For the full report: The Very Separate World.
The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barack Obama to be sure – which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush – but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. While these voters are disdainful of a Republican Party they view to have failed in its mission, they overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.
Mocked? One of the things I've noticed, increasingly since last year, but especially over the past few months, is that these so-called conservatives have picked up and are playing the victimization card more and more often. It's very satisfying I imagine and really justifies the displays of indignation and self-righteousness -- but it also strikes me as ironic that these privileged white boys would use the same political technique they bash in groups that have been demonstrably victimized by our society.
Truth is, if Rush were black, the African American leadership in this country wouldn't even let him walk Jessie Jackson's dog.