Americans don’t know jack about politics

“Huge numbers of Americans don’t know jack about their government or politics”, writes L.A. Times columnist Jonah Goldberg.

“According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, 31 percent of Americans don’t know who the vice president is, fewer than half are aware that Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the House, a mere 29 percent can identify ‘Scooter’ Libby as the convicted former chief of staff of the vice president, and only 15 percent can name Harry Reid when asked who is the Senate majority leader. And yet, last week, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found that two-thirds of Americans believe that Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’ firing of eight U.S. attorneys was ‘politically motivated.’ So, we are supposed to believe that two-thirds of Americans have studied the details of the U.S. attorney firings and come to an informed conclusion that they were politically motivated—even when Senate Democrats agree that there is no actual evidence that Gonzales did anything improper. Are these the same people who couldn’t pick Pelosi out of a lineup? Or the 85 percent who couldn’t name the Senate majority leader? Are we to imagine that the 31 percent of the electorate who still—after seven years of headlines and demonization—can’t identify the vice president of the United States nonetheless have a studied opinion on the firing of New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias?”

Today in the L.A. Times, Goldberg wonders, “Just how crazy are the Dems?” Apparently they are quite crazy according to Rasmussen Reports. The research firm reports that, “Democrats in America are evenly divided on the question of whether George W. Bush knew about the 9/11 terrorist attacks in advance. Thirty-five percent of Democrats believe he did know, 39% say he did not know and 26% are not sure.”

If Rasmussen is correct, over a third of all Democrats believe George Bush was in on 9/11 somehow, and that a majority of Democrats, over 60%, believe Bush either knew about the attacks in advance or can’t quite make up their minds.

“Bush Derangement Syndrome” reaches a new plateau when almost 2 out of 3 Democrats believe that “a moron like Bush” could pull off and hide a stunt like this; an operation that would have to involve literally thousands of people and cost untold millions of dollars. But as someone suggested, maybe Bush hid the cost in the Katrina appropriations.

Goldberg questions the thought process required to come to such an idiotic conclusion by inquiring, “…why try to explain that it’s implausible that Bush was evil enough to let this happen — and clever enough to get away with it — yet incapable either morally or intellectually of doing it again? After all, if he’s such a villainous super-genius to have paved the way for 9/11 without getting caught, why stop there? Democrats constantly insinuate that Bush plays politics with terror warnings on the assumption that the higher the terror level, the more support Bush has. Well, a couple of more 9/11s and Dick Cheney will finally be able to get that shiny Bill of Rights shredder he always wanted.” ”And, if Bush — who Democrats insist is a moron — is clever enough to greenlight one 9/11, why is Iraq such a blunder? Surely a James Bond villain like Bush would just plant some WMD?”

Goldberg concludes by stating the Rasmussen poll is partly wrong or misleading, but it also partly right and accurate. That maybe it’s not 1 in 3 Democrats suffering from paranoid delusions, that maybe it’s only 1 in 5, or 1 in 10. Whatever it is, the Democratic Party has a serious problem.

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