Richard Dawkins on the American political system

This is a quotation from British Evolutionary Biologist Richard Dawkins, responding to Texas Governor and GOP candidate Rick Perry’s answer to a boy’s question telling him that “evolution is just a theory“. I’m not a Dawkins fan or anything, but I found this commentary on the American political system and politicians to be deliciously cutting:

The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.

Well said.