As I’ve written before, the Republican Party has been taken hostage by its lunatic fringe — a motley collection of anti-government types, leftover John Birchers and paranoid conspiracy theorists, with a few racists thrown in for good measure — and is likely to be wandering in the wilderness, unable to capture the White House, for years to come.
The latest news from Public Policy Polling confirms that view. It shows Donald Trump leading the pack, having built an instant base from birthers:
Trump’s broken the perpetual gridlock we’ve found at the top of the Republican field, getting 26% to 17% for Mike Huckabee, 15% for Romney, 11% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Sarah Palin, 5% for Ron Paul, and 4% for Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty.
That just goes to show that if you cotton to folks’ prejudices, they will reward you for it with their support. And the news is even worse than it appears at first glance. (I know — how can there be worse news for the GOP than an early lead by a