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10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« on: May 25, 2012, 07:26:57 PM »
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10 Dumbest Members of Congress

A new study finds that Congress speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did seven years ago. Meet the 10 conservatives dragging down their collective intelligence.

The Sunlight Foundation just released the results of a study measuring the scholastic grade level of speeches made by members of Congress. The scale uses the Flesch-Kincaid test and is based on the length of words and sentences used. Among its findings are, “Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level.” The study further found that it is the “most extreme members” who speak at the lowest grade levels, as well as the most junior.

As you may remember, a major turning point in American politics was the 2010 election that saw a wave of new Tea Party Republicans elected to Congress. Of the 20 lowest scoring members, 17 were Republicans, and 12 of those are in their first term of office. You have to go down to 15th place before you find a Democrat.

There are varying perspectives from which to interpret this study. On the surface it could be viewed as evidence that the intellectual capacity of the Congress is declining, thanks to the new Tea Party members who speak in short bursts of small words. That would be consistent with their shallow grasp of most issues and their tendency to reduce every discussion to a battle between liberty and socialism (drilling everywhere = liberty; clean air = socialism).

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The ten dumbest members are:

1. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC:
2. Rob Woodall, R-GA:
3. Rand Paul, R-KY:
4. Sean Duffy, R-WI:
5. Tim Griffin, R-AR:
6. Todd Akin, R-MO
7. Vicky Hartzler, R-MO:
8. Tom Graves, R-GA:
9. David Schweikert, R-AZ:
10. Ron Johnson, R-WI:

Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/155545/10_Dumbest_Members_of_Congress/?page=1

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002728459

Clean air = socialism? Wow, you have a lot of nerve calling anyone dumb, after making that statement.

I would have thought that congressman island tipper would have scored the top spot.  :-)

I went to the link and let's just say that the source isn't exactly the most objective site I have ever seen. Basically this study was done by a DUmmy.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 07:30:55 PM »
These idiots cant help themselves.  Rand Paul, for one, is an accomplished physician.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 07:32:01 PM »
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I went to the link and let's just say that the source isn't exactly the most objective site I have ever seen. Basically this study was done by a DUmmy.

Yup. DR. Ron Johnson is one of the dumbest 10, but this flippin' genius is rated at above an 11th grade level!

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2012, 07:32:47 PM »
Ah, the need for liberals to believe themselves the most intelligent.  I like libs who do that; makes them easy prey.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2012, 07:33:07 PM »
These idiots cant help themselves.  Rand Paul, for one, is an accomplished physician.

They think that 0bama is a sooper genius.  
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2012, 07:36:18 PM »
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10 Dumbest Members of Congress

A new study finds that Congress speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did seven years ago. Meet the 10 conservatives dragging down their collective intelligence.

The Sunlight Foundation just released the results of a study measuring the scholastic grade level of speeches made by members of Congress. The scale uses the Flesch-Kincaid test and is based on the length of words and sentences used. Among its findings are, “Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level.” The study further found that it is the “most extreme members” who speak at the lowest grade levels, as well as the most junior.

As you may remember, a major turning point in American politics was the 2010 election that saw a wave of new Tea Party Republicans elected to Congress. Of the 20 lowest scoring members, 17 were Republicans, and 12 of those are in their first term of office. You have to go down to 15th place before you find a Democrat.

There are varying perspectives from which to interpret this study. On the surface it could be viewed as evidence that the intellectual capacity of the Congress is declining, thanks to the new Tea Party members who speak in short bursts of small words. That would be consistent with their shallow grasp of most issues and their tendency to reduce every discussion to a battle between liberty and socialism (drilling everywhere = liberty; clean air = socialism).

<snip>

The ten dumbest members are:

1. Mick Mulvaney, R-SC:
2. Rob Woodall, R-GA:
3. Rand Paul, R-KY:
4. Sean Duffy, R-WI:
5. Tim Griffin, R-AR:
6. Todd Akin, R-MO
7. Vicky Hartzler, R-MO:
8. Tom Graves, R-GA:
9. David Schweikert, R-AZ:
10. Ron Johnson, R-WI:

I've forgotten so maybe the DUmmie can help me. Which of those 10 thought that a higher population would cause an island to tip over and which one wondered if the MARS rover could see the flag that the astronauts left?
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2012, 08:01:33 PM »
Wow, how did I know an ass plunger from the DUmp would list all Republicans. If she/he/it/pat would have put one Democrat, he/she/it/pat would have been banned.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »
Darn, the Rep I interned for didn't make the list. Guess he's not trying hard enough.  :whatever:
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2012, 08:48:58 PM »
I saw something recently comparing Bela Pelosi's speeches to Boehner's speeches and his were several grade levels above hers.  Worse for the DUmmies though, Obama's speeches were below even Pelosi's.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2012, 08:53:02 PM »
Shocking!  Coming from the DU, they listed all republicans?  

