The Republicans are now the “How great is it to be stupid?” party. In perpetrating the idea that there’s no intellectual requirement for the office of the presidency, the right wing of the party offers a Farrelly Brothers “Dumb and Dumber” primary in which evolution is avant-garde.
Having grown up with a crush on William F. Buckley Jr. for his sesquipedalian facility, it’s hard for me to watch the right wing of the G.O.P. revel in anti-intellectualism and anti-science cant.
Perhaps better than I have or could, Maureen Dowd has captured the very raison d’ etre of Bull Moose conservatism: a determination to bestow upon American conservatism both a cerebrum and the moral courage to use it.