So Rasmussen tells us the fear of the United States military conducting exercises in their state is not just something a handful of Texas wingnuts express. According to a new poll, 45% of Americans are “concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states.” That number rises to 56% among conservative voters, we are told.

Hmmm. This conservative majority presumably overlaps with the conservative majority that wants to deploy the U.S. military more aggressively in the Middle East to smite IS and perhaps Iran. Ah! I’ve got it! The idea is to export military units to the distant corners of the world so they won’t be around over here to take away people’s guns and force them to buy health insurance!

It took me a while, but I figured it out.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.