As it happens, I know the opinion of two prominent past politicians held by someone who had had considerable first hand interaction with both. His view was that Barry Goldwater was an intelligent man although not an exceptionally intelligent one, and that Teddy Kennedy had a subnormal IQ. That is not the view of the two men that one would have gotten from the media back when they were active politicians.
So maybe the left are correct?
That money and connections will, in politics, take you a long way while intelligence doesn\’t seem much to matter?
Yet if they are correct in this then of course we should be paying even less attention to politicians than we already do……