they are superior than their political adversaries
I think the superiority thing is more targeted at the "clinging to their guns and religion" crowd.
That superiority isn't directed at Repub Investment Bankers who manipulate fools to protect them from enforcement of old laws or the restrictions of new financial laws. Nor is it directed at Repub Insurance Executives manipulating fools to prevent the removal of the Pre-existing Conditions Scam.
That sense of intellectual superiority is directed at fools who have been tricked into thinking that their faith requires that they support politicians dedicated to economic interests that are contrary to those of the fools, their families, their children and their children's children.
Though I don't think it is about IQ... it is about something else that appears to be missing or lacking in members of the "clinging to their guns and religion" crowd.
And somehow I don't think that it will be soon cleansed from the gene pool.... my guess is that they probably have more children on average then others (even the gay members of that crowd get married and have children before they come out of the closet).
Of course their are other demographics that are rapidly overtaking them with even greater fecundity... (from all the low cost labor that the Repubs are luring across the border with no questions asked jobs).
The Latino population of California now equals the white population. This demographic shift is turning several swing states blue and several red states into swing states. The arrogant superiority that Repubs continue in their hate speech against "illegals" does not appear to be sustainable. Does it?
So perhaps there is still hope for the human race inside the borders of the US.
In any event, I just wanted to make sure you were aware that sense of superiority is not untargeted, nor in my opinion, undeserved. Some Repubs are acting in their self interest. They are not the target of this scorn. It is the ones blissfully unaware that they acting against their own self interest that attract the scorn and contempt.
Your stroke next.