Bernie the Brainiac?

From ILANA MERCER’s article Schooling Beck On Trump’s Nullification Promise, this passage about Bernie Sanders being a ‘brainiac’ stood out:

…But face it; “tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev,” didn’t bring down the Soviet empire. Neither was Communist Russia crushed by Reagan’s exorbitant “Star Wars fantasy of space-based missile defense.” Rather, Communist Russia collapsed under the weight of a centrally planned economy (the kind Brainiac Bernie Sanders and his supporters are eager to usher in).

But is senile, wealth spreader Bernie a ‘brainiac’? The evidence suggests ol’ Bernie is no smarter than Obama, which isn’t a very high bar to begin with.

Liberals have mostly succeeded in brainwashing the general public, pundits, and the media into believing their politicians are smarter, more intellectual than conservatives. However, Tevi Troy, in an article Philosophical Pragmatist in Chief?, argues that supposed intellectual superiority of liberal politicians may be mostly a myth:

Barack Obama is hardly the first liberal politician with an impressive academic pedigree to be celebrated as a savant. Michael Barone pointed out that Adlai Stevenson, the original “egghead,” died with only one book on his bedside table—the Social Register.

He died with only a single book in his possession, hardly the makings of an intellectual.

And what about the great wealth spreader in chief himself?

One way to discover that Obama is not the great intellectual Kloppenberg hypes is from the information the White House occasionally releases concerning the president’s reading habits. His reading periods appear to center around his vacations; he apparently does not read very much when not on holiday. In a conversation with the New York Times’s Michael Powell, he acknowledged that one of the challenges of the presidency is that “you have very little chance to really read. I basically floss my teeth and watch SportsCenter.” For example, the New York Times’s Peter Baker reported in early October 2010 that Obama was “seeking guidance” from reading “presidential biographies,” including Taylor Branch’s book,The Clinton Tapes. On December 25, more than two months later, the Washington Post also reported that Obama was reading the Branch book, which suggests that the very busy president is understandably taking a while to get through its 720 pages. Understandable, in any event, for a politician, although perhaps not for a celebrated intellectual.

In other words, when Obama does read, he’s a slow reader.

On the other hand, George W. Bush is a voracious reader, going through as many as 100 books a year:

There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one. Like so many caricatures of the past eight years, this one is not only wrong, but also the opposite of the truth and evidence that bitterness can devour a small-minded critic. Mr. Bush loves books, learns from them, and is intellectually engaged by them.

Contrast that to Obama who can barely get through a single book a year. It’s Obama who is an amiable dunce, not Bush.

Back to Sanders, if you read his Wikipedia profile, nothing about his formative years stands out. He finished college at the age of 23; it’s not like he was a prodigy or anything remarkable. Some his tweets suggest a fundamental misunderstanding of issues, owing to his senility and or lack of intellect necessary to grasp the abstractions of complicated issues. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, is much smarter, and in senescence is still sharp.

Here some Tweets that show Bernie may be cognitively unfit for command. First, confusing Islam as a race instead of a religion:

Second, not being aware that gun trafficking federal laws already exist:

And is Bernie not aware that there is an obesity crisis in America, preeminently among low income families:

Senile Sanders…it has a nice ring to it. Putting someone this inept in such a high office could be a national security risk.