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They are the 27 percenters - that slice of the American population who are so hard-core bonkers they will agree with the Republicans no matter what.

As far as I know this baseline was laid down by blogger John Rogers, who used the 2004 Obama/Keyes senate race as a measure:

“Keyes was from out of state, so you can eliminate any established political base; both candidates were black, so you can factor out racism; and Keyes was plainly, obviously, completely crazy. Batshit crazy. Head-trauma crazy. But 27% of the population of Illinois voted for him. They put party identification, personal prejudice, whatever ahead of rational judgement. Hell, even like 5% of Democrats voted for him. That’s crazy behaviour. I think you have to assume a 27% Crazification Factor in any population.”
So how bad are Republicans sucking right now?
In a new poll, high numbers of registered voters expressed disapproval of how President Obama and congressional Democrats and Republicans were handling the budget debate, which resulted in a government shutdown last week.

Congressional Republicans came in for the most ire, with 71 percent of registered voters in the Washington Post/ABC News poll saying they disapproved of of how they “are handling negotiations over the federal budget,” while 24 percent approved.

Way to go, guys - you have sunk below even the lowest of baselines.

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