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May 08 2013

God’s grace and wingnut stupidity puts Sanford back in power

There’s a certain segment of people who are allowed to succeed no matter how badly they fail. Wall Street CEOs come to mind. But one such sector is found among the leadership of the evangelical right, they thrive best in the least literate states, and such was the case in South Carolina last night:

UK Guardian — In his victory speech on Tuesday night Sanford made an inevitable comparison with Lazarus. He thanked God for giving him yet another chance. “I am one imperfect man saved by God’s grace,” he said.Sanford took 54% of the vote to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s 45%. His victory came four years after the public humiliation of being caught lying, claiming he had been hiking the Appalachian Trail while in fact making a secret trip to visit his mistress in Argentina.

He was also fined $75,000 for state ethics violations, having used campaign finance to fund personal travel.

While most politicians would seek quiet retirement in such circumstances, the Republican has instead successfully resurrected his career. He managed to neutralise the sex scandal by appealing to the electorate for forgiveness and, in the end, Republicans preferred a vulnerable and battered conservative to a Democrat.

I am every bit as cynical and as defeatist as the next skeptic. I put my palm on my face everyday amazed at human stupidity and I’ll happily tell you when I think it’s time to throw in the towel on the entire species. But this isn’t it: don’t let this get under your skin folks. The reason I didn’t get wrapped up in this race, despite some early positive signs, was because I know the wingnut mind and I knew exactly what would happen. When you get enough wingnuts together, i.e., a majority, the outcome is never in doubt.

See, you and I have critical thinking skills, so we can sometimes assume other people have them too, in at least vestigial form, waiting to be awakened by basic rationale. But they don’t. This district in South Carolina is full of the kind of proudly ignorant evangelical moron who becomes more likely, not less, to pick the obvious bad choice the longer and longer they have to analyze — and the word is used here loosely – that choice. It’s the opposite of what you would think.

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  1. 1
    TGAP Dad

    It’s South Carolina, also famous for being the first to secede prior to the civil war (NOT the “war between the states” or “war of northern aggression”). Bottom-tier education, confederate flag flying on state buildings, abound.
    I can’t see how this is a surprise to anybody.

  2. 2
    Gregory in Seattle

    He may be a lying adulterer, but at least he’s a white male Christian. For a depressingly large swath of the American electorate, that is all that’s necessary.

  3. 3
    dickspringer

    Tribalism trumps everything else. They see him as “one of us.”

  4. 4
    TGAP Dad

    #2 Gregory: as supporting documentation for your argument, let me introduce you to a woman expressing her opinions prior to the 2008 election: http://youtu.be/uFK0n4CgN1Q

  5. 5
    naturalcynic

    He may be a lying adulterer, but at least he’s a white male Christian. For a depressingly large swath of the American electorate, that is all that’s necessary

    Note that the previous representative [who was appointed senator] was a black male Christian [Republican, of course[,

  6. 6
    deltmachinery

    How we won the James Randi Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge

    thespiritscience.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=68&t=15600

  7. 7
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Well that sucks. :-(

  8. 8
    DBP

    deltmachine looks like a hippie-dippy new agey mabus…

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