March 16, 2012
The Difference Between Smart and Smartass

From Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

In his mind, of course, the best proof of that rampant stupidity is the failure of Newtís party, opponents and the country at large to ask him to save the country. If you fail to recognize the frankly astonishing, the profoundly fundamental and the fundamentally profound transformational genius contained in the skull of Newton Leroy Gingrich, well then, you must be stupid.

On the other hand, wouldnít a smart person understand that you donít win friends and support by going around and treating everyone else in the world as stupid? Isnít that pretty basic stuff? I donít recall Ronald Reagan, for example, lecturing people on how stupid they must be not to appreciate him.

In fact, most of us learn that lesson no later than the third grade. If at the age of 68 youíre still making that mistake and still wondering why people donít like you, then no, youíre not very smart after all.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 16, 2012 11:36 AM
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Ah, Jerry, being an intelligent person, you still seem to underestimate just *how* stupid people can be ...

Posted by: Peter on March 16, 2012 1:46 PM
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