You Don’t Have to be Stupid to be a Republican, But … Oh. Never Mind.

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)

Um… wow


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.



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9 responses to “You Don’t Have to be Stupid to be a Republican, But … Oh. Never Mind.

  1. pancheetah

    I saw that earlier today also. The GOP are quietly destroying our education system because ignorance to this extreme extent is in their favor. 😦

  2. see above

    long ago there was a country that would have laughed most of these people out of public life and into obscurity. Today we have a country with a media that doesn’t even challenge the stupidity and a whole Cable Network devoted to promoting stupidity.

    • Does not surprise me at all. 😥 It goes right along with their belief in “voter fraud” (which isn’t a problem), birtherism, and the belief that “entitlement reform” won’t affect them.

  3. I would agree with most of what you say. The example you gave about the mercury in the vaccines is something we have directly seen the results. The problem there is that the pharmaceutical industry in the USA holds great enough power to purchase government statements. The concept of vaccines is good, and even necessary. The reality is that this is one of the areas we are being lied to. That wasn’t a debunking of a myth. That was a cover-up.

    • Bullshit. Absolute bullshit, that there was a coverup. I wrote a series of posts about the anti-vaccination fraud.

      Now, I actually do have expertise in this area. I’ve worked in vaccine development, I’ve done research pharmacology, and oh, yes, environmental toxicology. Here’s the thing: If “mercury in vaccines” was in any way, shape, or form related to autism or any of the other “problems” that get raised, you would expect to see a drastic decline over the past 15 years. You don’t. In fact, you would have expected autism to have been “the norm” around the turn of the century, when mercury was much more prevalent in various items. It wasn’t. There’s a thing we use in pharmacology and toxicology called “biological half-life.” That’s how long something sticks around, or whether it will bioaccumulate. You know what? Ethyl mercury doesn’t. Methyl mercury does. Thimerosal degrades to ethyl mercury. 🙄

    • aquagranny911

      I debated about responding to you because Norbrook has already given you some excellent response but I will give you some more.

      CDC is very concerned with the tin foil hat wearers who refuse to vaccinate. Herd immunity only works when most of the herd is immunized. As the number of those vaccinated decreases so
      does the number of those protected which is why we are seeing bad out breaks of things like Whooping Cough recently.

      I know this because my daughter is an epidemiologist who is sometimes involved in locating “Patient Zero” where the disease started so vectors can be studied & people can be offered emergency immunizations.

      Furthermore I grew up in the days before widespread vaccines for most of the so called “childhood diseases” Childhood diseases sounds pretty benign unless you have suffered through them. At the least they were just plain miserable. At the worst they caused life long debility & even death. Who in their right mind would ever wish these diseases on any child or play Russian roulette with a child’s well being?

      There is no “government coverup” only a sincere desire on the part of CDC & our government to protect our children & our people as best they can from misery, debility & death.

      • I should also add that vaccines aren’t a “profit center” for drug companies. At best, they break even on them. That’s why most vaccine research is done by the government itself.

  4. Dancer

    Sadly we’ve seen that expression on the face of a boxer before…there are five in our family’s history…can only imagine what they would make of today’s crop of REPUGS!!!