"Half of Republicans"
This greeted me while I was drinking my morning coffee:
Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.
Now, I could go full apocalyptic, tear out my beard, and decry the end of American democracy. But I won't.
"Half of Republicans", as many of us like to remind people, is a rather nebulous term. Is this half of people who voted for Donald Trump last November? Half of people who still identify as Republican? (Those numbers have been cratering, according to other polling.) Remember, almost 40% of the electorate didn't bother to vote in 2016, so "half of Republicans" is a phrase fraught with vagueness.
This is the definition of a push poll, conducted to produce a splashy headline.
That being said, and keeping in mind that "half of Republicans" does NOT translate to half of the population, it is more than distressing to discover that a segment of our population would be more than happy to live under a dictatorship. Let's put this into perspective: elections were not canceled in 1864. They were not canceled in 1944. This country has been through crises, and has never canceled an election. Because of "voter fraud", a portion of our electorate thinks this is a crisis which raises itself above the Civil War or World War 2, and would support a postponement of a scheduled election. This is quite illuminating.
The modern Republican Party is a cult, not a political organization. It is in essence no different than the cults waiting for the mothership to come pick them up. It's easy to see them taking cyanide while wearing Nike shoes as an asteroid passes by. And these people vote.
Whatever differences we as Democrats have among ourselves, they pale in comparison to the need to fight these cultists. People like Nina Turner and Bernie Sanders want to turn the Democratic Party into a similar cult. Fortunately, their followers, while loud, are not the base, and need to be reminded of that in no uncertain terms. If we don't want the scenario posited in this poll to become reality, these internal divisions need to be, as the kids say, kicked to the curb. The times are too perilous to engage in an examination of who is a true Scotsman.
"Half of Republicans" sounds worse than it is. But, it's still pretty bad.
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