Steve M. spots an excellent example of the willful ignorance of our Village overlords. Joe Klein writes:
Huckabee was never an entirely plausible candidate for President–could we actually ever elect a man who has his doubts about evolution?
Ronaldus Maximus and Bush both pointedly refused to endorse evolution. Here’s Reagan:
During the 1980 campaign, he refused to endorse evolution, a touchstone issue among scientists, saying, “Well, [evolution] is a theory–it is a scientific theory only, and it has in recent years been challenged in the world of science and is not yet believed in the scientific community to be as infallible as it was once believed.”
It’s fun to wank about how conservatives used to be reasonable (and if you go back far enough, you can probably even find a few examples), but they’ve been crazy for a long fucking time.