How Palin Destroyed US Politics
Richard Cohen: Now, ignorance is a virtue
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2012 2:44 PM CDT
Sarah Palin delivers the keynote address to activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – HBO's Game Change is aptly titled: Sarah Palin did indeed change American politics, and not for the better, writes Richard Cohen in the Washington Post. Palin aides have confirmed the accuracy of the film's portrayal of an "ignoramus" who was "determinately incurious"; this year's "deluge of dysfunctional presidential candidates" shows that the trend has continued. "With her selection as John McCain’s running mate, American politics lost its way—and maybe its mind as well," he notes.

Herman Cain had "zero knowledge of foreign affairs"; Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry were confused about a range of issues; Rick Santorum called President Obama a "snob" for promoting college. In short, "ignorance has become more than bliss. It’s now an attribute, an entire platform: Vote for me, I know nothing and hate the same things you do." And while the affliction remains GOP-exclusive, surely there are Democrats who will follow Palin's lead. Click through for Cohen's full piece.

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Mar 15, 2012 3:26 AM CDT
Republicans have developed a mean streak eve since Reagan became the President. The mean spirit has achieved new heights with every Republican win in the White House, the Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court.
Mar 14, 2012 5:13 PM CDT
Politicians went the same public schools & colleges as millions of other Americans. They are merely a cross section of the typical American. Ignorant & Lazy.
Mar 14, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
You can tell how close a Newser article comes to the truth by the number of responses it gets. Over 220 responses in less that 20 hours... This article must be Spot On!