Sunday, April 04, 2010

Another Way to Say "Intellectualoid"

Some of you are not old enough to recall that the term "Intellectualoid" was part of the title of a regular department at the American Spectator magazine ("Among the Intellectualoids").

Many of you are also not old enough to recall that the American Spectator magazine used to be about 18" x 12". I'll never forget sitting in an airport on a layover and pulling out my copy to read, and then noticing an older gent across the aisle, wearing a gray-wool overcoat and black Stetson, who give me a knowing glance, and pulled out HIS copy of the magazine to read.

We were among the very few, the counter-culture.


PowerLine has a slightly-longer formulation of the term: Marcel Proust once observed of guys like the president: "Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way."

In reference to Our President, B. Hussein Obama, the Garrulous.

(Caution: Reading Obama's yappaflappa at the link may cause traumatic sleep.)


J. Strupp said...

"Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way."

This might actually be a big deal if the solutions to our problems were simple.

Deekaman said...

No, it IS a big deal. If you can't say simple things in a simple way, you can't even begin to cover the complex.

J. Strupp said...

That makes no sense at all.

Nothing else to add.

Deekaman said...

Of course it doesn't.

Nothing else to add.

Dad29 said...

A 12.5 minute response to a complaint about high taxes is, simply, too much response.

A 340-word SENTENCE is ridiculous.

If he can't boil it down to 4-5 talking points, it tells me that he doesn't understand governance (nor teaching, for that matter.)

Deekaman said...

"Well, Dad...that just makes no sense at all".

Our friend is unable to figure out that pretty words do not necessarily make a coherent thought.

Grim said...

The real trick is saying a complex thing in a simple way. Reagan was good at that. Chesterton was.