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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

" I'm putting the finishing touches on my new book, American Taliban..."

Said, Markos, and for evidence of Republican political attitudes, he commissioned a large sample poll by Research 2000. The results, while hardly surprising to regular readers, are truly remarkable.

1. A plurality of Republicans believe Barack Obama should be impeached.

2. They are against gays in the military, by a margin of 79-7

3. Only 42% of Republicans believe the President was born in the United States. A plurality of Southern Republicans, the particularly fact-challenged that drives the national GOP, are birthers.

4. They believe the President is a socialist, 63-21. They presumably didn't believe George W. Bush was one, even though the prescription drug benefit for seniors was granted under his watch.

5. They believe, overwhelmingly (53-14), that "Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama."

6. Southern Republicans are twice as likely to believe their state should secede from the Union than non-Southern Republicans. This is a rare point of agreement between this blog and Southern Republicans.

7. They oppose rules making it easier to form unions, 68-7.

8. They are against gays in the military, 55-26. Republican youth are only marginally more enlightened (47-31), likely because young people who haven't been turned off by Republican social policies form a fairly insane, if tiny group.

9. They oppose gay marriage 77-7 (again, no hope for young Republicans: 74-11)

10. Even more remarkable: gays should not be allowed to teach in the public schools, 73-8. It's 71-9 among young Republicans.

11: "Should public school students be taught that the book of Genesis in the Bible explains how God created the world?" Yes, 77-15.

The rest of the poll is just as remarkable.

The base chooses the nominees of their political party. Independents who don't pay much attention to politics and the Beltway media insiders who do, continually float the dream of bipartisanship. But the Republican Party lost touch with reality years ago. Its philosophy of patriarchal, race-based, Southern Christianism supplemented by war and by definition fact-challenged, is now spread more effectively by ministers than politicians.

And this helps explain why there are surprisingly few areas of difference outside of race (and even there only marginally) that distinguish Southerners from the rest of the GOP. How? Why? Because they won. Every member of the Republican base is now formed by white Southern Christianism that gave rise to and funded today's evangelicals. The slaveowners who created the religion would be proud.

The rest of the nation, urgently, needs to know. Good luck with that project.

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