luck with that, sweetie.
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Financial, Funny, Brilliance
As the first former U.S. senator to be subpoenaed by Congress in more than a century, Jon Corzine testified Thursday about the “last chaotic days” of MF Global, the trading firm that declared bankruptcy under his watch. Corzine said he was “stunned” to learn that the firm could not locate hundreds of millions of dollars in client money in the days before the firm’s collapse, and said he had no idea where the money had gone.
Democrat, Liberal, Incompetence, Obama, Brilliance, Oops
Looks like someone in the White House press office needs to brush up on his or her U.S. geography. The press office issued credentials to those reporters and photojournalists who are covering the president’s trip this week to Washington state, California, and Colorado. The credential even provides a handy graphic highlighting (in white) which states the president will visit. The only problem? Wyoming is highlighted, not Colorado. To be fair, both states are rectangular, nearly identical in size, and stacked next to each other. But we doubt our third grade teachers would buy that!
Liberal, Hate, Union, Violence, Threats, Brilliance, Oops
A case of mistaken identity has entangled a small family-owned Des Moines company in union protests and led to a death threat.
Liberal, Brilliance, Oops, Economy
To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble. -Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Liberal, Brilliance
There was another revelation Tuesday that is likely to add to talk about the governor's accident _ Corzine's SUV was going 91 mph in a 65 mph zone just before the crash, according to state police. "He's a governor," Tim said. "He should have been showing us an example. I wear my seat belt all the time." The governor, in fact, has been a proponent of seat belt usage.
Democrat, Obama, Funny, Brilliance, Oops
On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes – and I see many of them in the audience here today...
Obama Thinks Austrian is a Language
What's Austrian for "Duh"?
Democrat, Funny, Brilliance
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'" Barack Obama's running mate recently told the "CBS Evening News." Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. There also was no television at the time.
(CNN) -- Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli -- the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army -- says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.
Liberal, Government, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Oops, Energy, Ignorance
“I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels,” she said at one point. Natural gas “is cheap, abundant and clean compared to fossil fuels,”
Faculty members in the audience also expressed sentiments that are best described as “unhinged.” One woman called conservatives “fascists” and suggested they were conducting a “race war.” Both assertions are absurd. The Republicans were attacked at the meeting specifically because they advocate limited government, whereas fascism is a form of extreme state control; you cannot simultaneously be a limited government advocate and a fascist.
Liberal, Brilliance, Oops, Economy
"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs."
Democrat, Environmentalist, Liberal, Funny, Science, Brilliance, Oops, Demagoguery
“We’re seeing the reality of a lot of the North Pole starting to evaporate, and we could get to a tipping point. Because if it evaporates to a certain point – they have lanes now where ships can go that couldn’t ever sail through before. And if it gets to a point where it evaporates too much, there’s a lot of tundra that’s being held down by that ice cap.”
Liberal, Funny, Brilliance, Immigration
"Dear Arizona: If you don't change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea," one person wrote on Twitter, according to the Daily News; another called Arizona Iced Tea "the drink of fascists." There is (at least) one problem with all that, however: Arizona Iced Tea is based in New York.
Democrat, Liberal, Obama, Narrative, Oops
Karl Rove once claimed that President George W. Bush read 95 books in a year as part of a bet. Apparently, President Obama is not as well read. Reporter Michael Powell to the Columbia Journalism Review: "I got talking to him about what he reads and was telling me about these different policy tomes. And I said, 'Well, yeah, but come on. I'm out here on the campaign trail with you, you're up even earlier than I am, and I've been carrying around this Philip Roth book with me for two months and I'm yet to even crack it.' He actually laughed at that point, and said, 'Yeah, you have very little chance to really read. I basically floss my teeth and watch Sports Center.'"
In actuality, Romney won Americans with college degrees 51%-49%, while Obama won those without college degrees 51%-49% and Americans with post-grad degrees 55%-45%. So, in other words, it’s a split. The most educated and least educated voters went for Obama while, contrary to the impression that chart would give you, the majority of Americans with college degrees went for Romney.
Democrat, Incompetence, Funny, Brilliance
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D., Tex.), while visiting Mars Pathfinder Mission Control Center, asked whether the Pathfinder had taken pictures of the American flag planted by Neil Armstrong in 1969.
Liberal, Funny, Science, Un, Brilliance, Crazy, AntiAmerican, Ignorance
The second project was as successful as the first. It was euphemistically entitled “Petition to Ban the Use of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO)” (translation water). It was designed to show that if official U.N. delegates could be duped by college students into banning water, that they could essentially fall for anything, including pseudo-scientific studies which claim to show that global warming is man-caused.
Democrat, Environmentalist, Warming, Liberal, Hate, Smears
Kerry apologized to a woman who said he called her a Neanderthal for not believing in global warming. The Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential candidate said he was referring generally to those who do not believe in global warming.
Liberal Virtue Signaling...
"Being 'pro-science' has become a bizarre cultural phenomenon in which liberals (and other members of the cultural elite) engage in public displays of self-reckoned intelligence as a kind of performance art, while demonstrating zero evidence to justify it."
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Education, Bush
WASHINGTON (USATODAY.com) — While the general impression during the 2004 presidential campaign was that Democrat John Kerry was the intellectual superior to President Bush, it turns out that their grades while undergraduate students at Yale were remarkably similar. In fact, Bush's were a tad higher. His four-year average was 77; Kerry's 76.
Liberal, Narrative, Oops, Education, Bush
Much was made during the past two presidential elections about President George W. Bush's mediocre grades at Yale. It now turns out that his 2004 opponent Sen. John Kerry had similar grades. The Boston Globe reports that Kerry's Yale transcript shows he had a cumulative score of 76. President Bush had a score of 77.
Liberal, Hate, Government, Oops, Press, Smears, Tolerance, Elitism, Ignorance
Schiller goes on to describe liberals as more intelligent and informed than conservatives. “In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives,” he said.
Liberal, Character, Degeneracy, Funny, Brilliance, Narrative, Theft
On today’s episode on finding solutions to poverty, Newsbusters noticed that Harris-Perry’s colleague Chris Hayes appeared in a quick video clip at the end of one segment holding up a handwritten sign with his answer: “Giving people money. It’s actually that easy.”
Yale Law professor Dan M. Kahan was conducting an analysis of the scientific comprehension of various political groups when he ran into a shocking discovery.