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When somebody’s writing a book about modern-day conservatives, and titling that book “American Taliban…”

February 2, 2010

Over at DailyKos, Markos Moulitsas posts: “The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans.”

His lede:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m putting the finishing touches on my new book, American Taliban, which catalogues the ways in which modern-day conservatives share the same agenda as radical Jihadists in the Islamic world. But I found myself making certain claims about Republicans that I didn’t know if they could be backed up. So I thought, “why don’t we ask them directly?” And so, this massive poll, by non-partisan independent pollster Research 2000 of over 2,000 self-identified Republicans, was born.

See, he started writing the book – title and premise already decided – and then went ahead and did some research.
And that research – surprise! – confirmed what Kos already believed!

So we’re supposed to…what? Trust this poll? Really?

Believe it or not, the poll kinda makes Republicans look like idiots. Of course, if you hadn’t already arrived at that conclusion yourself, then this is your first-ever foray into good ‘ol American-style partisan political punditry. Welcome! And remember: polls suck, even when done by professional pollsters who cling to their neutrality like my youngest son to his stuffed dragon.

Via Memeorandum.

More: Ann Althouse calls it:

Wonderful anti-Republican PR results. They justify the fears people who are not Republicans have about the Republican Party.

UPDTATE – Kos’ Supposed ‘Non-Partisan’ Pollster a Barking Moonbat

UPDATE II – Did he just call me a demagogue?

  1. February 2, 2010 11:14 pm

    Yes, conservatives want to defeat the Taliban because they have so much in common with them. Makes sense to me.

  2. February 3, 2010 10:32 am

    The sillier they get the less people will want to be associated with their side of the aisle.

  3. February 3, 2010 3:19 pm

    Linked. – Haven’t figured out the track-back-link thingy so, just letting you know.

  4. February 4, 2010 8:26 pm

    @ Mr Hackbarth: Wanting to defeat someone doesn’t mean you can’t be very similar. (2 rabid dogs fighting STILL want to defeat each other). Your logic paints you conservative.

    @ Fred: Yes, that’s exactly how the thinking world feels about the modern conservative/republican movement.

  5. February 4, 2010 8:37 pm

    Jeph, more like Kos taking the Left’s cartoon version of the Right and turning it up to 11. Kos and the gang really don’t want to understand the Right. Instead, they want to collect “facts” to reinforce their vision of moral superiority.

  6. February 5, 2010 12:29 pm

    Re: Did he just call me a demagogue?
    I’m sorry if my post was a bit unclear. I meant to point to
    Markos Moulitsas as the demagogue. You sir on the other hand, would be closer to the demi-god of trenchant sarcasm. Of course, I mean that in the nicest way. :)

  7. Tedlick Badkey permalink
    September 16, 2010 12:34 pm

    Fundies are fundies whether they tote bibles or korans… it’s all about controlling and forcing people into a set of dogamtic rules.

    Xians are every bit as bad.

    Xianity is to Izlam what Cain was to Abel (in mythology).


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