Whether you live on the right side or the left, this blog entry by Timothy Egan (NYT) should get you steamed. Under the title, “Building a Nation of Know-Nothings,” Egan says that John McCain won his primary battle but has lost his character, that “the flat-earth wing” of the Republican Party fervently believes lies about Obama, that astonishing segments of the party accept “fabrications that could be disproved by a pre-schooler”:
It’s not just that 47 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.
Take a look at Tuesday night’s box score in the baseball game between New York and Toronto. The Yankees won, 11-5. Now look at the weather summary, showing a high of 71 for New York. The score and temperature are not subject to debate.
Yet a president’s birthday or whether he was even in the White House on the day TARP was passed are apparently open questions. A growing segment of the party poised to take control of Congress has bought into denial of the basic truths of Barack Obama’s life. What’s more, this astonishing level of willful ignorance has come about largely by design, and has been aided by a press afraid to call out the primary architects of the lies.
Republicans ought to be offended that Egan says their most recent presidential candidate is now a sell-out and that the party is being taken over by fools; Democrats should be disgusted by how easily large segments of the “adult” population can be–perhaps WANT to be–duped.