I found the article titled “5 myths about Rick Perry” in today’s New York Times literally dealing with the mystery of Texas Governor who is running for 2012 GOP Presidential nominations entertaining. However I was caught up with the following lines in the article:
“He’s a hillbilly dimwit. That’s bias against Texas, pure and simple. --Don’t make the mistake of thinking that jus’ folks is jus’ dumb.”
I interpret ‘Don’t make the mistake of thinking that “jus’ folks is jus’ dumb’” means “Don’t think an average (or ordinary) person is just a dumb.’ Is my understanding correct? Is “jus’ folks is jus’ dumb’ “a proverbial expression?
I also came across my usual question about the discordance of numbers of the noun and verb in the above paragraph. Why ‘jus’ folks, which is plural in number is followed by ‘is’ and ‘a dumb,’ both in singular?