A new study by the Pew Research Center has exposed that the House Intelligence Committee members are not as smart as they were thought to be. The study, which tested the intelligence quotient (IQ), general knowledge, and critical thinking skills of all 22 members of the committee, showed that they performed poorly on every measure.
The study was done in response to growing public concern about the ability and credibility of the committee, which is in charge of overseeing the United States Intelligence Community. The committee has faced several controversies and scandals in recent years, such as leaking classified information, spreading conspiracy theories, and obstructing investigations.
The study’s results revealed that the average IQ of the committee members was 85, which is considered low by most standards. The worst score belonged to Republican Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who scored a miserable 65. The best score belonged to Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), who scored a decent 105.
The study also asked questions about current affairs, history, geography, science, and logic to test the general knowledge and critical thinking skills of the committee members. The results were equally disappointing. For instance:
- Only 3 out of 22 members could locate Iran on a map correctly.
- Only 5 out of 22 members knew who was the president of Russia.
- Only 7 out of 22 members could name one branch of government other than Congress.
- Only 9 out of 22 members could explain what impeachment means.
- Only 11 out of 22 members could tell apart facts and opinions.
The authors of the study concluded that the House Intelligence Committee is not capable of performing its duties and recommended that it be dissolved or reformed immediately. They also suggested that future candidates for the committee should undergo rigorous screening and testing before being appointed.
The study’s findings have caused outrage and disbelief among many Americans, who expressed their dismay and frustration on social media. Some examples are:
- “How can these people be responsible for our national security? They can’t even spell security!”
- “This explains why they keep falling for fake news and propaganda.”
- “They should change their name to House Stupidity Committee.”
- “This is not funny. This is scary.”
The House Intelligence Committee has not given an official response to the study yet. However, sources close to the committee have reported that some members have rejected it as “fake news” or “a deep state plot”. Others have reportedly blamed their poor performance on stress, fatigue, or bad luck.
Meanwhile, some experts have suggested that there may be a positive side to this embarrassing revelation. They argued that it may prompt more public scrutiny and accountability for the committee and its actions. They also hoped that it may inspire more qualified and competent individuals to run for office and serve on important committees like this one.