kublaikahn wrote: TheFactor wrote:
Capitol A wrote:Wasn't my quote, so i don't know what the OW Holmes thing was about either.
Challenges in bold.
RE: factual inaccuracies, I'm not sure which statements you believe to be inaccurate, but even if there are inaccuracies, that doesn't make the entire post worthless. Nor does it completely negate the fact that there are some solid points present.
I mean did you read his post? He is trying to argue that someone who was the editor-in-chief of the Harvard Law Review, taught Constitutional Law at Chicago, and oh-by-the-way is the first black president in U.S. history, is not smart (or "brilliant"). If you can't see how silly of an argument that is, I don't know what to tell you.
Are smart and brilliant the same thing? Also are you smarter if you teach con law at chicago instead of say UIUC? Being elected to positions on journals and public office makes you brilliant? Does this mean GW Bush was brilliant?
I think there is a difference between a guy who got a job as a cancer researcher and the guy who developed a cure. It is not the title you hold, but your production that defines you. We know of Obama's titles, let's see the production.
No, smart and brilliant are probably not the same thing, but that's just an irrelevant semantics debate. Being elected as EIC of the Harvard Law Review does not "make you brilliant" - it is a result of being brilliant (or smart...whatever).
As far as Obama's production...You may not like what he's done while in office, but he's had one of the most legislatively productive two years in modern presidential history. I agree that there is a difference between a cancer researcher and the guy who developed a cancer cure, but that doesn't mean the run-of-the-mill cancer researcher isn't brilliant....just means he isn't the most brilliant...assuming (hypothetically, of course) that finding a cure for cancer is the result of a certain level of brilliance.
Like someone mentioned previously, Obama went from losing a House race to POTUS in less than ten years. He may not be the smartest guy in the world, but an accomplishment like that (his previous academic accomplishments notwithstanding) indicates a certain level of some type of brilliance.