Saturday, February 6, 2010

When there is no middle ground.


The National Tea Party Convention in Nashville opened last night with speaker Tom Tancredo, a candidate for president in 2008 whose campaign picked up a grand total of zero delegates. According to Tancredo, Obama won the election because there is no test for literacy or knowledge of civics necessary to vote.

Yes, Obama is president because of millions upon millions of libtards.

I wonder if Sarah Palin will demand that people stop using the phrase libtards.

No, I take it back. I don't wonder at all. She'll never do that. Sarah Palin is about making a martyr of Sarah Palin. Other people's pain and discomfort are not part of the equation. She doesn't really care one bit about the word retard or about the disabled.

So back to Tancredo, the superstar opening act of the pricey show in Nashville. He is sure the problem is mass stupidity. The problem is that I agree with him on the diagnosis, but not on the case. While his campaign sputtered and his most famous exchange at the interminable debates was a squabble about mamas with Sam Brownback, he and Brownback also got some ink when in the first debate, a reporter asked if anyone didn't believe in evolution, and both of them raised their hands, along with Mike Huckabee, a person we are supposed to take seriously.

So the story is this. We think they are stupid and they think we are stupid. There is no middle ground. There is no point in asking one side to take a test to prove to the other side that they aren't stupid, because there can be no agreement on what the test should include.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan had the famous quote, "You are entitled to your own opinions. You are not entitled to your own facts." Mr. Moynihan is dead now, and his ideas about the rules of the game are on life support and not expected to survive.

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