From a wise and clever professor of economics at George Mason University, Professor Donald Boudreaux wrote these words on his blog, Cafe Hayek:
“A sound test of a person’s intelligence is to gauge how seriously he or she takes any politician who stands a better-than-even chance of winning high political office. Anyone who takes such a politician seriously is quite likely to be unintelligent. His or her I.Q. might be high, but he or she is almost certainly not ‘intelligent’ in any practical meaning of that word. Politicians’ public statements are not always faithful to the underlying reality.”–Don Boudreaux
On a personal note, this advice would have been tremendously helpful to me in the course of the 2012 election, when I was a Mitt Romney fanatic. And I use that word with its most strict definition in mind:
fa·nat·ic (fəˈnadik/) noun 1. a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause.