In a country of such high intellect, how’d we get Palin?

Tennessean
by Saritha Prabhu

10/13/08

The United States has the best institutions of higher learning in the world, has made the most advances in science and technology, attracts the best and brightest from all over, has the best publications and books, the best movies, and I could go on and on. All this progress wasn’t effected by Joe Six-packs, but by brainiacs in every field who moved the intellectual goal posts further and further. And yet, the political discourse of recent years indicates that voters of different stripes seem to prefer in their leaders common-man cred over book knowledge, thought and analysis. It doesn’t make sense to someone like me. I have more than a dozen members of my immediate and extended family in the United States. My relatives aren’t here for freedom or democracy (we have that at home), but to pursue higher learning, go the furthest in their respective fields and realize the American dream in the process...

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The return of Rove

Rolling Stone
by Matt Taibbi

10/16/08

Wayne Slater has known Karl Rove for 20 years. As the author of Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, he’s not easily shocked by the Republican strategist’s Gila-monstroid tactics. But even he’s been blown away by Rove’s latest political comeback. At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Slater watched Rove address a delegation from South Carolina on John McCain’s behalf. That would be the same South Carolina where Rove helped torpedo McCain’s campaign in 2000 by reportedly spreading rumors that the candidate’s adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually his illegitimate black love child. Addressing the convention delegates, though, Rove acted like McCain’s long-lost friend...

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