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One of the best essays I’ve read lately on the significant number of reality challenged individuals in this country and those who exploit them:

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Army of Trumans

…the Right has constructed its own Bubble World, a sort of political Truman Show complete with its own facts and rules (albeit facts and rules that are constantly changing based on political expediency). The writers, directors, and actors in this conservative version of Seahaven are the legions of GOP politicians, operatives, and conservative media outlets that relentlessly push this politically expedient alternative reality, and the Trumans are the millions of regular Americans who don’t realize the joke is on them…

…In this alternative universe, the facts are literally whatever the political consultants say they should be. Whatever resonates with the focus group. If you’re working on behalf of Wall Street lobbyists to kill a bill that would impose more accountability on Wall Street, you simply accuse those who support the bill of doing Wall Street’s bidding. It doesn’t matter that this is the opposite of the truth and is, in fact, exactly what you’re doing. While these facts might matter to people in the empirical world, the facts in Bubble World are whatever the right wing wants them to be….

Go. Read the whole thing.

This resonates. We’ve witnessed it:

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – health care town hall – Jefferson City (August 26, 2009)

Teabaggers: when the Democrats don’t give them a mic (August 18, 2009)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): open forum in Hillsboro – photos (August 11, 2009)