Loudon’s Alternate Reality

Here’s another example of how the right wing seems to inhabit a totally different reality from the rest of us despite lots and lots of evidence that disproves their claims. Gina Loudon makes some statements about Ted Cruz at the Worldnetdaily that can only leave you shaking your head in amazement.

If you look at all the potential presidential candidates, Ted Cruz is the only one who is yet to take a position that is opposed to most Americans.

Seriously? Let’s take a look at what the polls show on a few issues. Cruz is most famous for orchestrating the government shutdown last fall in an inevitably failed attempt to defund the Affordable Care Act, which was massively unpopular with the American people. Respondents in poll after poll blamed Cruz and the Republicans for that shutdown by a nearly 2-1 margin. A whopping 77% disapproved of the way the Republicans handled the budget situation. A Wall Street Journal at the time found Cruz himself with a 14% approval rating.

Most Americans love him. From his rugged, asymmetrical “real guy” look, to his cheery, twinkle-eyed, Reaganesque smile, he feels all American and familiar. That is precisely why the news media want to drag him down.

14% approve of him. 14 freaking percent. But in Loudon’s world, “most Americans love him.” Because the world she inhabits is a fantasy where she can declare anything to be and it magically is, evidence be damned.

Their goal: Rid the pool of presidential possibilities the American people like the most, and especially those who are willing to speak up against the elite, and in favor of the grassroots, everyday Americans. Then, with the predictability of termites, in the final scene they attack the remaining platitudinous few (i.e. Romney, Dole, McCain, Bush) with the same parasitic vitriol. They ensure the victory goes to the elite of elite – the one they can best control.

You do realize that Republicans actually get to vote for their own candidates, don’t you? Romney, Dole, McCain and Bush won the nomination because more Republicans voted for them in the primaries than voted for the more conservative candidates. They can’t even get a majority of voters in their own party, much less have “most Americans love them.”

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  • daved

    Most Americans love him. From his rugged, asymmetrical “real guy” look, to his cheery, twinkle-eyed, Reaganesque smile, he feels all American and familiar

    His appearance reminds me of Joe McCarthy, only with more hair. This is not a positive thing.

  • John Pieret

    “most Americans love him.

    Translation: ‘most Real Americans™ (as defined as “Americans who agree with ME) love him.’

    especially those who are willing to speak up against the elite, and in favor of the grassroots, everyday Americans

    So, when did you start speaking out against Citizens United and political PACs?

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    It’s the Party of Personal Responsibility again. They don’t fail because their policies are moronic, dangerous and unpopular, they fail because someone else ( the ‘Media Elite’) cheated.

    As far as this hagiography of Cruz, for the Right, everything is about the story. As long as the story feels good, it doesn’t matter what the facts are. As long as you have faith in something, it will come true.

  • sinned34

    That’s one of the biggest reasons why I left conservatism: it’s almost nothing but lies all the way down. Everything is based on “gut feel”, and no amount of evidence is enough to convince them that they might be wrong about anything. Over the years, I’ve become convinced it’s little more than a con game for the top 1% to fleece the bottom 99%, but I’m sure there are more than a few “true believers” here and there.

  • eric

    You do realize that Republicans actually get to vote for their own candidates, don’t you?

    Yeah I was thinking the same thing. The media can’t prevent GOPers from electing the candidates they want in GOP primaries. They can’t “rid the pool” of anyone.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    It didn’t make me shake my head in disbelief; it made me gag. Literally, not figuratively. In particular the bit about “his cheery, twinkle-eyed, Reaganesque smile, he feels all American and familiar.” That’s really disgusting.

  • dingojack

    Public Policy Polling notes:

    “Raleigh, N.C. – Following the controversy over his ‘Uncle Sugar’ speech Mike Huckabee has taken the lead in the Republican primary race for 2016. He’s at 16% to 14% for Jeb Bush, 13% for Chris Christie, 11% for Rand Paul, 8% each for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Paul Ryan, 6% for Scott Walker, and 5% for Bobby Jindal.

    There’s been more movement than usual over the last month, with Huckabee and Bush each gaining 3-4 points, and Chris Christie and Ted Cruz each falling by 6 points. Cruz had been leading the field among ‘very conservative’ voters for months but in the wake of Huckabee’s press attention last week he’s taken the top spot with that group. He’s at 20% to 15% for Paul, 11% for Cruz, and 10% for Bush.”

    The story is the same in other states too. Cruz is currently holding the number 4 spot.

    Huffington Post notes.:

    Seems there’s no love from FAUX News either.

    Do these people even know what the internet is and how it works?

