A fellow named Nassim Nicholas Taleb, brought to our attention by Newt Gingrich, has coined the term "Intellectual Yet Idiots (IYI)." "The IYI seems ubiquitous in our lives but is still a small minority and is rarely seen outside specialized outlets, think tanks, the media, and universities …" The thing they have in common is that they are liberals and, almost by definition, have limited contact with real people in the real world. The article punctures their pomposity in grand form, but I would like to expand the definition. Perhaps it is unfair to do so, because other than their customary Ivy League educations, liberal politicians are not known for being intellectuals and frequently prove that High Intelligence is not a requirement for High Office. But neither is high intelligence the characteristic of an idiot, so I believe the definition fits, and yet there are still more.
There is not a day that goes by that I do not receive at least one solicitation from either the NRCC or NRSC-- the National Republican Congressional or Senatorial Campaign – wanting money to help them "keep control of the House/Senate" or "counter Hillary's radical agenda." Now I certainly agree with those sentiments, and I understand the initial effort to concentrate on the "down ticket" races when we were all [unduly, it turns out] worried that Mr. Trump might have a devastating effect on Republicans in those races. We even advise our candidates to run their own races and not to comment on others. So what kind of an idiot Republican candidate goes out of their way to loudly and publicly denounce Mr. Trump at the top of the ticket? If they are worried about Mr. Trump's effect on the down ticket, should they not at minimum simply keep quiet about him? Idiots!
Moreover, from the other side of the campaigns, by no means a well-defined group and certainly not containing many who would lay claim to the label of "intellectual" (while saying nothing about their intelligence or even common sense), are everyday voters who have allowed themselves to be treated as idiots. That is, they have once again allowed the media and the Democrats (to the degree there is a distinction) to define our candidate in "deplorable" terms and trick us into voting against our own candidate! Idiots! By now we should know this trick backwards and forwards, and when a Democrat starts to tell us what the Republican will do in office or even the "meaning" of what they said, we should simply assume they are lying. It must be so, because they cannot possibly know. If you want to know what a Republican wants to do in office, ASK. Then vote for them, regardless of the answer! No point in asking the Democrat, they are inclined to lie but are usually too busy tearing down the Republican. Most of us cannot get into the IYI "club" at all, so we should not be trying to prove our idiot credentials by letting them tell us for whom to vote.