March 03, 2011
The Sage of Oklahoma

For the rest of the story, as the late and unlamented Paul Harvey used to say, go here.

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn expressed doubt Wednesday that likely Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has what it takes to be president. “He is undoubtedly the smartest man I’ve ever met,” Coburn said of the former Speaker of the House in an interview with C-SPAN. “He is a thinker. He has great vision. The question to me is, does he have the capability to lead the country? And having served under him in the House, he is probably not one that I would choose to support in a presidential primary.”

When you think about all the people Coburn must have met in the course of his life, you have to conclude that he wouldn’t recognize smart if it came up and bit him in the ass.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 03, 2011 10:39 AM
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To the republican brain, a vain, venal and vapid persona IS intelligence.

Posted by: ErgoDan on March 3, 2011 1:17 PM

If I had ever met Senator Coburn he would have been the smartest man I ever met because he is a doctor and doctors are really really really smart. Like Rand Paul and especially Bill Frist, who was so awesome he could diagnose Terri Schiavo without ever even seeing her, just by looking at a video.

And the thing is all three got elected to the senate and senators are really really smart too and when you are both of those things at once you must be really really really really REALLY smart. Boy do I wish I was as smart as a senator-doctor because then I could be king of the whole world and have blueberry pancakes for breakfast every day.

Posted by: Aitch Jay on March 3, 2011 8:04 PM

This is the man who explains the differences between men and women by explaining that men are "piglets" who are "biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes" whereas women "get infections" and "don't have upper body strength."
http://www.rusbasan.com/Humor/Newt.html

They call this smart?

If the dumb hath lost its dumbness, wherewith shall it be dumbed down? Only Sarah Palin holds the answer...

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on March 3, 2011 10:43 PM

Ha - The comments above are great! I wouldn't say Newt isn't smart. He got where he got somehow. That said, at least Coburn recognizes that Newt wouldn't make a good president.

Posted by: oldwhitelady on March 6, 2011 5:41 PM
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