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veritas1 March 13th, 2015 5:48am

Sen. Tom Cotton, author of the Iran letter, believes that public office holders are of a "superior intelligence...shrewdness, cleverness, or perhaps even cunning" than "other kinds of human beings." Are you intellectually inferior to Tom Cotton?

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
03/15/15 10:12 am

I have no idea. I don't know his intellectual level. That said, I do think he's correct that most politicians are more shrewd & cunning (sociopathic?) than a lot of the population. That does tend to require some intelligence too. And? So what?

MisterE Conservistan
03/15/15 2:18 am

Everything except for the part about intelligence is true.

kris55 Alabama
03/13/15 10:00 pm

I suppose he went into politics bc after he mastered brain surgery and built a rocket that can reach other planets he realised he was bored and needed to stimulate his underused mind.

03/13/15 7:19 pm

He wasn't smart enough to not say something like that (being in public office and all), so I have to question his intelligence...

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/13/15 11:36 am

I really don't think so. I really don't think any average or better adult is.

cowboy Proud Father
03/13/15 9:20 am

No, but I want to be in politics because I am intellectually superior to most Americans.

TitaniumOreo Upstate New York
03/13/15 7:24 am

Conservatism is a mental disorder.

corino Utah
03/13/15 12:04 pm

Oh yeah lets accuse the opposition of having a medical condition they should be locked up for, to hell with free speech liberalism and democracy. "We have no King but Ceasar!"

03/13/15 7:10 am

I mean...that's kinda dumb af, but the part that makes me more upset is when he writes that everyone else lacks ambition. Because that's blatantly belittling people who put so much effort into building careers that aren't political.

03/13/15 6:28 am

No but I agree with his statement. The smartest should lead.

Wino I need a drink
03/13/15 7:21 am

Should but very rarely do.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
03/13/15 5:38 am

No. Therefore I should hold public office.

03/13/15 5:37 am

That's absurd. He's no better than anyone else, just more arrogant.

Ru12bseen Ignoring the Ignorant
03/13/15 5:17 am

To be fair (and note that I'm no fan of Cotton) he wrote that in a college thesis and then later (whether sincerely or not) laughed at himself and redacted the statement.

stickman46 NJ
03/13/15 4:48 am

He is an idiot and does not understand the law. All treaties must be approved by 2/3 of the Senate. Not ratified - not inforceable.

FATSHADOW Cyborg Gorilla
03/13/15 4:45 am

They are simply better liars...nothing more.

genuflect University of Minnesota
03/12/15 11:53 pm

So take that almost everyone who voted for Tom Cotton. With their selfishness, and their hedonism.

03/13/15 8:04 am

I most certainly did not vote for him and I think a lot of those who did are regretting that decision now.

03/12/15 11:41 pm

I hope not.

meaning Red Stick
03/12/15 11:04 pm

I mean strictly speaking, maybe. But what an asshatish thing to say

susanr Colorado
03/12/15 11:03 pm


firefly5 the verse
03/12/15 11:03 pm

Clearly inferior.

kermie gaytopia
03/12/15 10:53 pm

Lol no. I'm smart enough not to run for congress.

veritas1 Panda
03/12/15 10:56 pm

Lol. Silly kermie. You're not smarter because of that. As Cotton writes, "Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office."

You, a common lay person, can only

veritas1 Panda
03/12/15 10:57 pm

engage with your "inflammatory passion and selfish interest." You're just not intelligent, ambitious, selfless, or cunning enough to do something valuable with your life like Cotton.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
03/12/15 11:23 pm

I mean if you're running against this guy, you just run an add with a black screen, no sound, and the text in white "Sen. Cotton believes inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterize you." Condescending to his electorate much?

kermie gaytopia
03/12/15 11:59 pm

Haha I mean what does he think ambition is if not inflammatory passion and self-interest?

chrismisen atlanta
03/12/15 10:52 pm

he went to harvard, so he's probably more intelligent than me

RoDe Latinus wordsus
03/12/15 11:23 pm

Do you assume that of all Harvard grads?

chrismisen atlanta
03/13/15 10:45 am

yup, obama included. if they went to harvard, they're probably smarter than me.

RoDe Latinus wordsus
03/13/15 11:50 am

Do you not even exclude legacies? If your relative went there, you can get in, and the rampant grade inflation they practice will ensure you graduate regardless of native intelligence or effort.

chrismisen atlanta
03/13/15 4:24 pm

no, not necessarily. that's why i add probably. i think it's fair to assume the majority of harvard graduates are more intelligent than me. there are exceptions, but i dont think that changes my statement.

Wert I am a frayed knot
03/12/15 10:51 pm

Wow. I smell a recall election coming on.

veritas1 Panda
03/12/15 10:54 pm

But...but he's just looking out for his constituents interests, which is why he voted against Hurricane Sandy relief funds: “I don’t think Arkansas needs to bail out the Northeast."
But I guess I'm not intellectually capable of rendering judgement.

corino Utah
03/13/15 12:09 pm

They have insurance in the Northeast, why do they need tax money?