A new poll of more than 2,000 self-identified Republican voters
illustrates the incredible paranoia enveloping the party and the
intense pressure drawing lawmakers further and further away from
The numbers speak for themselves -- a large portion of GOP voters
think that President Obama is racist, socialist or a non-US citizen --
though, when considering them, it is important to note that a
disproportionate percentage of respondents are from GOP strongholds in
the South (42 percent) as opposed to the Northeast (11 percent). Also
note that this is a poll of self-identified Republicans, which means
that independent Tea Party types are not included.
Nevertheless here are some of the standout figures as provided by Daily Kos/Research 2000:
- 39 percent of Republicans believe Obama
should be impeached, 29 percent are not sure, 32 percent said he should
not be voted out of office.
- 36 percent of Republicans believe Obama was not born in the
United States, 22 percent are not sure, 42 percent think he is a
- 31 percent of Republicans believe Obama is a "Racist who
hates White people" -- the description once adopted by Fox News's Glenn
Beck. 33 percent were not sure, and 36 percent said he was not a racist.
- 63 percent of Republicans think Obama is a socialist, 16 percent are not sure, 21 percent say he is not
- 24 percent of Republicans believe Obama wants "the
terrorists to win," 33 percent aren't sure, 43 percent said he did not
want the terrorist to win.
- 21 percent of Republicans believe ACORN stole the 2008
election, 55 percent are not sure, 24 percent said the community
organizing group did not steal the election.
- 23 percent of Republicans believe that their state should
secede from the United States, 19 percent aren't sure, 58 percent said
- 53 percent of Republicans said they believe Sarah Palin is more qualified to be president than Obama.
During his appearance at the House Republican retreat last Friday,
Obama explained that it was hard to forge bipartisan consensus when
lawmakers were trashing his health care bill as a "Bolshevik plot".
These poll numbers show that the gulf preventing bipartisan consensus
extends well beyond health care. How does a Republican lawmaker explain
to his or her die-hard base that it is important to work on legislation
with a racist, socialist president who is illegally holding office only
because of the help of ACORN?
"This is why it's becoming impossible for elected Republicans to
work with Democrats to improve our country," said Markos Moulitsas,
founder and publisher of Daily Kos. "They are a party beholden to
conspiracy theorists who don't even believe Obama was born in the
United States, and already want to impeach him despite a glaring lack
of scandal or wrongdoing. They think Obama is racist against white
people and the second coming of Lenin. And if any of them stray and
decide to do the right thing and try to work in a bipartisan fashion,
they suffer primaries and attacks. Given what their base demands -- and
this poll illustrates them perfectly -- it's no wonder the GOP is the
party of no."