Sunday, October 05, 2008

Why I think at least some Republicans can't change their allegiance

It hit me tonight while discussing the election that some people (mainly middle class people who aren't married to a conservative social agenda) are voting Republican in this election because of cognitive dissonance.

They can't accept that they support the people who have done so much to fuck our country and who would do so little to help middle class and poor familes. So they pretend that the bad things (rocketing debt, cratering markets, spiking energy costs, ignoring the realities of Katrina, quagmiring in Iraq, nuclearizing in North Korea, still-at-large Osama bin Laden, deteriorating environment, disappearing civil liberties) didn't happen or more likely rationalize away their negative consequences or assign blame for them to someone else (namely Democrats, even though Republicans have controlled the Presidency and the legislature for most of the past eight years).

Even when they admit that Bush is the least competent president ever.


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