Friday, October 22, 2004

You Decide

Ignorant, or just dumb as a box of hammers? I'm sure Reductio might offer some more choices, like "delusional", "deluded", "conned" or the classic "fooled", but I'm not inclined toward granting the benefit of the doubt to a group of people so badly misinformed that:

72% believe that Iraq had actual WMD
56% percent assume that most experts believe Iraq had actual WMD
57% assume that Charles Duelfer reported to that Iraq had a major WMD program
75% believe that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda
63% believe that clear evidence of this support has been found.
60% assume that this is also the conclusion of most experts,
55% assume, that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission

Every one of these beliefs is in direct conflict with -- wait, what was it again? -- oh, yeah, REALITY.
Who is this benighted populace? Some lost cargo cult tribe on the fringes of civilization?

Close. They're Bush supporters.

Those of us who look at the deteriorating state of the nation and wonder how in God's Holy Name people can still support President Bush for a second term have our answer: these people don't know what the hell is going on in the world, and are deciding who to vote for on the basis of which candidate was photographed on a mass grave with a bullhorn.

Something like a little less than half the electorate, disconnected from reality, is supporting their champion.

By contrast...is anyone surprised?...the same poll showed that Kerry supporters actually had a reasonable grasp on current events. But what else would you expect from the reality-based community?

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