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Sep 10 2012

Republicans credit Romney with … getting bin Laden

A recent PPP poll contained a startling statistic: when Republicans were asked “Who is more responsible for bin Laden’s death, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama,” 47% answered “Not Sure,” and another 15% chose Romney.

IOW, most Republicans hate Obama so much that they can’t bring themselves to correctly answer that question even though they know what the answer is. That’s an astonishing look into the cognitive dissonance and delusional mind of today’s right, and it ought to scare the living shit out of everyone. Cross tabs and links here.

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  1. 1
    Trebuchet

    Daniel Fincke says we shouldn’t call people “morons”. Or “stupid”. This is why he’s wrong.

    By the way, Stephen, if you read this, please do something about the misspelling of your first name in the sidebar. It’s been driving me crazy!

  2. 2
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    What’s wrong with the spelling?

  3. 3
    timberwoof

    Stephen, the “About the Author” bit on the right is about a struggling free lance writer named Steven.

    Thanks, Trebuchet. I needed that distraction from the OMGWTFBBQ reaction I had to Stephen’s post.

  4. 4
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    Stephen and Steven are the same, at least here in the states. They’re pronounced pretty much the same anyway.

  5. 5
    Sunday Afternoon

    Stephen – the Stevens and Stephens I’ve encountered to date are quite particular about the spelling of their name. You sir, are an exception!

  6. 6
    roggg

    when Republicans were asked “Who is more responsible for bin Laden’s death, Mitt Romney or Barack Obama,”

    Why in the Hades would anyone be asking that question in the first place? I think to a certain extent, asking the question legitimizes the suggestion that maybe somehow Mittens had something to do with it.

  7. 7
    sqlrob

    Stephen and Steven are the same, at least here in the states. They’re pronounced pretty much the same anyway.

    I’m sure PZ Meyers will agree with you :D

  8. 8
    rowanvt

    That poll does indeed terrify me.

    In Off Topic land, when I see Stephen I automatically read “Stef-fan”, not steven. But that might be because I’ve known a couple Stephens who have pronounced their name that way.

  9. 9
    Trebuchet

    Stephen – the Stevens and Stephens I’ve encountered to date are quite particular about the spelling of their name. You sir, are an exception!

    Or perhaps, like several other FTBloggers, he’s doing it pseudonymously, and his real name is Bill. Or Sue.

  10. 10
    busterggi

    I’m surprised they aren’t giving Reagan the credit.

  11. 11
    Alex

    Let me explain: By simply using ordinary raw facts as the basis of your arguments, you are all making a fundamental mistake. For example:

    Obama is in Reality (TM) born in Kenya although he was born on US soil, after taking into account the necessary corrections against the leftist bias of reality.

    Likewise, after taking into account that Obama is not a real American(TM) and other factors, Romney was in Reality(TM) the key figure behind the assasination of Bin Laden.

  12. 12
    OverlappingMagisteria

    The numbers in the link show only 6% give more credit to Romney. Where does your 15% number come from?

    From the poll results:

    Q15 Who do you think deserves more credit for the killing of Osama Bin Laden: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?
    Barack Obama……63%
    Mitt Romney…….6%
    Not sure………31%

  13. 13
    OverlappingMagisteria

    Oh… nevermind, you’re looking at the crosstabs for republicans, not the general population. I see. Oops.

  14. 14
    Leo Buzalsky

    @6 roggg

    Why in the Hades would anyone be asking that question in the first place?

    Perhaps this was a covert way of asking something like, “Do you hate Obama so much that you won’t give him credit for the death of bin Laden?”

  15. 15
    Amphiox

    I wonder how many of those respondents even read the question, rather than just noticing a ?, a box to check beside Romney, a box to check beside Obama, and reflexively checked Romney because, you know, you have to pick Romney over Obama for everything.

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    Amphiox

    What actually happened was this: the Mormon Church baptized Reagan posthumously, which gave Romney power over his undead spirit. It was the Zombie Reagan raised by Romney that routed bin Laden (while Seal Team 6 distracted his bodyguards – the one helicopter crashing was deliberate to draw their attention).

  17. 17
    d cwilson

    They just think that once Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate is discover and the 2008 election is invalidated, Romney will be declared to have been president retroactively and therefore, gets credit for killing bin Laden.

  18. 18
    Drew

    As they said in an SNL skit parodying Fox and Friends earlier this year.

    “I can name one person who wouldn’t have launched that raid: Barack Obama!”

  19. 19
    ursamajor

    As if this sort of thing was even new. Back in 2004 there was a poll (which I am afraid to find, I can’t handle that much stupid again) which showed there was a large block of Rethugs who were voting for Bush ’cause that thought he had Kerry’s policies while they thought Kerry had Bush’s.

    Rethugs are often just dumb.

  20. 20
    navigator

    Are these the same lot that thought we found Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq when we invaded? Or the earth is 6,000 years old? Must be.

  21. 21
    Argle Bargle

    I remember the 2000 election when a decorated war veteran was denounced as a coward and someone who went AWOL from the National Guard was celebrated as a hero.

  22. 22
    Trebuchet

    @#21: That would be the 2004 election, Bush v. Kerry.

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    F [is for failure to emerge]

    navigator

    Yes, and the ironic bit is that they use their 6000 y/o weapon of mass destruction (and later model changes)to accomplish this.

  24. 24
    wdimac

    It’s not like the other side is completely free of idiots either. 4% of liberals agree with them.

  25. 25
    Christoph Burschka

    I wonder how many of those respondents even read the question, rather than just noticing a ?, a box to check beside Romney, a box to check beside Obama, and reflexively checked Romney because, you know, you have to pick Romney over Obama for everything.

    Then I wonder what results you would get for asking “which of these candidates are you not going to vote for in November”.

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