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The Know-Nothing Candidate -- An Analysis

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Part III -- Conclusion

Now the Know-Nothing candidate wants to be president. And he may well succeed depending on just how many other Americans know nothing in ways that make them comfortable with Mr. Romney's ignorance. For instance, we know that Christian Zionists (who outnumber the American Jewish kind) are the same sort of Know-Nothings and magical thinkers as Romney. They will vote for him. The infamous 1%, many of whom agree with Mr. Romney's assertion that corporations "are people too," and have the same rights as individuals (more magical thinking) will vote for him.

The "American Firsters," many of whom think Barack Obama is a closet Muslim and no U.S. citizen at all, will vote for him. But, that is not enough to win unless the election day turnout is exceedingly low. So, how many other Americans, who otherwise might pass for relatively rational individuals of voting age, will successfully be lured into Mr. Romney's Know-Nothing party? After all, most Americans really know very little about the world beyond their local realm.

"Ignorance is as ignorance does," particularly on election day.

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Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign
Policy Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest
; America's
Palestine: Popular and Offical Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli
Statehood
; and Islamic Fundamentalism. His academic work is focused on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East. He also teaches courses in the history of science and modern European intellectual history.

His blog To The Point Analyses now has its own Facebook page. Along with the analyses, the Facebook page will also have reviews, pictures, and other analogous material.


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