The popularity of the Sarah Palins among the Republican base explains a lot about America.
I have never been to Alaska but Palin reminds me of my friends and neighbors in rural Nevada. Her attitudes about sex education, evolution, and library books are fairly typical in broad swaths of the American population.
Palin conducts politics like a high school home coming queen. That’s why many people can identify with her. Experts on global politics, on the other hand, have little in common with the average voter.
Unfortunately, we will neither be able to sustain ourselves as a world power nor be able to provide for our families with a political leadership that wages a war on science.
There is a reason why we have the lowest life expectation, the highest child mortality, and the most derelict infrastructure in the western world. Anti-science and anti-rational attitudes among the electorate explain a lot in that regard.
According to the Gates Foundation, one third of our children do not graduate from high school. Another third is not prepared for college or a twenty-first century job. That state of the electorate will, of course, have political consequences.