Friday, October 14, 2011

IRCPPS in the Links: Do We Need Smart Presidents? Revisited

Andrew Gelmman responds to the earlier John Sides piece in the Monkey Cage:
...I was bothered by some of the discussion of John’s recent post, “Do We Need Smart Presidents?” John and the discussants use the terms “smart,” “intellectual brilliance,” “IQ,” “intelligence,” and “candlepower.” Commenter Jordan Phillips mentions “emotional intelligence,” which seems more on the right track. Not that emotional intelligence is the only thing that matters, but politics in general (not just for presidents) involves a lot of negotiation. IQ-test skills presumably help with negotiation, coalition-formation, etc., but there are a lot of other important skills here...