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Eric Alterman, contributor to The Nation, brings the shrill heat.....
A quarter of Republicans questioned profess to believe that ACORN is definitely planning to steal the 2012 election while another 32 percent think it might be. These numbers are admittedly lower than the 52 percent who, in 2009, went on record accusing ACORN of having stolen the election for Obama, but this should strike a person with normal mental faculties as a mite surprising, given that the organization no longer exists.
Similarly, a recent poll of Republicans found that 48 percent of those questioned believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States. Again, this is almost double the 28 percent who believed it in February, but it is still rather low, given that Hawaii released the president’s long-form birth certificate to satisfy exactly this group of noisy idiots.
57% of Republicans think that ACORN, an organization which no longer exists, plan on stealing the 2012 election.
After President Obama produced a copy of his long form birth certificate proving without a shadow of any doubt that he was born in Hawaii, only 48% of Republicans think he was born in the United States.
What that demonstrates is that Republicans will believe what they want to believe....truth be damned.
Naturally, Republicans...or anyone else for that matter....can willfully choose to believe in untruth or even fantasy if they so desire. But how can a nation prosper, confront and solve problems when a substantial portion of it's voting population lives in a political fantasyland?
As Alterman goes on to say.....
....(an) astonishing combination of willful ignorance and stubborn stupidity can be found virtually everywhere Republican politics are discussed.
Alterman illustrates his premise by exampling Newt Gingrich. Gingrich announced his presidential aspirations about the same time he said this about Paul Ryan's budget plan to abolish Medicare and Medicaid while further lowering tax rates for America's top 1%.....
“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”
Gingrich, in a rare moment of candor, said what everyone knows to be true about Ryan's plan to kill Medicare.....it's a radical plan extremely unpopular with America's "free society."
I think that the Newton, a huckster if there ever was one, was only trying to raise a ruckus for the sake of the publicity.....like The Donald.....because to hucksters there is no such thing as "bad" publicity. Be that as it may.....the very Serious Experts in Republican land could not allow the truth of Ryan's Roadmap to Ruin, as spoken by Gingrich, be allowed to stand....
The sight of the reliably crazy Gingrich temporarily sounding sane threw conservatives into a tizzy. The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote that Gingrich “chose to throw his former allies in the GOP House not so much under the bus as off the Grand Canyon rim.” South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley denounced his comments as “absolutely unfortunate.” Fox News’s Juan Williams complained that Gingrich was “urinating inside the family circle.” And a spokesman for the far-right Club for Growth called it “beyond bizarre for Speaker Gingrich to call the Ryan budget radical,” adding, “What’s radical are Newt Gingrich’s comments. Perhaps he’s in the wrong party.”
Naturally, Gingrich, who often says he holds deep convictions...deeply....immediately apologized for accidentally on purpose stating the truth in front of teevee cameras. Newton's groveling was an unsightly-looking mess that most Americans had to avert their eyes from watching.
Stupid and willfully ignorant Republican and conservative leaders fueling a stupid and willfully ignorant voter base...."everywhere Republican politics are discussed."
So sad...yet so true.