The Bush-voters-have-lower-IQs hoax appears to have run its course. The editor at American Assembler
who posted the table that got the whole firestorm going has posted an abject apology
. Meanwhile I've still been trying to contact Robert Calvert, the guy who originally posted
the IQ/election data two years ago on rec.org.mensa, to see if he would admit that he made it up. But no luck. He doesn't reply to email
. So the possibility hangs out there that he got the info from some obscure source that no one else has been able to find. But this possibility seems vanishingly small to me, especially when you consider the character of Calvert's other Usenet postings, many of which relate to the topic of IQ (it seems to be a pet subject of his). For instance, in this post
he muses on the possibility that blondes really do have lower IQs than brunettes. At the end of this post
he makes some offhand remarks suggesting that blacks "are substantially less intelligent than average." And in this post
he expresses his belief that multiculturalism is all a Jewish plot to lower the average IQ of Americans. So he seems like a really charming and credible guy (not!... I get a creepy feeling just reading through his rantings). But if you think about it, it's amazing how this (presumably fake) election/IQ data, originating from a wildly eccentric source, managed to lie dormant for a year and a half and then sweep suddenly through the blogosphere.