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Winston Churchill once said “If you’re going through hell, keep going”. An element of the Republican base and Republican party appear to have accept the advice of “If you’re going through hell, go crazy.”

Public Policy Polling’s latest poll found this information:

The poll asked this question: “Do you think that Barack Obama legitimately won the Presidential election last year, or do you think that ACORN stole it for him?” The overall top-line is legitimately won 62%, ACORN stole it 26%.

Among Republicans, however, only 27% say Obama actually won the race, with 52% — an outright majority — saying that ACORN stole it, and 21% are undecided. Among McCain voters, the breakdown is 31%-49%-20%. By comparison, independents weigh in at 72%-18%-10%, and Democrats are 86%-9%-4%.

For those of you curious about how many votes would need to be stolen to pull off this delusion? Between 1.1 and 9.5 million votes. 1.1M is the margin of Obama’s victory in 7 states. 9.5M is his margin of victory overall. Obama won 69M votes, the most ever.

The main effect of the Scozzafava purge wasn’t to drive the Republican Party to the right, but to silence anybody who opposed the paranoid wing of the party. The previous split between “silly” and “sensible” in Republican is virtually gone, replaced by “cowards” and “kooks”. Anybody speaking out against the Sarah Palin Society in the Republican Party is going to get undermined and defeated. Dede Scozzafava was the last, Arlen Specter was on their list, and Charlie Crist’s fall from popular governor to purge victim appears to be certain.

We know that Roy Blunt probably doesn’t believe in a mass ACORN conspiracy to deny John McCain his victory. Although he has already waffled on Obama being a US Citizen. He just doesn’t want to anger his base any further. He knows that if he shows the courage to speak out against nutjobbery, all he will get is nothing.

November 4th, 2008 was the beginning of end times for civility and cooperation in the Republican Party. Now the Republican party appears to be relying on the traits of craziness and cowardice. There’s no going back, It’s terminal now.