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Crazy Smart?
I noticed the other day that Drump insult-tweeted fellow millionaire Mark Cuban. “He is not smart enough to be president” according to our president. Our leader has also informed us on many occasions that he, conversely, is very, very smart.

I don’t want to get into a discussion here of whether Drump is a pathological liar. We cannot deny, though, that an alarming number of his declarations of fact turn out to be untrue. Let’s just say that he is not a reliable source of information on any subject, including comparative intelligence. But that’s not what I want to discuss either. Instead, I want to focus on a disturbing dimension to his chronic inaccuracy. I see it mostly in comments like the one about Cuban. To my eye, there is a maniacal symmetry to these attacks.

Let me give an example. Drump repeatedly refers to Ted Cruz as “Lyin’ Ted.” Now, I’m not here to defend Ted, who does have some genuine issues with credibility, but it struck me when I first heard this that it might be an instance of the pot calling the kettle a bullshit artist. Our president does, as we have said, score quite high on the frequency of untruth scale — much higher than Ted Cruz. An impartial observer might well conclude that The Donald deserves the nickname more than The Ted. The mirror-image symmetry is striking. Accuse your opponent of the very thing you are guilty of. I know you are, but what am I?

And then there’s the “Crooked Hillary” meme. Drump promoted it relentlessly during the campaign in spite of the fact she’s never been accused of rape by her mate. Nor has she stiffed thousands of workers while skimming off profits for herself. Or ripped off customers on a Hillary University scam. Or broken the law by refusing to rent to black people. Or been fined for anti-trust violations. Or been accused of sexual assault by multiple victims. And despite walking very close to the line, she has never used her charity as a personal ATM…the way Drump has. Can we bring in our impartial observer again and ask him, who is the crooked one here?

Even his cracks about “low-energy” Jeb Bush might fit this pattern of symmetry. One could surmise, based on outward appearances, that Drump is lazy, incurious, incompetent, and willfully ignorant. He doesn’t attend briefings or read about policy or burn the midnight oil over anything other than insults and braggadocio. Aren’t these the hallmarks of a low-energy persona? It’s right there in the cracked mirror, Donald.

And so on. He decries fake news while making it in the very same breath. He loves leakers but hates to be leaked on. He drains the swamp by filling it up. And everything his opponents touch is a “disaster.” Has he been reading the news about the insane asylum he's running in the White House?

One might argue from all this that he, more so than Mark Cuban, is the one who is not smart enough to be president. We see the evidence every day in the media. He doesn’t know what he’s doing, and none of his hand-picked people do either. In this case, however, I must defend our president. He may not be very, very smart, but he is probably smart enough. The problem, however, is that he’s also a crooked, low-energy charlatan who knows you are...but what is he?

Crazy is scary no matter how smart you are.

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