The Latest Right Wing Conspiracy Theory

Following the right wing means reading through lots of articles based upon made up “facts” and arguments which have barely moved beyond the level of opposing Galileo for believing the earth wasn’t at the center of the universe. The contradictions often appear ridiculous, such as claiming to support freedom and small government while promoting a government which exerts greater control over the lives of individuals. At least this becomes understandable, even if no less objectionable, once you realize that when Republicans argue for freedom, they are really arguing for the freedom to impose their beliefs upon others.

What really makes conservative writings entertaining is the frequency with which they resort to conspiracy theories. They can easily take any facts, regardless of whether they are true or are the false “facts” circulating in the conservative echo chamber, and imagine all sorts of wild things. As they already believe that any source of objective information is part of  a mythical “liberal media,” once they come up with an idea it becomes impossible to show them how absurd their beliefs are.

Birthers are becoming common on the right but the latest conspiracy theory stops worrying about Obama the Muslim and now fears Obama the Indian. Jillian Rayfield describes the latest right wing conspiracy theory, which says that Obama, with help from the United Nations, is going to give our land back to the Indians.

Yes, it is ridiculous. But is it any more ridiculous than a long list of things believed on the right?

Sarah Palin’s Alaska Hates Palin, While Tax Compromise Has Not Hurt Obama Among Democrats

Public Policy Polling found that in the first nine states they polled, all had an unfavorable view of Sarah Palin. In addition, they found that she  has serious problems among Republicans. The next state to be polled was Alaska, but even this didn’t help Palin:

It’s a well known fact that Sarah Palin is the most unpopular major political figure in the country…one thing that may be less well known is that one of the states where voters have the dimmest view of her is her own home state of Alaska.

We’ve polled Palin’s favorability in ten states over the last couple months. In Alaska just 33% of voters have a favorable opinion of her to 58% with a negative one. The only place where fewer voters see her positively than her own home state is dark blue Massachusetts…

Palin’s unpopularity in Alaska is an interesting sidebar but ultimately pretty irrelevant to a possible 2012 Presidential bid. What’s more relevant is that a majority of voters in every single state we have polled so far on the 2012 race has an unfavorable opinion of her. And her average favorability in the Bush/Obama states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Virginia that are most likely essential to Republican chances of retaking the White House is 36/56. Democrats can only hope…

While far too early to predict the 2012 nominee, a CNN/Opinion Research poll also shows trouble for Palin:

In the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, the survey suggests Palin may have some work to do if she throws her hat in the ring. Only 49 percent of Republicans say that they are likely to support Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008 for the Republican nomination in 2012.

“That’s a huge 18-point drop since December of 2008, when two-thirds of GOPers said they were likely to support Palin. It also puts her well behind potential rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, and a bit behind Newt Gingrich as well,” adds Holland.

The poll also shows how meaningless recent talk of a challenger to Obama from the left is. Regardless of the merits of the act, I had predicted that the tax compromise would  be a huge win politically for Obama. The CNN/Opinion Research poll shows not only that the tax compromise didn’t hurt Obama, but that the number of Democrats who support a candidate other than Obama is declining:

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday, 78 percent of Democrats questioned in the poll say they want to see Obama at the top of their party’s ticket in 2012, with only 19 percent saying they would prefer someone else as the Democratic presidential nominee. The 19 percent figure is the lowest figure since March, when the question was first asked.