John Stuart Mill famously pointed out that there was a ‘sufficient but not necessary’ issue in conservatives politics. He claimed that while is was not true that all conservatives were stupid, it was true that the vast majority of stupid people were conservatives.
…now we have numbers on that.
A poll from Public Policy Polling taken in Ohio asked who deserved more credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, Obama or Mittens. This is a little like asking who deserved more credit for the moon landing, Buzz Aldrin, or myself. Why? Because I literally have zero claim to having anything whatsoever to do with the Apollo eleven mission. I was not even born yet. While Mitt was alive for the bin Laden strike, he had exactly as much to do with killing bin Laden as I have lunar surface dust in my sneaker treads.
A full 15% of self reported republicans think Mitt deserves the credit for taking out bin Laden. Seriously.
But wait, in case you think maybe that is just some fringe element, 47% of republicans just aren’t sure. Maybe they can’t answer a question without direct input from Faux News or something.
This can’t be raw stupidity. There is just no way that even the birther hopped up raving insanity that is the mindless right can really believe this. Even for a party that is best explained by the sad show that is one angry old lost white man raging incoherently at an invisible threat in a chair, surely it is too much to think that they honestly believe a man who wasn’t even in on the decision is responsible for the outcome. Christ I know most of them still think Reagan brought down the Berlin wall through sheer force of will but at least he was actually near the factors that did the real work. I mean, can you be that goddamned stupid and manage to actually answer the question? Don’t you have to at least be able to grunt in response to be polled?
No, this has to be raw unfiltered spite. And that tells you the real story of this election. And the last one. The golden boy of the right, in the form of one halfwit Texan pretender, managed to break the country, lose jobs like a drunken frat boy handing out singles in the topless bar, ruin the military, and tarnish the nations reputation the world over. He did it so well they won’t even mention him by name at their own convention. But to top it all off some lawyer with an actual American success story to his upbringing and way to much coloring in his skin came in, reversed the bleeding, makes other nations believe in him, stops the tide of job losses, starts the long job of repairing the economy, ends the war, (one at least) and even manages to bag the terrorist that the flight deck strutting commander cod piece failed to find. Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds.
So how do sad little registered republicans express their impotent white power? Deny reality. “Bush wasn’t a true republican, or else everything would have worked! We are losing because we aren’t conservative enough! You will see, as soon as you legalize gay marriage god will destroy the entire country! Besides, that guy you voted for? He isn’t from around here. He is from Kenya! A muslim atheist from Kenya! Muslim atheist marxist socialist anti-colonial communist marxist manchurian candidate muslim atheist who went to a questionable leftist christian church!”
It is a lot like watching a 2 year old stomp and yell about how mean mom is, especially when she is right.
At this point the “conservatives” of America need to be disbanded, or simply admit that the current president is in many ways more conservative than their man-god Reagan, and then maybe the dems can become the conservative party, and we can get an actual liberal party. But that requires a revolution in both parties. And I honestly see no chance of revolution in either right now.
The founding fathers would be so proud.