http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/polit ... oints.html
Secret Weapon for Bush?
By JOHN TIERNEY
Published: October 24, 2004
it may be the most infuriating revelation yet from
the military records of the two presidential candidates:
the young George W. Bush probably had a higher I.Q.
than did the young John Kerry.
least, is the conclusion of Steve Sailer, a conservative
columnist at the Web magazine Vdare.com and a veteran
student of presidential I.Q.'s. During the last
presidential campaign Mr. Sailer estimated from
Mr. Bush's SAT score (1206) that his I.Q. was in
the mid-120's, about 10 points lower than Al Gore's.
Mr. Kerry's SAT score is not known, but
now Mr. Sailer has done a comparison of the intelligence
tests in the candidates' military records. They
are not formal I.Q. tests, but Mr. Sailer says they
are similar enough to make reasonable extrapolations.
Mr. Bush's score on the
Air Force Officer Qualifying Test at age 22 again
suggests that his I.Q was the mid-120's, putting
Mr. Bush in about the
of the population, according
to Mr. Sailer. Mr. Kerry's
I.Q. was about 120, in the
according to Mr. Sailer's extrapolation of his score
at age 22 on the Navy Officer Qualification Test.
Linda Gottfredson, an I.Q. expert at the University
of Delaware, called it a creditable analysis said
she was not surprised at the results or that so
many people had assumed that Mr. Kerry was smarter.
"People will often be misled into thinking someone
is brighter if he says something complicated they
can't understand," Professor Gottfredson said.
still believe a report that began circulating on
the Internet three years ago, and was quoted in
"Doonesbury," that Mr. Bush's I.Q. was 91, the lowest
of any modern American president. But that report
from the non-existent Lovenstein Institute
out to be a hoax.
You might expect Kerry campaign officials,
who have worried that their candidate's intellectual
image turns off voters, to quickly rush out a commercial
trumpeting these new results, but for some reason
they seem to be resisting the temptation.
Upon hearing of their candidate's score, Michael
Meehan, a spokesman for the senator, said merely:
"The true test is not where you start out in life,
but what you do with those God-given talents. John
Kerry's 40 years of public service puts him in the
top percentile on that measure."