Monday, August 25, 2008

The Devils We Don't Know

Exorcist kitteh from I Can Has Cheezburger?

Dishing out a little of the Republicans' medicine, Joe Conason notes that some of the names under consideration for John McCain's running mate have much more serious character flaws than the old plagiarism accusations against Joe Biden. To wit, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal claims to have not just witnessed an exorcism but performed one himself. Oh, and while he was at it, Jindal cast out his friend's cancer along with the demons.

Where Conason goes wrong is in assuming Jindal's demonic history is a liability. Not so fast! As I mentioned a few months ago, a Baylor Religion Survey found that 43.6% of respondents believe demons definitely exist, while another 22.6% said they probably do. A miniscule 12.4% ruled them out.

So if roughly two-thirds of Americans believe in demons, and those believers trend Republican anyway, McCain should pick Jindal - why the hell not? He might also try speaking in tongues at the Republican convention next week. That'll get him more votes than promising us another 100 years in Iraq.

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