This is the Republican Party

Just caught Markos twittering these results of a poll he commissioned of 2,000 Republicans. The results?

  • 39% want Barack Obama impeached. I’m guessing they think that means they get a do over.
  • 63% think he’s a Socialist. Actual socialists weep, muttering, “Wishing that were so…”
  • 42% think he wasn’t born in the U.S.
  • 21% think ACORN stole the ‘08 elections, while a further 55% aren’t “sure”…meaning they actually think ACORN did it, but are too chickenshit to say it.
  • 53% think Sarah Palin is more qualified than Obama. No comment.
  • 23% want to secede from the U.S.
  • 73% think gay men & women shouldn’t be allowed to teach in schools.
  • 31% want contraceptives outlawed.

The poll was conducted by Research 2000. Look, you can spin it all you want, but that’s the ugly truth. There’ll be more, and I’ll link to his post tomorrow with the results.

All I can do is shake my head.

The larger point? You can’t compromise with these folks. You can’t. Look, personally, John Boehner might be a charming dude, in a somewhat retrograde, wannabe-Don Draper-kind of way, and you might think that compromise, maybe a change of tone, is possible with him. Hell, he’d probably be amenable to it.

The problem with that line of thinking is that Boehner (and other Republicans in government) aren’t representing themselves. They’re representing the people in that poll. And what the people in that poll want is an America that has never existed – the America of a mythical 1950s sitcom, where men were men, women were women, and those damn uppity minorities knew their damn place. The people in this poll – and it’s a significant sample of 2,000 people across the country – are in active denial of the present, desperately longing for a mythical past.

You can’t compromise with people that think secession is a good idea, or that birth control should be outlawed. That’s what’s driving young liberals around the bend. If your average Republican was like, say, Boehner or Meghan McCain, you might be able to work out a compromise. But they’re not. They are as crazy as this poll suggests, and Boehner, et al, are captive to their interests.

UPDATE: You can find Markos’ review of this terrifying poll here. The full cross-tabs are available here, in case you imagine that Kos and I magicked up the damn thing.

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