Right-Wingers Aren't Stupid — They're Just Betting That You're Ignorant

A lot of liberal commentary about the opposition to Obama’s stimulus plan goes something like this: ‘Gosh, could it really be the case that conservatives are so dogmatic that they’d sacrifice a shot at economic recovery to adhere to their ideological predilections?’

The obvious answer is yes, of course they would, because the smarter ones understand that if the administration succeeds it’ll spell big trouble for the anti-governmentalism — always part of the American creed — that Reagan rode to popularity in the 1980s. With America becoming more diverse, and less religious, what would they have left with which to rally the troops without it?

(In fact, my own view — call it a little conspiracy theory — is that no group of otherwise successful individuals could possibly be as inept as the members of the Bush administration were, and to some degree their mismanagement was a stage show designed to prove once and for all that government was, in fact, the problem.)

But that raises a question: is obstructing the Obama administration’s efforts to kick-start the economy political suicide? Will the GOP forever be branded as “Republican’ts”? I'm not so sure.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.