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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Nice Cup of Tea

One of Bill Maher's guests on this week's REAL TIME is Dana Loesch, conservative columnist, radio host, and co-founder of the St. Louis Tea Party.

If I can find a video clip, I'll post it later.

I found her to be intelligent, articulate, and not at all rabid or weird.  Still, there is something very, very wrong with her, and this is that she KNOWS (as if they were actual facts) things that are simply the opposite of the truth.  One thing I remember was her insistence that the Obama stimulus package cost more than the Iraq war.  Even more striking was her adamant insistence, despite being specifically refuted by the Wall Street Journal's Dan Neil, and every one else on the show.

This is what is so disturbing, and actually horrifying, about Tea Baggers: their world of ideology is impervious to facts, data, and other forms of living reality.  They know what they know, and proving them wrong is totally ineffective.

Kinda why we are so screwed.

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