I hear what you're saying, Eric. But I still think your worry is a bit excessive. People believe a lot of nutty things, and they make a lot of important decisions on the basis of them. For my money, belief that George Bush was in some way responsible for 9/11 is no less crazy than belief that God created the world in something in the range of 150 hours. But we have to contend with politically active people believing both those things, and making decisions as to who they want leading the country on the basis (in part at least) of both those beliefs.
For my money, I'm much more bothered by the fact that 13% of those on deck at Ames thought it was a good idea to back someone who thinks that threatening to bomb major religious sites passes for good counter-terrorism strategy-- because unlike a would-be president's views on creation/evolution, his or her views on how to handle the US' defense are extremely important given the powers of the Commander-in-Chief. Likewise, I'm much more concerned that as of June, 1% of Democrats nationwide (the same percentage of Republicans who backed Tancredo at that same point) supported Dennis Kucinich, who says on his website "We cannot hope to end terrorism by killing terrorists. Hatred feeds on violence and killing," and intimates that scrapping the WTO would do much to stop terrorism.
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