15 signs you’ve drunk the far-right Kool-Aid

 

There has been, to put it mildly, some mass self-delusion going on in right-wing circles. Here’s how to tell if you are suffering from the ill-effects of the echo chamber:

1. You think Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, nailed it when he told the Values Voter Summit that the Democrats are “feeling the heat” in the shutdown fight.

2. You think the problem is that Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli isn’t conservative enough.

3. You think if only the shutdown went on longer, the GOP would win this fight.

4. You think that if the GOP doesn’t win the shutdown fight, it will be because of the mainstream media.

5. You think Americans want to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare.

6. You think the problem is that Cruz didn’t talk long enough or that the media didn’t cover his 21-hour speech fairly.

7. You think it is better to have 30 “true conservatives” than 51 Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

8. You think Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had it wrong when he backed immigration reform and right when he went to bat for the shutdown strategy.

9. You think Hispanics will never vote for Republicans so there is no use in pursuing immigration reform. You think it is fine for the GOP to win elections relying almost entirely on white voters.

10. You think Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is a sellout because he thinks repealing Obamacare can only happen by electing a GOP Senate majority and capturing the White House.

11. You think the GOP needs candidates like Cruz to run for Senate in places like Michigan, Virginia and Colorado.

12. You think the GOP would have done better with Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum or Ron Paul as its 2012 presidential nominee. You think Santorum blew it when he stopped talking about contraception.

13. You think Republicans should run hard at the national level on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

14. You think President Ronald Reagan would have decried compromise and supported primarying the Senate minority leader.

15. You think right-wing talk radio hosts are a good barometer of U.S. public opinion.

If you answered “yes” to more than half of these, it’s time to rethink your political assumptions.

© 2013, The Washington Post.

Read more From Our Inbox stories from the Miami Herald

  • My fight with McDonald’s over happy meal toys

    In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of McDonald’s and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals. I expressed my frustration that McDonald’s always asked if my family preferred a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” when we ordered a Happy Meal at the drive-through. My letter asked if it would be legal for McDonald’s “to ask at a job interview whether someone wanted a man’s job or a woman’s job?”

  • Edward Snowden asked Vladimir Putin the wrong question

    The question Edward Snowden should have asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday was: “Would you please describe how the three versions of SORM operate and what is done with the intercepted phone, email and other electronic media those systems collect?”

  • Gabriel Gárcia Márquez changed my life

    Years before I met him, Gabriel Gárcia Márquez changed my life.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category