From my Republican Dog Food post:
Citing the public’s “. . .deep seeded antipathy toward the president, the war, gas prices, the economy, foreclosures and, in some areas, the underlying cultural differences that continue to brand our party,” former Republican Party leader Rep. Tom Davis this week observed that “the Republican brand is in the trash can. . . if we were dog food, they would take us off the shelf.”
That was back in May ’08, before the Bush presidency succeeded in plunging the US into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Since then, the number of people who self-identify as Republicans has plummeted, leaving only a rump of its most brain-damaged supporters.
How else to explain the results of the new Research 2000 Poll among those who still identify themselves as Republicans? Among its findings are the following:
Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not?
Not Sure 29
Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist?
Not Sure 16
Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not?
Not Sure 22
Do you believe Barack Obama wants the terrorists to win?
Not Sure 33
Do you believe ACORN stole the 2008 election?
Not Sure 55
Do you believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama?
Not Sure 33
Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people?
Not Sure 33
Do you believe your state should secede from the United States?
Not Sure 19
Should sex education be taught in the public schools?
Not Sure 7
Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?
Not Sure 8
Should contraceptive use be outlawed?
Not Sure 13
Do you believe that the only way for an individual to go to heaven is though Jesus Christ, or can one make it to heaven through another faith?
Not Sure 18
One has to wonder what the results would have been had the Teabaggers been included, many of whom believe that conventional Repugs are too moderate.
Commenting on the last question, Marcos over at Kos sez:
Two-thirds of Republicans assume anyone that is not a Christian is going to hell. It certainly makes it easier for them to dehumanize their enemies, either real or perceived.
Which helps explain the unrelenting demonization of Obama and “libruls” by the winger media. This one finding underscores the futility of pursuing bipartisanship with these people. One does not hold hands with someone who is jumping off a cliff.
As I observed in Dog Food:
So distressed at Barack Obama’s successful “Change” theme, the Repugs have tried to claim some of that turf as their own with their new campaign slogan—”Change You Deserve.” Unfortunately for them, that is the trademarked advertising slogan for the anti-depressant Effexor, used to treat generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in adults. (Who said that the Most Highs don’t have a sense of humor?)
No amount of Effexor or any other drug is going to cure these folks. And because the Rethuglican leadership is so desperate for their support, they have adopted their craziness as their own. One need only observe John McSame‘s flip flops on any number of issues, including DADT yesterday, because of a primary challenge from the Teabagger’s candidate of choice, crazy ex-Rep JD Hayworth.
Bruce Bartlett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department during the George H.W. Bush Administration, gets the last word. In his post yesterday titled Why I Am Not a Republican:
I can only conclude from this new poll of 2003 self-identified Republicans nationwide that between 20% and 50% of the party is either insane or mind-numbingly stupid.
[Image by Gamecock, found here.]