In a way, we all knew this day was coming:
Yes, you saw right. That’s an attack ad on a Republican politician based around his supposedly repugnant grasp on reality. (Hat tip.) Better yet, it’s a smug attack ad. The sneering attitude towards the theory of evolution is offensive because really, you shouldn’t get to sneer like that unless you’ve earned it by devoting yourself to grasping reality. If you’re really going to embrace your idiocy to the degree that you’re a petulant brat who rejects something as solidly evidence-based as evolution in favor of a bunch of ancient writings that you probably don’t read but imagine fit your fantasies perfectly, at least have the common decency not to be smug about it. I do believe the proper pose for the willfully ignorant is the, “Aw shucks, I’m just a dumbass redneck who can’t be bothered to read those fancy books or believe those educated scientists, but I sure can spit a wad of chewing tobacco clear over my gun rack and my Bible and straight into a spitoon, and that’s gotta count for something.” Seriously, nothing is less charming than not only being willfully ignorant, but acting like anyone who actually knows something about something is an object of contempt. You may believe it, but a little faux humility about your own idiocy makes it an easier sell.
I’m beginning to think this whole “only liberals ‘believe’ in evolution” thing is a little like a fraternity or gang initiation that involves humiliation and/or violence. Denying an obvious and settled reality is a way of demonstrating loyalty by going all-in. You demonstrate that you’re so loyal to the conservative cause you don’t care what kind of jackass you look like to everyone else, or how big a shitpile of stupid you have to swallow. Of course, the only remaining question is why someone would be so eager to show their loyalty to the wingnut tribe. The rewards seem mainly centered around being an asshole, which is something you get to do for free in the real world without having to pay the price of believing some walloping load of horseshit.