Tuesday, February 2, 2010


This is the GOP base:
A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, conducted among 2,000 self-identified Republican respondents nationwide, gives an interesting peek into the psyche of the minority party's base.

Kos has not yet released the full numbers, but here's some early info on the poll that he has posted on his Twitter account:

• 39% of Republicans want President Obama to be impeached.

• 63% think Obama is a socialist.

• Only 42% believe Obama was born in the United States.

• 21% think ACORN stole the 2008 election -- that is, that Obama didn't actually win it, and isn't legitimately the president, with 55% saying they are "not sure." This number is actually significantly lower than it was in a similar question from Public Policy Polling (D) back in November, which said that 52% of Republicans thought ACORN stole it. So does this mean Obama is gaining ground among Republicans? As it is, only just over 20% of Republicans will say that Obama actually won the election.

• 53% think Sarah Palin is more qualified than Obama to be president.

• 23% want to secede from the United States.

• 73% think gay people should not be allowed to teach in public schools. This position puts the GOP base well to the right of none other than Ronald Reagan, who helped defeat the Briggs Initiative, a 1978 referendum in California that would have forbidden gays or people who advocated gay rights from teaching in public schools.

• 31% want contraception to be outlawed.
This is definitely not my parents' GOP, and is just one indicator of why, whatever disdain I have for the Dems, I simply cannot even fathom ever wanting to have anything to do with the Dems' far-right nationalist counterpart. The Obama as socialist bit is a total joke, but does make me wonder how Nixon would have fared in today's political climate (a case can be made that Obama's considerably more conservative than Nixon could have ever hoped to be, and of course no socialist worthy of the name would ever let the likes of Geithner or Bernanke anywhere near the White House). Of course you have the birthers, conspiracy-mongering bigots (ACORN has become the most recent dog-whistle for the n-word), gay-bashers, and downright punitive assholes. How could one hold a serious conversation with representative exemplars of this crowd?

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