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  1. Judy Pine
    Judy Pine May 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm |

    Glad I’m not the only one to find this ridiculous on a number of levels. Another aspect which troubled me was the implicit idea that speech was always an accurate indicator of the speaker’s intelligence. That is, if someone were speaking at a certain level this was indicative of their intellectual ability. The idea that one might find political capital in using the language of “ordinary people” and that this habit of speech would be in force during recorded speech which might well be heard by constituents did not seem to be a consideration in the story when I heard it. The idea that a proponent of an anti-intellectual stance must themselves be dumb seems to deliberately elide the political success which these folks continue to enjoy.

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