March 13, 2012

Super Tuesday Redux: ‘Sicko’ Santorum Winner In Alabama & Mississippi


The Newt Finishes In 2nd Place With Willard Romney In The Rear
I’m elated as I type this next sentence. Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum is the winner in the Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries. What does this mean for Willard Mitt Romney? It delays the inevitable selection of Willard Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee for President of the United States.


Let’s face it - I’m highly skeptical about ‘Sicko’ getting the nomination. I just don’t see it happening, and no matter how I run the numbers, it doesn't seem possible. Why am I elated about the result? As an openly gay man who has pity for the Rick ‘Sicko’ Santorum’s of the world, his success in the Republican primaries will further marginalize the Republican party in the November 2012 general election.

It was widely reported yesterday that according to Public Policy Polling, 52% of Registered Republican voters in Mississippi believe that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, while 45% of GOP voters in Alabama think the same. As much as I’m wont to do, I’m reluctant to disparage the voter’s intelligence in those 2 states. If that’s the prevailing sentiment, Democrats have to do a much better job communicating the President’s message.

In my hometown newspaper yesterday, the Politics blog of the San Francisco Chronicle, reported that “Scientists Say America Is Too Dumb For Democracy To Thrive.” In the blog post, Mike Moffitt said:

The United States may be a republic, but it’s democracy that Americans cherish. After all, that’s why we got into Iraq, right? To take out a dictator and spread democracy.

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” “One person, one vote.” We are an egalitarian society that treasures the mandate of its citizenry.

But more than a decade’s worth research suggests that the citizenry is too dumb to pick the best leaders.

The website Life’s Little Mysteries headline states “Incompetent People Too Ignorant to Know It.” Staff writer Natalie Wolchover writes that research psychologists David Dunning, of Cornell University, and Justin Kruger of New York University, have found that “dumb people are too dumb to know it.” She says that:

This disconnect may be responsible for many of society's problems.

….....people who aren't talented in a given area tend not to be able to recognize the talents or good ideas of others, from co-workers to politicians. This may impede the democratic process, which relies on citizens having the capacity to identify and support the best candidate or policy.

Can we criticize or question the intelligence of Alabama and Mississippi voters, when they just might be too dumb to know it?


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