But I hold open the possibility that I'm wrong.
For the past 20+ years, al least, the media and many Democrat-partisans have prided themselves on their intellectual superiority. Ronald Reagan was an "amiable dunce." George W. Bush is just plain stupid.
For some reason that I'm sure is found in some elementary psychology book somewhere, this makes certain people feel better about themselves. Unfortunately its false solace. I've said before that President Bush (43) is smarter than 99.9 percent of the people who say he's a moron -- and I think that's accurate, give or take a tenth of a percent.
Every time Bush misspeaks or makes some other gaffe, it's not just fodder for the late-night comics, but also the more enlightened beltway media intelligentsia -- all of whom really know better.
Which is probably why this little bit of stupidity by John Edwards didn't get a lot of play over the weekend.
When an Iowa resident asked former senator John Edwards Thursday whether the United States should follow the Cuban healthcare model, the 2004 vice presidential contender deflected the question by saying he didn't know enough to answer the question.
"I'm going to be honest with you -- I don't know a lot about Cuba's healthcare system," Edwards, D-N.C., said at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. "Is it a government-run system?"
This ranks up there with Gerald Ford's contention that Eastern Europe wasn't under the domination of the Soviet Union during his 1976 debate with Jimmy Carter.
And the Democrats were just fine with Edwards being "one heartbeat" away from the presidency?