Larry Elder

"I can't believe I'm losing to this idiot," said presidential candidate John Kerry when he learned he was losing in the polls.

This statement shows why Kerry got wiped out during the latest election.

Most Americans do not find the president stupid. The "West Wing's" Martin Sheen, after the 2000 election, pronounced the president "a moron." Teresa Heinz Kerry called anyone who disagreed with her husband's health care plan "idiots." "The Boondocks" cartoonist Aaron McGruder called the president "functionally illiterate."

About the president's intelligence, The New York Times wrote an article suggesting that Bush scored higher on his military intelligence tests than did John Kerry. When Tom Brokaw asked Kerry about this, Kerry replied that "he must have been drinking the night before" he took the test. See, the only way Bush outscores Kerry is if Kerry is drunk. Note that for Kerry, he'd rather admit drinking the night before an important military aptitude test than to rethink his position about the president's intelligence.

Actor Danny Glover, on a promotional tour in Brazil, called the president "racist." Said Glover, "Yes, he's racist. . . . We all knew that but the world is only finding it out now." Yet this "racist" president increased his percentage of the black vote from approximately 8 percent to about 11 percent -- still small, but this represents a 37 percent increase.

The punditry's conventional wisdom now calls the election a referendum on "moral values." Dan Rather, on "60 Minutes Wednesday," attributed Bush's election victory to moral values. CBS.com said, "Although Mr. Bush's victory was close, our exit polls told a different story -- a country profoundly split on the issues voters considered most important." Most? Most means more than half. Voters mainly focused on four issues: moral values (22 percent), economy/jobs (20 percent), terrorism (19 percent), Iraq (15 percent). White House senior adviser Karl Rove said, "Sixteen percent traditionally consider moral issues or values to be the No. 1 issue in a campaign, this year it was 22 percent. That's a pretty significant jump." But while many voters listed moral values as the top concern, 78 percent of voters listed something other than moral values.


Larry Elder

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