Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tony Blair: Idiot of the Day

Excerpt from Tony Blair's new book (prefaced by Time's editorial comment):

That old canard of the left about Bush’s intelligence is rebutted by one of the smartest political leaders around. Perhaps it’s time to let that one rest*.

"George Bush was straightforward and direct. The stupidest misconception was that he was stupid. He also had (has) great intuition. But his intuition was less—as in the case of Bill—about politics and more about what he thought was right or wrong. This wasn't expressed analytically or intellectually. It was just stated. ... I would be at a press conference with him, in the epicentre of those world-changing events, and I would think 'George, explain it; don't just say it." (p. 5)

"This was not because he wasn't smart; he was very smart. One of the most ludicrous caricatures of George is that he was a dumb idiot who stumbled into the presidency. No one stumbles into that job**."

Revisionist history can be an amusing read, but bullshit is still bullshit, and Bush continues to be an idiot.

Read more here.

* Some really do believe Bush 2 was and is intelligent. They also believe in unicorns.

** Having the Supreme Court "stumble" you in doesn't hurt.

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