Here’s NBC commentary from the “bad” poll, i.e., the one that has some Dems (not me) alarmed today because it shows the race tightening:
According to the NBC News/WSJ poll, 61 percent of all voters think America’s response to the coronavirus has been unsuccessful. That includes 84 percent of Dem respondents, 58 percent of independents, but just 37 percent of Republicans.
Polls, schmolls, but this illustrates the scale of our national problem as well as anything I’ve seen. By any empirical measure, the U.S. response to the pandemic has been unsuccessful when compared to peer nations. We have more dead, higher rates of infection, lower per-capita testing, etc. That’s just a fact.
Yet north of 60% of Republicans refuse to believe it because it reflects poorly on the Orange Calf. So yeah, why wouldn’t these same people believe in an insane conspiracy theory like Qanon? They’re already denying the evidence of their ears and eyes.
A conman’s greatest ally is the psychological hurdle their marks must overcome to admit they’ve been swindled. It sure looks like most of Trump’s marks won’t ever admit it, and they’re drawn to loopy conspiracies that make Trump the hero precisely because it validates their own faith. Apparently it’s less painful to let go of reality completely than to admit they’re been played.
I still believe enough Trump voters have quietly concluded that the Trump experiment is a failure. Not the hardcore MAGAs, but people like one of my Trump-voting uncles (who now says he’ll vote for some libertarian choad), people the DNC has deployed schmucks like John Kasich to appeal to, the 30+ percent capable of perceiving the embarrassing systemic failure to handle the pandemic.
Trump’s electoral college win was so fluky and narrow that we don’t have to peel too many off to send the shitgibbon packing. I think we have a decent chance of seeing a good-old fashioned thumping that preempts the planned “voter fraud” shenanigans in November.
But sharing a country with such a massive number of gullible dopes sucks. Open thread.