most louisiana republicans don’t know who was president in 2005!

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UNNF*CKINGBELIEVABLE!??! Or just more of the same old all too be­liev­able? Most Louisiana Re­pub­li­cans don’t know who was pres­i­dent in 2005!??! This is the head­line for an ar­ticle by Re­becca Leber on the ThinkProgress web­site dated Au­gust 21, 21, 2013: More Louisiana Re­pub­li­cans Blame Pres­i­dent Obama For Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina Re­sponse Than Bush. The opening para­graph states:

“Ac­cording to a Policy Polling survey, 29% of Louisiana Re­pub­li­cans say Pres­i­dent Obama is more to blame [than Pres­i­dent Bush] for the botched ex­ec­u­tive branch re­sponse to Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina while just 28% blamed George W. Bush.

A plu­rality of 44% said they were un­sure who was more re­spon­sible, even though Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina oc­curred over three years be­fore Obama en­tered the pres­i­dency when he was still a freshman Senator.”

They blame Obama for Katrina!

That para­graph says that 72% of Louisiana cit­i­zens reg­is­tered as Rep*blicans ap­par­ently do not know that George W. Bush was Pres­i­dent of the United States in 2005. They do not know that Pres­i­dent Bush was in charge of the re­sponse to, and the clean-up of, the dis­aster brought upon these people and their prop­er­ties by Hur­ri­cane Katrina.

If this poll is fair and bal­anced (and ac­cu­rate), this would seem to in­di­cate that Louisiana res­i­dents reg­is­tered as Rep*blicans are ex­tremely stupid or will­fully ig­no­rant, which is ef­fec­tively the same as being stupid.

What­ever the reason, they still get to vote in the next election!

To be fair, we are not pre­sented with a sam­pling of Louisiana voters reg­is­tered as De­moc­rats re­garding their aware­ness of cur­rent events. Per­haps they would score just as dis­mally, in which case our con­clu­sion would NOT be that Louisiana res­i­dents reg­is­tered as Rep*blicans are ex­tremely stupid, but that ALL Louisiana cit­i­zens reg­is­tered to vote for ei­ther of the two major par­ties are ex­tremely stupid.

(I in­ten­tion­ally chose the word “score”above: the poll is NOT a sam­pling of opinion. It is es­sen­tially a true-or-false test in which 72% of the par­tic­i­pants failed!)

ThinkProgress readers’ comments

“And Obama wiped out the di­nosaurs. And Obama broke up Ross and Rachel. And Obama caused the earth­quake of 1906. And Obama talked Bene­dict Arnold into be­traying the Colonies. And Obama shot JR.”

“People like those polled here are the rea­sons why the south has a rep­u­ta­tion for ig­no­rance, big­otry, and stupidity—I am sure there are many in­tel­li­gent and in­formed per­sons in the pop­u­lace, but they seem to be outnumbered.”

“A democ­ra­cy’s biggest threat is an un­in­formed elec­torate. We’re doomed people, frig­ging doomed . . .”


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