Friday, June 22, 2012

What A Fool Believes

Dan Froomkin reports that a recent poll by YouGov shows that 63% of Republicans believe there really were WMD’s in Iraq.

The poll, constructed by Dartmouth government professor Benjamin Valentino and conducted by YouGov from April 26 to May 2, found that fully 63 percent of Republican respondents still believed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded in 2003. By contrast, 27 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats shared that view.

This is despite the fact that the people pushing the fiction eventually acknowledged that they were… well, if not exactly wrong, there were no WMD’s in Iraq after all.

Bush, Cheney and others consistently linked al Qaeda to Hussein in speeches they gave in the run-up to war, and the media rarely pushed back. But neither Bush nor Cheney continued to claim that there were actual WMDs in Iraq once the searches came up empty — although they both continued to insist that Saddam had the “capability” to produce them.

Which is just as good as having them, I suppose. Right?

The fiction doesn’t stop there. The poll also predictably reveals that 64% of Republicans believe that President Obama was born in another country.

The question now becomes how do you have a rational debate about the realities of life with people like that?