The survey says: Republicans really are that stupid . . . But
If you want to know what's happening to the health care reform "debate," all you need to do is pull up some of the most recent surveys.
According to an August 5 CNN-Opinion Research survey (click here) ), an overwhelming majority, almost 80%, of Democrats are favorably disposed to the administration's health care program, although, according to Gallup research (click here), fewer than half uderstood it well.
Hmm, let me rethink the title of this a moment, about who's really stupid, and who isn't. Oh yeah, I did include the "but."
Now, as to the 80% of Dems who approve of the Obama plan, it might be illustrative to know that per that same cited survey, fewer than 20% of Republicans favored it, and that of the GOP voters who did not, 58% claimed to understand it.
Which raises the confusing matter, if any of the outbursts in the YouTube videos of Democratic congressperson town hall meetings compose that "understanding," rhetorically, "Oh really, you do "understand' it?" And where again in the plan is the mandate for senior citizen euthanasia, the mandatory "death planning" you assure the gathered is, like Prego spaghetti sauce, "in there"?
But if --- a lot of buts in here --- the admitted Dems approve in such numbers, such proportions, why then are only 45% of them (click here) following the debate closely, while 56% of Repubs doing so, and only 37% of Dems likely to attend a town hall meeting?
Yeah, why izzat?_
It's all so crazy. Or, maybe the better conclusion is that we're all either a little or a lot that. Take for example, the Research 2000 poll of July 30 (http://www.dailykos.com/statepoll/7/30/US/320)
where 28% of Republicans do NOT believe President Obama was really born in the United States or one of its territories, making of him a genuine natural born citizen, legally capable of being the President of the United States, and that an additional 30% have doubts he is a natural born citizen, this despite the surfeit of web sites depicting the reproduced certificate of birth from the State of Hawaii. Perhaps the answer to this perplexing phenomenon is found in the fact that last summer a poll of Republican voters found that a full 60% (Actually it was a fraction of a percentage higher than 60.) are solid in the belief that humans are the 10,000 year old handiwork of God, and that, as in the movies, they did hand-to-hand combat with dinosaurs, or at least did their best to avoid the now extinct creatures.
Rush Limbaugh likes to say it: "Ya just can't make this stuff up." And ya can't, really. During the 2008 Republican primary mass debate . . . remember how only two of the candidates for the highest office in the world said they believed in evolution?
Perhaps the answer to it all lies in the veracity of Dr. Strangelove's Col. Jack D. Ripper's assertion that the commie-socialists were sapping our natural bodily essences through fluoridation of the water supply.