Another biting, and, condescending comment was delivered to supporters of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin Wednesday when CNN's Jack Cafferty blasted the "intellectual lightweights" leading the GOP presidential field, wondering why their supporters "seem to be allergic to brains."
The CNN contributor labeled the candidates "Curly, Moe, and Larry" and sarcastically mocked Palin a "MENSA candidate." Below is a partial transcript and accompanying video:
In an election where the Republican candidate actually stands a chance against a weakened incumbent president, so far it is a couple of intellectual lightweights who are stealing the show.
Since Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll and Rick Perry entered the race, these two have been sucking up most of the media's attention, mostly for saying stupid stuff. Like Bachmann's claim that as president she'll bring gasoline down to $2 a gallon. Or Perry's highly inappropriate shot at Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke saying that his actions could be "treasonous."
Meanwhile, some Republicans, including Karl Rove, are suggesting that the former half-term dropout governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, is going to join the race as well. Swell. Palin's people are pushing back against the speculation, saying that anyone who claims to know about her plans is misleading the American people. But Palin has certainly been acting like a candidate, now hasn't she? Showing up in Iowa during the straw poll voting, and...Iowa-themed political video released ahead of her Labor Day speech which is also scheduled to take place in Iowa. If Palin runs, we'll have yet another MENSA candidate to join Bachmann and Perry. There is no doubt this three-some would consume the lion's share of the media coverage.
At the other end of the intellectual spectrum, there's Ron Paul, who placed a very close second in the Iowa straw poll. He continues to talk sense – whether or not enough people are listening. There's Newt Gingrich – love him or hate him, he's a very bright man. There's also Jon Huntsman, who says candidates like Bachmann and Perry are too far to the right and have "zero substance." Testimony to his intellect right there.
He may be right, but I venture to say none of the three has a prayer against Curly, Moe and Larry. And that's a sad commentary on the state of our politics, isn't it?
Here’s the question: When it comes to presidential politics, why does America seem to be allergic to brains?
Watch Cafferty's insults fly: