Lawrence Auster quotes Sage McLaughlin:
I have a theory about Obama's political success, and especially his success among self-described centrists. We all know that it rests on the outrageous notion that he is a moderate, a centrist, non-ideological, coolly rational, and uncommitted to any particular view of the world beyond what "the facts" say is best for America. People on the right, like me, have always been stunned that anybody could believe this, but it is exactly what millions of people believe. Years ago, during his election campaign, I saw why this was, but have never committed it to print.
The bad news is that he is extremely good at what he does. People who believe he is a bumbler, or has a low IQ, are engaged in wishful thinking, or perhaps they are victims of confirmation bias. Anyway, what Obama has mastered is using words, phrases, and images to mean more or less the exact opposite of what a conservative means when he says them, or indeed what most anyone means when he says it. He is able to couch self-evidently socialist ideas in language that most people identify as fuzzily conservative.
This is the masterful use of language of a guy with a super-high verbal IQ, smart enough to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. But Obama probably doesn’t have as high an analytical IQ as his very smart half-brother who has a Master’s degree in Physics from Stanford (and as I keep pointing out, that’s not the major of a stupid person who got into Stanford on affirmative action). Barack Obama, Sr. passed on high-IQ genes to his children.