The thousands of comments I’ve received over the past four years from readers who disagree with me can be divided into various categories, ranging from well-argued to hopelessly ill-informed.
I’ve learned the hard way that there’s no getting through to those folks whose opinions fall into that latter category.
Such inescapable frustration came to mind when I ran across THIS OBSERVATION from Paul Krugman regarding some of the responses to one of his recent columns:
This is the reality of modern American politics: a large and cohesive bloc of voters lives in an alternative reality, fed fake facts by Fox and Rush — whom they listen to out of tribal affiliation — and completely unaware that it’s all fiction.
It’s also, by the way, why attempts at outreach by Obama will fail. Even if he gives the GOP 95 percent of what it wants, these voters will never hear about it; they will still know, just know, that he’s a radical bent on destroying America.