Cowen is "very bright",according to U S ambassador, Daniel Rooney, reported the Irish Times yesterday.
Now I have nothing against Cowen personally. Unlike others though I have no idea if he is a decent chap or not. But I find the repeated references to his wonderful intelligence preposterous.
This is the man who guided our economy toward shipwreck, in spite of, despite his claims to the contrary, warnings from at least twenty authorities worldwide and national. Now intelligence involves accurately processing information and making correct judgements based on incisive reasoning. In this at least, Cowen displayed not the slightest trace of intelligence. Intelligence also involves lateral thinking, looking at things from different angles, being capable of intellectually projecting different outcomes and their consequences and preparing accordingly. Here Cowen too evinced and evinces no trace of intelligence. Intelligence arguably involves original or creative thinking. Yet Cowen has displayed neither of these in his responses to the various crises over the last year.
Most telling of all, and this is what caused me to seriously question, this ludicrous myth, is Cowen's lack of verbal dexterity. Right, he is nowhere near as bad as his predecessor yet, at least when he speaks, his grammar, syntax and sentence construction, are all frequently muddled and confused.
He lacks even social or emotional intelligence. I personally detest Obama's politics but I respect the degree to which he displays the latter qualities. If Cowen possessed even a modicum of these kinds of intelligence, he would have admitted that he is directly responsible, to a greater degree than any other individual, for the mess we are now in, that he should have been aware of and listened to the warnings back then. He would have also stated that he hoped to win back the trust of the electorate some time in the distant future at best. This would have won him many admirers, it would have softened the attitude of the public towards him and would have quelled the collective feeling of frustration at the sight of people in power inexcusably evading their moral responsibilities.
Instead it is the same tired, dull, unoriginal, equivocations, which fool no one as has now been proven, but which continue to tarnish the image of both the man and his party.
So, all in all, I can't see the slightest trace of Cowen's supposed intelligence, however the latter attribute is considered or defined.