Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party

Democrats who believe in offensive conspiracy-minded myths are hounded from office.* Republicans who believe in offensive conspiracy-minded myths are considered major presidential contenders.

*And good riddance.

3 comments:

emawkc said...

It may be wishful thinking on my part, but I don't think anyone really considers D.Trump a major presidential contender.

Of course, I wouldn't be at all surprised if I were overestimating the intelligence of the country as a whole.

Joel said...

I hope you're right in the first paragraph and wrong in the second.

Ben said...

Mencken's quip is often truncated to read: "Nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American people." The whole quote reads: "No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby."

But Joel's comment really brings to mind Adlai Stevenson's exchange with a voter in 1956, when an ardent supporter told him that all "thinking people" support his campaign. "That's wonderful," Stevenson replied. "But I need a majority."