Awesome, and notable because usually the guy is the most balanced, thoughtful person around. Not to say that this is not an objective, thoughtful statement:
Something I think most liberals don’t understand is exactly how stupid many conservative leaders are. There is, yes, a condescending tendency to believe that no smart person could be on the right ideologically at all. That’s dead wrong. Plenty of bright people on the right. But the way their movement works, intelligence or understanding of politics and policy has no meaningful role in advancement. If anything, there’s something of a negative correlation between knowing what you’re talking about and being able to get ahead in right-wing politics.
I totally agree, and was just expressing that sentiment to someone the other day. There are conservative thinkers (for whom I can respect, even though I may not agree with their ideas), and there are leaders of the Republican party (no respect).