Lest one think that the polling around last week’s “toothless Tuesday” primaries that showed how stupid Alabama and Mississippi GOP primary voters were (birthers, Muslim!), it’s not an anomaly. The latest out of Illinois is not much better:
Do you think Barack Obama is a Christian or a Muslim, or are you not sure?
Not sure:37Do you think Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Was born in U.S.: 36
Not born in U.S.: 36
Not sure: 28
Do you believe in evolution, or not?
Believe in evolution: 41
Do not: 43
Not sure: 16
Three strikes. You’re out. And you’re an idiot.
This is the Palin legacy, as a Kos diarist so succinctly put it:
When Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, AKA “Joe the Plumber,” won a Republican nomination for Congress, Sarah Palin’s transformation of the Republican electoral base was complete. What has happened to the GOP, much to the consternation of the elite party establishment, is that it has become a party of paranoid conspiracy freaks, religious kooks, bigots, the marginally insane, and amateur grifters like Joe the Plumber. If Palin were running in the primary election for president, there is no doubt that she would be winning it, probably handily. This, in a nutshell, is why Mitt Romney, the only plausibly qualified candidate running for president in the GOP, is having such a hard time winning what should be a cakewalk primary. This party is no longer the party of the country club or even of Ronald Reagan. This is a party unhinged from reality. This is the party of Palin.
When does this end? When does the shame of having such an abyssmally large idiot population begin to be treated as a flu epidemic or something easily as dangerous? And four more years of Obama, which is very likely at this point (unless of course, Ron Paul magically wins at a contested convention, of course, as the Paultards speculate will happen, in which case, he will readily trump Obama, as we’re all Randians now, right?), is going to make this kinda crazy seem downright tame compared to what we’re gonna get.