Jeff Schweitzer: Reap What Ye Sow
These positions were well aired during the campaign, and plenty of people objected to their extremism. But what is new to our body politic as demonstrated in these examples is the celebration of ignorance. We rejoice in it, revel in it. Never before in our history have we elevated ignorance to a qualifying characteristic to lead. But Tea Party candidates basked in the glory of their ignorance, wearing stupidity like a badge of courage. The dumber the statement, the further from reality the utterance, the more "authentic" the candidate seemed, a "real" person we can send to Washington to clean up. Even just one generation back these candidates would have been relegated to the lunatic fringe, never taken seriously as candidates for high office. We have entered new territory.