Republican Foot Soldiers Getting the Government They Deserve
‘Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin,’ by former staffer Frank Baileyhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/entertain ... ory_1.html
Nearly Half of Americans Are ‘Financially Fragile’http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/05/ ... y-fragile/
U.S. Faulted on Failing to Catch Credit-Crunch ‘Bandits'http://news.businessweek.com/article.as ... KHE2PI4GP8
Are Republicans losing their grip on reality?http://www.slate.com/id/2295128/
"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.
Moments like this point to a growing asymmetry in our politics. One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions. The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.