Let's see - Sheila Jackson Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, just to name a few of theeeee dumbest congresspeople I've ever heard before.  

We all know the dumb things they've said and I'm not in the mood to go find the examples right now. 

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2012, 09:05:05 PM »
I remember when this Mulvaney guy thought we'd sent a man to Mars.  Oh wait, that was Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-itz).  Or the time Rand Paul lost count of how many states there were in the US.  Oops, that was Barack Hussein Obama (D-umbass).  Do you recall when Ron Johnson went on about how Osama bin Laden did all of these wonderful things for people in Middle Eastern shitholes?  Dang it, wrong again.  That was Patty Murray (D-amn idiot).  Those are some really bright bulbs.
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2012, 09:05:17 PM »
This guy didn't make the list of 10 dumbest?

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2012, 09:10:21 PM »
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2012, 09:11:35 PM »
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2012, 09:14:21 PM »
And using the same study, 8 of the 10 smartest people in congress are also Republican. From the smartest down..

Dan Lungren R-CA
Lucille Roybal-Allard D-CA
Jim Gerlach R-PA
Tom Petri R-WI
Daniel Akaka D-HI
Mac Thornburry R-TX
Olympia Snowe R-ME
Rodney Alexander R-LA
Mark Amodei R-NV
Ralph Hall R-TX

-So- How do you like those results, DU ?

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2012, 09:17:29 PM »
I remember when this Mulvaney guy thought we'd sent a man to Mars.  Oh wait, that was Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-itz).  Or the time Rand Paul lost count of how many states there were in the US.  Oops, that was Barack Hussein Obama (D-umbass).  Do you recall when Ron Johnson went on about how Osama bin Laden did all of these wonderful things for people in Middle Eastern shitholes?  Dang it, wrong again.  That was Patty Murray (D-amn idiot).  Those are some really bright bulbs.
A guy on one of my other sites by the name of NW Pilot is in Patty Murray's district. Every day or so I would find a story about some dumb thing a member of congress did, and offered it to him by posting for consideration as the stupidest member of congress. He enjoyed the challenge but could not agree anyone was dumber.
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2012, 11:40:18 PM »
This is another one of those liberal fantasies like the ratings of the Presidents by a gaggle of liberal shithead professors. They didn't even try to fake objectivism. Every Democrat was ranked above every Republican. The lowest rated Dem was above the highest rated Rep.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2012, 02:45:06 AM »
Lets see here now...understanding DUmmie math, logic and reasoning like we do.... hmmmm....the DUmmie measure of political stupidity would be inversely proportional to the actual intelligence level, ergo IQ, so.... :yahoo:....my representative is the smartest dude in the house... :yahoo:

Hell, even if he wasn't, he replaced John Spratt....another... :yahoo:
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2012, 05:29:19 AM »
A guy on one of my other sites by the name of NW Pilot is in Patty Murray's district. Every day or so I would find a story about some dumb thing a member of congress did, and offered it to him by posting for consideration as the stupidest member of congress. He enjoyed the challenge but could not agree anyone was dumber.

From what I've heard, Babs Boxer can give Patty Murray a real real run for her money.
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2012, 05:37:27 AM »
So another bogus study with whatever criteria fits the template. Color me shocked.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2012, 05:48:52 AM »
So another bogus study with whatever criteria fits the template. Color me shocked.

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This study actually has no bearing on intelligence at all, but is more a study that differentiates those who speak plainly from those who don't. Also, linguistics are strongly regional, so if one examines this test, one will find that the people tested tend to be in clusters based upon where they live, not their political party.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2012, 11:09:17 AM »
The DUmpmonkeys are dead wrong about Rand Paul.

The guy graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine, and went on to become an ophthalmologist.

He's a nut, but he's intelligent as hell.

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2012, 12:41:08 PM »
It won't matter, come November their so called smartest guy ever to live in the White House will be out of office.
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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2012, 04:20:42 PM »
It won't matter, come November their so called smartest guy ever to live in the White House will be out of office.

Is that the same guy that after asking what the day was then wrote 2008 in 2011?

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Re: 10 Dumbest Members of Congress
« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2012, 04:22:21 PM »
Is that the same guy that after asking what the day was then wrote 2008 in 2011?

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Give the man a break, he is the first President to govern over 57 states.  :rotf:
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