Monday, March 29, 2010

'Wingnuts': An Autobiography?

Or how to juice the results of a poll:

'Wingnuts': An Autobiography? - "Suppose you're walking down the street and some wide-eyed guy comes up to you and says: 'Barack Obama is doing many of the things Hitler did. Do you agree?'

That's roughly what the Harris Interactive polling company, inspired by a book called 'Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America,' has done. And they think they've proved you're crazy.

'Scary New GOP Poll,' reads the headline at The Daily Beast. In the article, 'Wingnuts' author John Avlon declares that 'Obama Derangement Syndrome--pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism--has infected the Republican Party.' The poll, he claims, 'demonstrates the cost of the campaign of fear and hate that has been pumped up in the service of hyper-partisanship over the past 15 months. We are playing with dynamite by demonizing our president and dividing the United States in the process.'"

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