I think I’ve been pretty clear on my feelings about the comments Phil Robertson made a couple of months back during an interview with GQ concerning homosexuality. I found them extremely ignorant and quite frankly disgusting. But I’ll avoid rehashing the debate about “freedom of speech” concerning Robertson’s comments and A&E’s suspension. (Though I believe the “suspension” lasted all of about 6 days, so in the end it didn’t really amount to anything.)
But now it appears Louisiana voters would like to see Phil Robertson elected to the United States Senate.
No, seriously, they do.
This poll found that incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu only had a 1-point lead over her Republican challenger Bill Cassidy.
Yet in a hypothetical matchup with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, Landrieu trailed by 4 points.
Granted, it was just a hypothetical matchup that I would normally dismiss, except I can’t forget about the poll I wrote about a few months back that showed one-third of Louisiana conservatives blamed President Obama for the response to Hurricane Katrina – even though Katrina happened more than 3 years before he ever became president.
So when I see that kind of stupidity, it’s hard for me to give them the benefit of the doubt on much of anything.
But I think this shows the mentality of the average conservative voter, especially in the South. It also kind of validates my belief (because I’ve had several conservatives say it to me) that many conservative voters don’t care about economic issues, they mainly care about social ones.
To them, preventing women from having an abortion and gays from getting married are the issues they care about. Like I said, I’ve honestly had conservative voters tell me that they don’t agree with the economic policies of the Republican party, but opposing gay marriage and abortion mattered more.
And the sad thing is, I really don’t doubt that if Phil Robertson ran for Senate, he would stand a good chance at winning based off nothing more than his “biblical beliefs.”
Now, is this poll skewed a bit because Robertson isn’t running? Possibly. It’s easy to say that you’d vote for him (a popular reality TV star) over someone else because he’s not a real candidate. And I could almost guarantee if he did run he would undoubtedly say other radical beliefs which would probably alienate many voters as they learned more about him.
That being said, it appears comparing homosexuality to bestiality and homosexuals to terrorists is just fine by many Louisiana voters.
Oh, and let’s not forget he also said African-Americans had it better before the civil rights movement.
But like I said, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone all that much. After all, when one-third of conservative voters in Louisiana polled blamed President Obama for the response to a natural disaster that happened three years before he ever become president – you’re clearly dealing with people who are politically inept.
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