In another recent thread, one of the site's respected liberal posters associated "anti-intellectualism" with "the right." One of the site's respected conservative posters responded by accusing the liberal of perpetuating a hackneyed "liberals = smart, conservatives = dumb" argument.
With respect, "me smart, you stupid" is not the message here. Extremely intelligent people can promote anti-intellectualism for their own purposes.
I'm sure most Republican leaders think intellectuals are just fine and might even let one marry their sister if she is sufficiently gentle about the way she breaks the news. And I'm not claiming that Democrats are perfectly "pro-intellectual," nor indeed that any party should be perfectly pro-intellectual.
But I do notice these things:
When I hear mockery of universities and academics, it is much more likely that a conservative is speaking than a liberal.
It is the Republican Party that harbors adherents of several policies, many of which are somehow at least argumentatively related to the politically all-important abortion issue, that in one way or another inhibit or fail to sufficiently promote scientific research.
It is Republicans who politically align with the creationists and their sophist offshoots, the IDers.
It is conservatives who deny public patronage to artists because of the astonishing fact that some artists hold and express unconventional views that may offend the mores of majoritarians.
It is Republicans who ridicule and boycott performance artists who dare to voice their political opinions.
It is the right, in concert with its conservative sponsors, that consistently fights the global warming science for motivations that are becoming more and more nakedly political.
I call those policies and acts anti-intellectual, and they emanate in their overwhelming majority from one side of the political spectrum.