‘the delusional mob’

Jacob Weisberg (Slate): At a press conference last week, someone asked Chris Christie for his views on evolution vs. creationism. “That’s none of your business,” the New Jersey governor barked in response.

This minor incident, which barely rated as news for a few political blogs, offers a glimpse of Christie’s personality, which seems increasingly grumpy and snappish. But it says even more about the current state of the national Republican Party, where magical thinking trumps rationality, and even to acknowledge basic realities about the world we live in runs the risk of damaging one’s political future.

Christie is not part of the natural constituency for Darwin-denial. He’s an intelligent man, a lawyer, a fiscal rather than a social conservative. But Christie is also someone who might want to run for president someday, or be selected as someone’s running mate. For those purposes, he must constantly ask himself the question: Am I about to say something to which a white, evangelical, socially conservative, gun-owning, Obama-despising, pro-Tea Party, GOP primary voter in rural South Carolina might object? By this standard, simple acceptance of the theory of evolution becomes a risky stance. To lie or to duck? Christie chose the option of ducking while signaling his annoyance at being put in this ridiculous predicament.

….Even after the release of Obama’s birth certificate, nearly one-quarter of Republicans still refuse to believe that the president was born in the United States. Conspiracy thinking is flourishing on the right like no time since the McCarthy era. The GOP rank and file is in desperate need of a cold shower, a slap in the face, a wake-up call. But instead of telling the base to get a grip on reality, the party’s leaders are chasing after the delusional mob. To get to the front of the line in 2012, Republican candidates must pretend to believe a lot of nonsense than isn’t so. Or do they actually believe it?

Full brilliant article here – thank you Suzanne

7 Responses to “‘the delusional mob’”

  1. 1 UT Austin Liberal
    May 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    “That’s none of your business” to a simple question on evolution vs. creationism that any smart college student.. heck any middle school child could answer. I am appalled. I knew Christie was a blowhard and a bully, but it is incredible and sad to see an educated LAWYER reduced to SCUM b/c he wants to pander to the delusional, scum sucking, racist, filthy, dirt bags, douche bags, bottom feeding, dumpster diving TRASH that is the Republican party.

  2. 3 sherijr
    May 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Wowzer – excellent article- this is my kind of reading, telling it straight up… the only thing I’d add is pointing a finger at the media for being the republican’s lackys and not calling them out on their bogus BS.. but then I’m a believer in that most of the national media is owned and operated by republicans anyway. We need more of this truth-telling daily in this country.

    thanks so much chips for all that you do to inform us 🙂 🙂

  3. 6 Tien Le
    May 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    So this is the party that thinks it has the next Senate in the bag? Aren’t they forgetting something called voters? Or are they just counting on their suppression tactics to work across the board? I’ll say it again. Jacksonville has a Democrat for a Mayor.

    May 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm


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