Ask A Genius 566 – 15 Weeks

In-Sight Publishing

July 21, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: It is 15 weeks until the election. What is the deal now?

Rick Rosner: Trump has gone from 45.8% approval to 40.3%. That’s the difference between making it a close election and it being not close. So, I look at those approval numbers several times a day. Carole and I are seriously considering…

If Trump won, depending on the circumstances of him winning, and if he stays behind and wins due to outside interference, then it might be a good time or prudent to look at moving out of the country because things are seriously broken.

But Trump’s approval rating has been the smallest range of approval ratings of any president since they started polling approval 80 years ago. But even so, he has had, for him, some big swings in fairly short amount of time.

With 15 weeks to ago, it starts being very statistically unlikely that he can climb back up to 45% approval in only 15 weeks. Although, he could still do it. There’s a thing called an October surprise where opposition tries to drop crazy bad shit in the week before the election.

For Hillary Clinton, it happened in November 8 days before voting began when Comey said she was under investigation by the F.B.I. again for her emails. Beyond that, outside of some October surprise, it will be tough for him to move his approval more than a couple percent in the time that is left. As it gets tighter and tighter, and as more people vote early by mail, his electoral destiny becomes more cemented.

So, it is the beginning of the end of the time that he can do anything to help himself, which is why he is holding Covid press conferences. Including today, except excusing a child rapist and wishing her well, he was actually pretty well behaved at his press conference.

He stuck to his pre-written speech and notes and talked about the great things he is doing to save the country from coronavirus, which, if you know anything about what he has done, is stupid. It is stupid people who vote for him and it may have sounded kind of okay to stupid people.

His approval numbers hit the highest when he was having daily Covid briefings. But that was 140,000 Covid deaths ago. He may not be able to help himself with the daily briefings as he was able to help himself 3 months ago. At this point, we’re counting the days and hoping his assholery stays clear to a pretty big majority of the nation.

The end.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal (ISSN 2369-6885). Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and the advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.


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