The GOP Versus the Reality Principle

I’m starting to think that my quip about the contemporary Republican party as a coalition between the folks who want to repeal the New Deal and the folks who want to repeal the Enlightenment sorta missed the point. The two factions come together in their opposition to consensus reality. Birtherism and global warming denial are bad enough. But fantasizing that all those green-eyeshade types at the Bureau of Labor Statistics are conspiring to monkey with unemployment statistics to rig the election? Really?

R-money isn’t going to say this in his own name, but all the wingnuts are repeating it back and forth to one another, and no grown-up has yet stepped in to call them to order. Yes, it’s funny. But it’s also really disgusting and depressing.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.