Honestly. Are there blue states in which people are this dumb? Or, to be less provocative (if accurate), misinformed or confused to this degree, or blinded by hate?
The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government's post-Katrina blunders.
Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans — 44 percent — said they aren't sure who to blame.When you toss in the "not sure" category, that's 73% of Louisianians (sorry, Larry) who have their heads somewhere where news doesn't get in. I'd call it the Fox effect: the fact that viewers thereof are actually less well-informed than watchers of no news at all. Or, simply, the observable fact -- about which I'll be writing in my Sunday newspaper column -- that today's Republicans demonstrably and happily consider facts something to ignore.
I think it's safe to say that Republican leaders don't consider the above information problematical at all. Quite, I'm certain, the opposite. Long ago, they figured disinformation was the best kind of information when actual information worked against them. So if you're a Republican strategist, give yourself a high five. If you can count that high.