Breaking News: You're Stupid!Mar 15, 2012
Guess what, dear readers? You're stupid! That is what liberals think of you, especially you Southerners. Not only are you stupid, you're full of hate, too, and you're ignorant for good measure, with an IQ on par with Forest Gump. Who knows how many other flawed characteristics you embody . . . too many to enumerate, that's for sure.
This isn't hyperbole, mis-characterization or caricature. It's the actual sentiment and statement of Tom Jensen, of Public Policy Polling, a Democrat polling firm, after a recent poll he conducted, and echoed by Politico writer Alexander Burns and John Harris, the web site's editor-in-chief — and boy does Harris think you're stoooopid, as his cadence in a Politico podcast indicates.
In the article, "How much do voters know?" Jensen says this:
The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. I tell a client trying to make sense of numbers on a poll that are inherently contradictory that at least once a week. ...
I also think voters are showing a tendency to turn issues that should be factual or non-factual into opinions. If you show a Tennessee birther Obama's birth certificate, they're just going to say "well in my opinion he’s not a real American." It's not about the birth certificate; it's about expressing hatred for Obama in any form they can.
Burns chips in with this:
And "fickle" is a nice way of describing the voters of 2012, who appear to be wandering, confused and Forrest Gump-like through the experience of a presidential campaign. It isn't just unclear which party’s vision they’d rather embrace; it's entirely questionable whether the great mass of voters has even the most basic grasp of the details — or for that matter, the most elementary factual components — of the national political debate.
But it gets even better. Harris let loose with all his elitist venom on a webcast, Politico Live, and used the word "stupid" (or "stooopid" as he pronounces it for further insult) to describe voters eight times in two minutes and 40 seconds, while managing to throw in "ignorant" two times, and celebrated the Forest Gump picture and references that accompanied the article as compensation for the veto by the other editors of the more insulting headline he had in mind. Harris is perfectly clear: The idea for the article was his — it originated from an occasional newsroom rant of his and Burns embraced the proposition. Hear the pompous details for yourself:
Elitist and pompous Politico Editor-In-Chief John Harris is so smart, he doesn't realize how insulting he is to the American voter.
In the end, it's all amusing. The elites continue to talk among themselves, live in their cocoons, and never lift a finger to learn what Americans outside the Beltway and "corridors of sophistication" actually know or think. That's why they are surprised when they don't get the answers they expect to their slanted and biased polling questions and elated to get answers from questions they design to provoke a stereotype. The Public Policy Polling poll gave false choices and required one word replies (it must think that Americans can't articulate answers of substance). Mostly, this unabashed bashing of voters illustrates why the liberal and establishment elites are confused when voters elect conservatives and by the distrust Americans have toward journalists, pollsters and the punditry.