There’s a new poll out from Public Policy Polling, which has some … disturbing … results:
49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore. (bolding mine)
Yes, that’s right. Almost half of the Republicans believe an organization that no longer exists “stole” the election. It closed over two years ago. In fact, while it was a convenient bogeyman for the paranoid right, it didn’t “steal” the 2008 election either. It just registered voters. In particular, minority voters – that is, not white, Christian, rural “real Americans”.
If that were just a single example, it’d be bad enough. But there’s more. This Congressional hearing where a congressman spouts anti-vaccine nonsense:
I’m not exaggerating. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing trying to look into the cause and prevention of autism. Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) launched into a several-minute diatribe (beginning at 12:58 in the video above) that starts off in an Orwellian statement: He claims he’s not antivax. Then he launches into a five-minute speech that promotes long-debunked and clearly incorrect antivax claims, targeting mercury for the most part. Burton has long been an advocate for quackery; for at least a decade he has used Congressional situations like this to promote antiscience.
He’s not the only one. Over the past few months I’ve been watching a parade of Republicans come out to tout creationism, be unable to explain tides, not be “sure” how old the Earth is – and by that, I mean not even within a billion years – deny climate change, be unable to basic mathematics, and demonstrate that they haven’t comprehended – despite reading it out loud – the Constitution.
I used to say that “you don’t have to be stupid to be a Republican, but it doesn’t hurt.” After watching an unending stream of these incidents from the “leaders of the Party,” as well as reading comments left by the rank-and-file on every news site, when I start to say that, I have to stop and say…
Because from the evidence, yes, yes, you do have to be stupid.