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Conor Friedersdorf recently sent out an email questionnaire to Republican Party county chairmen throughout the country.  Sounds dull.  But it turns out to be surprisingly entertaining!  Here’s a sampling of opinion from local GOP leaders about Barack Obama and whatever else is on their minds:

….He wants to totally change it to a socialistic nation….His swift moves towards socialism….We should point out that the Blank Panthers, KKK, and ACORN are the shock troops of the Dem Party….Obama’s socalist tendencies….Stop kissing up to the RINOs, the left, and the socialists!….Is he for America or against us? Hard to tell with some of his far right [sic], socialistic policies or legislation he wants to enact.

….Dems can have an openly queer sitting as chair and nothing is held against the party or the individual….We are rushing into Sosialism and that is where we need focus our energies in poing this out not on how many hail marys did you say….Obama is all about race […] He wants payback….We feel we are marching toward the end of our liberties without having a chance to catch our breath….Despite what he said, this is not a Muslim Country, we do not need a Muslim majority ruling America. This is one decision that was made under the cloak of darkness.

….I seem to remember a similar charismatic socialist somewhere in middle Europe about a third of the way through the last century…. I think the most worrisome part of the Obama presidency is the blatant adherence to the socialist doctrine….The most worrisome part is that the Obama administration my put us on an irreversible course toward socialism….We should stop all measurements of race and actively fight the race-pimps who live off of division.

This is obviously totally unfair.  I’m just cherry picking the most bizarro stuff I could find.  Still, it didn’t exactly take much effort, and frankly, a lot of this stuff is actually more bizarre in context.  But here’s my favorite line of all:

Einstein did not arrive at his theories of general and special relativity on the mandate of a government bureaucrat.

Yes!  In fact, by making him spend all his time at the patent office, the bureaucrats in Bern did everything they could to stop him.  Luckily, Einstein’s entrepreneurial spirit was too strong for the jackboot of the Swiss government.

I’m pretty sure that Conor’s goal was not to provide mockworthy material for smartass liberals like me.  But when life serves you lemons…..

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