Yes Rick, that's exactly what I said. "uh huh huh, uh Conservatives are dumb, uh huh huh." Verbatim. As tempted as I am to get into a debate with you, I'll stick with my previous statement(s), none of which had any form of the phrase, "Conservatives are dumb" in them.
I do not think the average Conservative is dumb (Although some most definitely are. Ann Coulter? Yes, and certifiably crazy. Sean Hannity? Dumb, but generally harmless and even funny in a cartoonish sort of way. Michael Savage? Dumb, irresponsible and a sociopath).
But Conservatives as a whole (I'll try my best not to overgeneralize) are crafty enough to have control of the government, at least for the time being. They're not dumb, because they have the ability to think but choose not to in favor of sticking with what's easiest for them. The same could be said for any number of verbs - replace "think" with "empathize," or "show care or compassion," "be creative or innovative," "demonstrate care for others," "exhibit imagination," "show respect," "avoid hypocrisy," "make a valid point without relying on knee-jerk reactions, circular arguments or some other mental crutch," etc. - take your pick, but for the sake of simplicity and the desire to avoid such lengthy run-on sentences, it's much easier to just say "think").
Exhibiting these characteristics is not being dumb, it's an example of intellectual laziness most often motivated by fear. It's the simpler way, the path of least resistance, and it's particularly seductive for avoidists. Practically speaking, Conservatism is a way of thinking that makes the big bad world and all its complexities easier to conceptualize. It's a mental security blanket that shields one from his or her own insecurities or unanswered questions.
I will sum up my philosophy like this: While it is possible for a Liberal or Progressive to have a "conservative" stance on a particular topic, it is not possible for a Conservative to have a "liberal" outlook on a given manner. The definition of conservative precludes having a liberal stance. Therefore, which way of thinking is more flexible, adaptable and realistic? The Omega Man can afford to be a Conservative. It's not as practical in the real world, though.
OK, I've rambled on long enough. I threw in an oddly appropriate movie reference, so I guess that justifies the post.