    Dingo

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    THOSE LAMESTREAM POLLS LIE. MOST AMERICANS DO LOVE HIM. EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT POLLS CAN BE SKEWED. DONT TRUST THOSE POLLS. MY POLL OF EVERYONE AROUND ME HAD HIM RUNNING AT 100-0 OF HIM OVER HILRAY “VINCE FOSTER” CLINTON.

  • dingojack

    ‘Oh and I get the idea that Sen. Cruz’s eyes twinkle and starburst – just for me!!’

    ‘Silly Sarah Part Two – Same shit, different result this time for sure!

    (this time it’s a he, a senator and he’s gonna go all the way)’…[/ ridiculously OTT Movie VO guy]

    @@

    Dingo

  • John Pieret

    eric @ 5:

    They can’t “rid the pool” of anyone.

    But the press elites keep reporting on what those grassroots politicians say and do! If it wasn’t for that, the non-grassroot people would never know what they are like and would vote for them too!

  • busterggi

    14% is half the 28% of the population that makes up the hardcore Religious Reich that is the heart of the GOP – that’s a pretty good start for any Rethug with ambition.

  • moarscienceplz

    Do you get the feeling that if you got a look at Loudon’s notebook it would be filled with “Mrs. Gina Cruz” written over and over?

  • dingojack

    busterggi – maths fail. 14% approval over the entire voting population.

    Assume there are 200M voters (a simplifying assumption for the purposes of ease of calculation).

    28M voters approve of Cruz (200 x 14%).

    25% of all voters are rusted on Republican voters – 50M voters

    Of the 28M who approve of Cruze, about 25% are Republicans (again, simplifying assumption) – 7M.

    Therefore Cruz approvers, who are also Republicans make up merely 14% of Republicans, and 3.5% of all voters.

    Not much of a start, especially considering all the other loathsome flotsam and jetsam polling higher than him (not including the Democrats who out poll him)..

    Dingo

  • jba55

    @3 “It’s the Party of Personal Responsibility again.”

    Makes sense to me. They seem to believe very deeply in personal responsibility in that someone else is personally responsible. Probably Obama.

  • Wylann

    Over the years, I’ve become convinced it’s little more than a con game for the top 1% to fleece the bottom 99%, but I’m sure there are more than a few “true believers” here and there.

    Oh, there are lots of true believers. They are the rank and stupid file of the GOP that keep sending these morons money and voting for them.

  • Margaret

    take a position that is opposed to most Americans

    So all the other candidates are anti-American? Or was that supposed to be “opposed by most Americans?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Of the 28M who approve of Cruze, about 25% are Republicans (again, simplifying assumption) – 7M.

    And the other 75% are what? Green Party?

    I somehow doubt that the variables “Republican” and “Approve of Ted Cruz” are independent.

  • beezlebubby

    I know this is a high-class blog where we don’t usually stoop to comment on the physical appearances of those we disagree with, but to me, Ted Cruz looks like a smarmy, smug, rat-faced prick. Wow, that felt good to type.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    D. C. Sessions, I had independent variables, once. Took three surgeries to fix, and I still can’t whistle. It’s awful. Whenever I try to whistle at a pretty girl I end up blowing her the raspberry. And, let me tell you, women appreciate the Bronx Cheer even less than they like a random stranger whistling at them. It’s lead to me, on more than one occasion, being beaten verbally and physically accosted. I try to whistle for help, but that only makes things worse.

  • cry4turtles

    beezlebubby-ditto.

  • magistramarla

    And, with his comment at #19, Modus makes me laugh out loud and scare my dog again!

  • dingojack

    D C Sessions – If you’re going to quote try to avoid quote mining:

    “Of the 28M who approve of Cruze [*], about 25% are Republicans (again, simplifying assumption) – 7M.”

    This assumes that Mr Cruz’s approval is evenly spread across the voting population as a whole.

    The rest are ‘rusted on’ Democratic Party voters, ‘rusted on’ Independents and swing voters (that is all voters who are not ‘rusted on’ Republican voters and therefore not “…the hardcore Religious Reich that is the heart of the GOP…”). Clear enough for you?

    Dingo

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    * I seem to misspell his name this way often, my apologies to Mr Cruz

  • caseloweraz

    Margaret: So all the other candidates are anti-American? Or was that supposed to be “opposed by most Americans?

    Yes, it was supposed to be “by.” Even with that change, it’s an odd way of phrasing the statement that, unlike Ted Cruz, all other potential presidential candidates take positions Americans oppose.

    But then, odd phraseology goes hand in hand with odd ideology.