It’s not just in India

Mike Huckabee is a potential Republican nominee for the US presidential elections next November. “Who’s your favorite author?” asked 7-year old Aleya Deatsch. Huckabee said it was Dr Seuss. That surprised her because she thought that someone grownup should be reading at a higher level. Her favorite author she admitted was C. S. Lewis.

Huckabee is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, evidently. Here’s what he said on record: “I think we ought to be out there talking about ways to reduce energy consumption and waste. And we ought to declare that we will be free of energy consumption in this country within a decade, bold as that is.” [Via Cosmic Variance.]

Perhaps he meant “free of energy waste”. But who knows. Perhaps he is not stupid, only plays stupid so that he can win the approval of the majority of the Republicans. I am told that Lallu Prasad Yadav is a very sharp guy but likes to play the simpleton to appeal to his voter base.

My working hypothesis is that politicians are really reflections of the general characteristic of the population. It is only rarely through some historical accident that someone who is un-representative of the population leads the nation out of its predictable path. In general, leadership is endogenous. It is a depressing hypothesis.

Author: Atanu Dey

Economist.

4 thoughts on “It’s not just in India”

  1. I agree, but that is how the world runs!

    There is this quote, I think by Jon Stewart, that goes as “You voted for Bush because you wanted someone like you as president. I would never want a president like me. My president should be much more smarter than me!”

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  2. You are too kind… the Huckabee quote you mention is one of his less stupid gems. He has openly said that he doesn’t believe in evolution and one only shudders at what his thoughts are about the second coming of Christ and the apocalypse. Two other Republicans who raised their hand to the question ‘who amongst you does NOT believe in the theory of evolution’ question have since dropped out of the race. One of his strongest supporters is Tim LaHaye the author of the “Left Behind Series” which are novels based on the almost porn-like story of wrath, gore and conquest outlined in “revelations” chapter of the new testament.

    My greater fear about Huckabee is that he is “God nutter” of a degree higher than Bush never was. My greatest fear is that the American people will first elect his as the Republican nominee and then elect his just as they did Bush.

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