Perhaps it’s that our pundits will begin to realize that contrary to being “real” and “authentic” and “salt of the earth,”some people are just batshit crazy.
Look, I know of people who vote based on whose name is shorter on the ballot. Like, they count the letters up and vote that way. So the idea that this woman won’t vote for Obama because she doesn’t like the sound of his name with President attached to it isn’t all that outlandish to me. Nor is the idea that she might just be a horrible bigot.
I mean, is it me or is some of the blogospheric shock that the country is full of stupid, racist shitbags who say horrible, violent things in public just a little much? I live in the bluest state in the union probably next to New York, and I hear this shitall the time. And it’s got nothing to do with income or location, it’s got to do with laziness and privilege, and in some (rarer) cases the simple obliviousness to the fact that stupid shit comes out of your mouth and other people schooling you on it is not a sign they’re elitist, it’s a sign they’re right and you’re wrong. I meanall the time people say shit and these are people in the People’s Republic, you know?
Maybe I just spend so much time mainlining this crap online, the Freepi and the Cornhole and Mike Huckabee’s MySpace page and such, that when it turns up in real life I’m not actually all that stunned, except that the Freepi actually do exist in real life. It’s easy, watching them through this little screen all day like an ant far, to believe they aren’t real.