Why do conservatives lie endlessly, engage in elaborate, easily debunked fantasies and wild conspiracies? Why do they cheat, simplify, spin, and tell bald-faced whoppers so ridiculous it’s hard not to laugh them off the stage? A new Pew Poll suggests one reason is because it works:
WaPo— Make no mistake: Religion matters in American life and American politics. But at least for now, it’s turning off mostly voters that were already predisposed against Romney and Obama.
More than one-third of Republicans say they have a problem with Obama’s religion, compared to just 7 percent of Democrats. On the other side, 16 percent of Democrats have a problem with Romney’s Mormon religion, compared to just 10 percent of Republicans.
In other words, only about one out of 10 likely Romney and Obama supporters have some reservations about their candidate’s religion.
As an atheist I expect to have a lousy choice between two religizing Pastors in Chief every four years. It’s such a fixture in US politics that it’s hardly noticed, except when of them says or does something particularly bizarre. Given the crazy demands of the small block of loudmouth voters caught in the grip of religious delusion it takes quite a screw up in that respect to get our attention.
But the millions of dollars behind the ‘othering’ of Obama and the streamlining of Romney’s otherwise heretical beliefs are having some effect. I just wonder how effective that campaign would be if Obama had a traditional poll tested American name and Mittens signed his offshore checks with the Mormon monicker Moroni …
Update: reader coment — There’s a missed point here. Those annoyed with Romney’s religion are annoyed with his actual religion, magic underwear and all. Those annoyed with Obama’s religion are annoyed with his rumored, slimed, propagandized religion.