Archive for November, 2009
Monday, November 30th, 2009
Inspired by “A party both united and divided” and “Palin particularly popular among fans of Limbaugh and Beck” (Washington Post 11/30/09), which report that a poll of the Republican rank-and-file found that Zombie Queen Sarah Palin enjoys the top spot (albeit with a meager 18%) as the “leader” that “best reflects the core values of the Republican Party” (with Limbaugh and Beck fans, she scored 48% and 35% respectively). Then again, Palin still trails the even more popular “No leader/No opinion” (28%) and “Other” (23%).46% of the rank-and-file, 70% of Beck viewers, and 80% of Limbaugh listeners believe that Palin has had a “good effect” on the Party. 89% of the rank-and-file opposes President Obama’s policies, more than half of those (46% of the total) are “angry” about them, and 77% believe Congressional Republicans should try to stop healthcare reform.
It’s not often I agree
With members of the Republican Party.
But before you GOPers express excitement,
Please note that I mean this as an indictment.
When recently polled about which of their select few
Best reflects the Party’s core value,
Sarah Palin landed the top spot
(Though 18% is admittedly not a lot).
With that 18% I agree wholeheartedly
That Queen Sarah represents the apogee
Of what the GOP has become:
Shallow, bigoted, and dumb.
Beck and Limbaugh fans support her more strongly:
They see her as their savior (wrongly).
That strong support is not surprising
Considering whom their audiences are comprising.
Still, there’s hope: 11% of the GOP
Support President Obama on policy.
20% of those surveyed suspect
That Palin on the GOP has had a negative effect.
And 23% wish Congressional Republicans to inform
That they should work with Dems on healthcare reform.
It’s in this small group that I see some possibility
For the return to reason of the GOP.
Because even when we can’t all agree,
It’s better when your political opponents are not crazy.