Follow-up to “Smart, Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest”

Last week I posted an Around the Block called, “The saga of ‘Smart‘, ‘Dumb’, ‘Dumber’ and ‘Dumbest,'” in which I suggested that a hierarchy of governmental leadership was clearly developing.


My examples were:

  • Smart – Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
  • Dumb – Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD)
  • Dumber – Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
  • Dumbest – President Donald J. Trump (R-Mar-a-Lago)

While I did consider other candidates, I was somewhat restricted by the conventions of “superlative adjectives.” What word would follow “dumbest?

After reading an article from Vanity Fair about Georgia Governor Brian Kemp entitled “Front-Runner for Country’s Dumbest Governor…”, I began thinking harder.


While Vanity Fair characterized Kemp as the “Country’s Dumbest Governor,” I had already applied the “dumbest” sobriquet to the President; I was working with all brainless elected officials, not just governors.

So after many minutes of intense thought, I devised a new superlative for “dumb,” “Dumbestest.”

With that in mind, I hereby present my new list:

  • Smart – Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA_
  • Dumb – Governor Kristi Noem (R-SD)
  • Dumber – Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
  • Dumbest – Governor Brian Kemp (R-GA)
  • Dumbestest – President Donald J. Trump (R-Mar-a-Lago)

And remember, keep those cards and letters coming in – I want to know if you have any other elected officials I can add to this “dumb” hierarchy. And worry not, I’ve already developed a few additional superlatives:

Dumbestester,””Dumbestesterest,”…well, you get the point. No matter how low these “dum-dums” go, I can go lower!

One last point. No matter how many and how dumb any additional political leaders are, Donald J. Trump will always be at the top/bottom of the list!

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

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