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October 21, 2004

Bush-backers--not part of the reality-based community

I've said for months that, considering what's been going on since the current administration took control, you have to be either stupid or a Jesus-freak (I realize those are not mutually exclusive) to continue to support Bush. A report today by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland at least proves true the first of my conditions. "How can people continue to support Bush?" they ask. And the answer they find: by being really, really ignorant.

No, seriously. That's what they found.

For example:

72% of Bush supporters continue to believe that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Fifty-six percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD and 57% also assume, incorrectly, that Duelfer concluded Iraq had at least a major WMD program.

And most Bush supporters don't even get that because of Bush, the rest of the world hates us. Less than a third of Bush supporters have figured out that we went into Iraq without anyone's blessing, and more than half of them think the rest of the world wants Bush to be re-elected.

Do they pass out LSD at republican conventions or something? I think Timothy Leary had a better grasp on reality than the average republican these days.

Posted by paulette at October 21, 2004 05:04 PM | TrackBack
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watch Fox News & you'll "learn" the "truth" about Iraq ;)

Posted by: jason on October 21, 2004 05:59 PM

If you track people who regularly attend religious services and people who regularly support Republican candidates, they tend to mirror each other. Church-goers support Bush. Church-goers also tend to steer clear of self-examination and asking hard questions about what they've been brought up to believe, like Bush.

This is a symptom of a larger problem, which is that when the line between church and state become blurred enough, pragmatism and logic are suddenly conceived of as a threat. Consider Ann Coulter's charge that people who question President Bush are guilty of "treason." Yet, she spent 8 years herself -- to put it lightly -- questioning the previous president whose ideology didn't conveniently line up with hers.

I think that the word "stupid" doesn't apply to Bush supporters as much as "ignorant." Or more accurately, willfully ignorant.

Willfully, gleefully, maddeningly ignorant.

Posted by: jason s. on October 21, 2004 06:22 PM

I don't usually find myself on the same side of the fence as the "church-goers" and that's only partly because I'm of the Tribe. But in this case, I take exception on their behalf. Purely by accident I have found myself in the regular company of a number of church goers, every single one of them a thoughtful, reality based Democrat.

I do agree that the line between church and state has become dangerously fuzzy and this terrifies me. But I don't think we should issue a blanket assessement/condemation of church-goers. I get uppity when people jump to the conclusion that I am pro-Israeli policy just because of my religious affiliation, and I think any number of the church goers I know would react the same way to the implication that their church going means they endorse the RNC. The African American community gave Bush only 9% of their vote last year, but 50% of them attend church.

This is a situation that's just crying out for a modifier. Add "evangelical" before "church-goer" and all my objections disappear. Plus, isn't John Kerry a church-goer?

Posted by: pam on October 22, 2004 03:33 PM
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