I made a snarky comment about this on Twitter, but this article is very much worth reading.
The short (and correct) answer is of course yes. I’ve never seen a so-called major political party believe so many nonsensical things, most of them before breakfast; these people have the White Queen beat by a mile. While this wouldn’t matter if we were actually trapped inside the pages of a book, the fact that we are existing in the (ostensibly) real world makes this a major problem. (And there’s no Neo to save us, darn it!)
As the article points out:
The Republicans ha[ve] moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot.
This would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous. I’ve beat this drum before, and I will pound on it until the sun turns into a red giant: if the American people give these dolts free reign, they will not only drag the country down into ruin, they will take half the world with them (re the current stupidity over the debt ceiling).
It’s fine to believe impossible things, if you so desire. (Skeptics will point to my religious faith as my own “impossible thing,” and that’s okay–I’m not trying to create a national policy around it.) It is not fine to attempt to run a country based on these fantasies.
So if you want a bankrupt Third World country run by racist, reality-denying clowns, vote Republican.
If you don’t–then kick their asses out of office.