Friday, July 4, 2008

What Do You Know?

There are things that people don't know, that you'd think they would know.

Dino Rossi, who wants to be the next (Republican) governor of Washington state has registered his partisan affiliation as the "GOP Party." It's been conjectured that this is because he's hoping that there are a certain number of voters who, not realizing that the "Grand Old Party" and the Republicans are one in the same, won't link him to the party (and presumably, policies) of the Bush administration. What seems like a dumb idea at first glance may actually have some merit - it seems that as many as 25% of the populace doesn't know what GOP means.

Then there are things that people do "know," and you wonder how.

According to this piece in Slate, a poll revealed that about 10% of registered voters think that Senator Barack Obama is a Moslem. I'm amazed that there are still people out there who cling to that notion. Although even more amazing is the idea that this somehow would disqualify him from being President, which speaks to the absolute terror with which a segment of the American population regards non-Christians.

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