On the assumption that the polls in 2008 will be more accurate than they were in 2004 or 2000, Paul Krugman writes in a New York Times op-ed piece:
What will defeat do to the Republicans?
You might think, perhaps hope, that Republicans will engage in some soul-searching, that they’ll ask themselves whether and how they lost touch with the national mainstream. But my prediction is that this won’t happen any time soon.
Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.
Yes, we’re all a bunch of rednecks. We’re all a bunch of racists. We all think Obama is a Muslim. We all secretly want to shout “He’s a nigger!” at Palin rallies. We’re all just a bunch of dumb, racist, rednecks who are too stupid, too ignorant, too low-brow to read The New York Times:
Anyway, the Republican base, egged on by the McCain-Palin campaign, thinks that elections should reflect the views of “real Americans” — and most of the people reading this column probably don’t qualify.
So what am I doing reading this column? Silly me, I didn’t realize moronic Republicans like myself weren’t supposed to read The New York Times, were too stupid to comprehend the fine points of political analysis in The New York Times. I had forgotten that we were just too stinkin’ redneck ever to take off our KKK hoods and read the illustrious The New York Times. I guess I’d better cancel my daily e-mail subscription. I wouldn’t want to cause any cognitive dissonance in Paul Krugman’s smug, elitist little world where all smart, cool, hip, intellectual people vote Democrat, and all Republicans would respond to the elevated discourse of The New York Times (assuming they read it which they don’t, being ignorant rednecks) with a look of utter bafflement much like this: