Q&A Friday #20: Why Do The Democrats Think Karl Rove Is An Ultra-Genius?
Question: “Mr. Hawkins, my question pertains to Karl Rove. From reading various liberals’ posts it is clear to see that they view Mr. Rove as a puppet-master, an evil genius and the real power behind the throne. I feel that they give him a bit much in the way of credit but that’s just my opinion. In fact, I really don’t know that much about the man other than the facts that he is President Bush’s top advisor and personal friend.
So, my question is: Is there anything about Karl Rove’s past, such as school records or being a member of Mensa, that would indicate that he is, indeed, a genius?” — Good_Ol_Boy
Answer: Although Karl Rove is a sharp guy, the real reason they’ve built Karl Rove up into this super-genius is because they can’t bear that they’re wrong about Bush.
See, they portrayed Bush — just as they did Reagan and Quayle — as this incredible moron. Bush? He’s so stupid he can barely tie his own shoes! Come on, Bush? His IQ is lower than the score Tiger Woods racks up playing 18 holes of golf. Plus, he looks like a chimp! Oh, and he’s religious! Don’t forget that he can barely put a sentence together. Yep, Bush is a total, moronic, Chimpy loser!
The problem with that belief is that Chimpy McBushHitler keeps outmaneuvering the Democrats. He beat Gore and Kerry. The GOP has a firm hold on the Senate and Congress. The Democrats couldn’t stop W. from going to war in Iraq.
Politics is always a, “win some, lose some,” proposition, but Bush has won a lot more of the big battles with the Democrats than he has lost.
This leads to what we used to refer to in psych class as cognitive dissonance:
“According to cognitive dissonance theory, there is a tendency for individuals to seek consistency among their cognitions (i.e., beliefs, opinions). When there is an inconsistency between attitudes or behaviors (dissonance), something must change to eliminate the dissonance. In the case of a discrepancy between attitudes and behavior, it is most likely that the attitude will change to accommodate the behavior.”
The way the Democrats reconcile the idea that they think Bush is a drooling idiot with the fact that he keeps outsmarting them is by building Karl Rove up into this super puppet-master who’s pulling all the strings to make Bush look good and the Dems look bad.
Rove is smart, but he’s not that smart. As a matter of fact, nobody is that smart…