The Fantasist

[ Originally published on this site as post ]

In his article this weekend about the Republicans’ failure to make good on their central mantra, repealing and replacing Obamacare, The Washington Post’s chief correspondent Dan Balz made exactly the right point: “For seven years, Republicans have lived what turned out to be a fiction.”

That’s true. But I’d like to take the opportunity to note that Republican ideology has been riddled with far more extravagant fictions for a while now. The denial of evolutionary biology and climate science, the belief in an imminent takeover of the American legal system by sharia and of everything else by the UN, the idea that anti-white prejudice is America’s most serious racial problem—these and other pieces of make-believe have been peddled to Republican voters