Kurt Anderson wrote a column recently in which he said the folks on the right really believe the crazy stuff they say, like Rick Perry’s belief that Texas entered the Union with the priviso that they could leave any time they wanted. Not true.
My version, invented by me, is that conservatives build a world and then go live in it. When I thought that up, I was thinking primarilyof religion, esp religions that develop an elaborate philosophical justification for their faith. Digging down to the premises and assumptions could take you a life-time.
Quickly I realized this applied to a lot of realms of thought. Sadly, conservatives aren’t the only ones who do this, but right now the GOP front runners for the presidential race have the spotlight on them and fit this image to a T.