The Senator and the 4th Grader

A Senator was seated next to a little girl on an airplane so he turned to her and said, “Do you want to talk?   Flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.”  
The little girl, who had just started to read her book, replied to the  total stranger, “What would you want to talk about?”
“Oh, I don’t know,” replied the Senator.  “How about global warming, universal health care , or stimulus packages?” as he smiled smugly. 
“OK,” she said.  “Those could be interesting topics but let me ask you a question first.  A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, but a horse produces clumps.  Why do you suppose that is?” 
The esteemed, well educated Senator, visibly surprised by the little girl’s intelligence, thinks about it and says, “Hmmm, I have no idea.” 
To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming, universal health care, or the economy, when you don’t know shit?”   
And then she went back to reading her book.

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