Just an observation that even non-political websites as trusted as Snopes.com has a political agenda sometimes. This came to mind recently as Liberals jumped on a Sarah Palin tweet in which she had a typo, interpreting it as her being a "dumbass" and "anti-intellectual."
Here's how Snopes excused Barack Obama's comment during the presidential campaign that he had visited "fifty-seven states" -- First of all, they mixed that fact with e-mails in which nutjobs referred to some fifty-seven Muslim states in whacko e-mails. In doing that, they move the rumor from being "True" to being "mixture of true and false information."
Then they say this: "...in May 2008, an obviously tired Barack Obama mistakenly told a crowd..." (highlights mine.) And "The actual intent behind Senator Obama's misstatement is easy to discern."
First Snopes diluted the real accusation, which was entirely true. Then they excused it.
Republicans (like me) made fun of Obama for the slip, but we understood that those things happen. Nowhere did I ever see someone who made a serious judgment on Obama's intellect based on it. Liberals, on the other hand, have no qualms on making such a judgment promoting the idea that Sarah Palin is intellectually sub-par. She's another in the long line of prominent Republicans who have been attacked on their supposed lack of intellect, going back (as far as I know) to Reagan, who was described in his time as an "amiable dunce."
One last note -- Al Gore and later John Kerry were described by admirers during their campaigns as "brilliant." George W. Bush, whose mind Democrats constantly made fun of, had a higher GPA in college than both of them.