50% of Republicans unglued from reality; 24% totally insane

These poll results are astonishing:

  • 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.
  • 57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim
  • 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
  • 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”
  • Scariest of all, 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”

On the domestic political spectrum, Obama is — in my mind — to Richard Nixon’s right, so the idea he’s a socialist is absurd. We liberals are beyond disappointed in the president. If giving failed banks trillions of dollars makes you a socialist, then he is. But Obama has helped the upper classes far more than the lower and middle classes to date, so he’s no socialist. And this is the only question above that is even tangentially, remotely, conceivably true.

The Antichrist and Hitler beliefs are transparently false. It’s literally shocking anyone would believe such things (let alone confess such beliefs to pollsters). And the facts regarding Obama’s birth seem quite clear. And Obama is clearly not a Muslim.

Our corporate media (esp. Fox News) is sick and has poisoned the minds of tens of millions of Americans with vicious, vile lies while simultaneously spurring them to aggression, even violence, against even moderates, like President Obama. I fear the consequences.

Posted by James on Wednesday, March 24, 2010