“Is it possible that American voters have learned something about the consequences of choosing an intellectually challenged chief executive on the basis of a beer test? […] The most active candidates for the presidential nomination in both parties over the past year cannot be accused of being dumb. […] Each of them pronounces the word “nuclear” correctly. It is a safe bet that all of them read newspapers and that none of them waits for a staff briefing each day in order to avoid being exposed to “opinions” from the outside world. It remains to be seen, as the campaign heats up and comes down to the final two, whether “elitism” will resurface as a political negative. One wonders whether any candidate, instead of trying to prove that he or she is just one of the folks, would dare to tell voters that what the nation needs not an ordinary but an extra ordinary president as president and that one crucial qualification for the nation’s highest office is the intellectual ability to distinguish, in times of crisis and on a daily basis,. between worthwhile and worthless opinions.”
– page 287. Emphasis added by me.
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