Remember the study that showed that the smart and well prepared students actually felt less confident about their test results than the dim bulbs who thought they’d aced the test? Well, it’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect and, to quote my handy Wikipedia entry, it’s “a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average.” (italics mine.)
In plain English: the Herman Cain Effect
“Stupid people are ruining America, and we’ve got to take it back,” Cain said.
Cain told members of the media he would have been doing better if he was the nominee, saying that he’d probably have a “substantial lead” (italics mine) on President Barack Obama at this point.”
“The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,” he said.