February 3, 2015 12:30 pm -

Taegan Goddard points to a New York Times story about the “delicate” issue Republicans face.


The vaccination controversy is a twist on an old problem for the Republican Party: how to approach matters that have largely been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives.”

“It is a dance Republican candidates often do when they hedge their answers about whether evolution should be taught in schools. It is what makes the fight over global warming such a liability for their party, and what led last year to a widely criticized response to the Ebola scare.”

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22 responses to Republicans Have A Science Problem

  1. William February 3rd, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Well according to the Derp report, those scientists are lying.

    • ExPFCWintergreen February 3rd, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      FOXmath. It’s quantitativish.

    • Larry Schmitt February 3rd, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      That’s the 110% the athaletes keep talking about!

    • arc99 February 3rd, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      In all fairness, it should be pointed out that many of the poll participants were Romney supporters. They selected all 3 choices.

    • arc99 February 3rd, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      In all fairness, it should be pointed out that many of the poll participants were Romney supporters. They selected all 3 choices.

  2. Dwendt44 February 3rd, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    There’s no mystery of why only 6% of scientists are Republicans. Republicans, conservatives in particular, dislike education. Limpball dropped out of college the first year. Walker is a college drop out. Other prominent leaders of the wacky right are also short on the education side and short on the smarts side as well.
    The gullibility of FakeNews viewers proves the point.

    • thule February 3rd, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Yet in SoCal, the Westside, one of the more wealthy and liberal areas of LA, the opt out rate for vaccinations in children is over 50%.

      There are idiots in both parties. Neither has the monopoly.

      • fahvel February 3rd, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        silly you – germs don’t bite the rich and famous.

      • rg9rts February 3rd, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        They should also sign an acceptance of liability contract too

      • rg9rts February 3rd, 2015 at 1:32 pm

        They should also sign an acceptance of liability contract too

      • Roctuna February 3rd, 2015 at 7:08 pm

        Monopoly? No, but the right is clearly more idiot-rich. As is their style, the liberals pick and choose the issues to be idiotic on, the right seems to be idiotic across the board.

      • Obewon February 3rd, 2015 at 8:57 pm

        Anti-Vaxers are killing kids & braincells! The L.A. Times reported that the percentage of kindergartens in which at least 8% of students were not fully vaccinated because of the parent’s beliefs had more than doubled since 2007, and private-school parents were likelier to file the PBEs than their public-school counterparts. The paper found that the exemption rate for all of Santa Monica and Malibu was 15%.

        Communities must be immunized at a high rate to avoid widespread disease outbreaks. It is a concept known as herd immunity, and for measles and whooping cough at least 92% of kids need to be immune, experts say.

        • Chinese Democracy February 5th, 2015 at 12:31 am

          a lot of vaxers live in Orange county. Rich people that think giving their kids green tea and quinoa salad will do the trick. Interesting Disney Land is also in Orange county.

    • fahvel February 3rd, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      the 6% are only doing the repug thing as an experiment into psychbabblism.

  3. Bunya February 3rd, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    My guess is vaccinations is a non-issue among the GOP, but since more tax breaks for the rich and privatizing social security talking points aren’t working out too well for them, they’re pushing these non-issues just so they’ll have something to run on.

    • rg9rts February 3rd, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Watching Christies gyrations with his faux pas tends to suggest otherwise. This seems to be evolving into a personal rights issue…a vital core plank in the gopee platform.

  4. rg9rts February 3rd, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Are these scientists those of the flat earth society or the world is 6,000 years old clique

    • tiredoftea February 3rd, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      No,they’re the ones working on the lead into gold problem.

      • Kick Frenzy February 4th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        Hey now… transmutation has more science behind it than any of these other demonstrably false theories.

  5. tiredoftea February 3rd, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Fringe right, meet the fringe left. The rest of knew that you would come together sometime, congratulations!

  6. Suzanne McFly February 3rd, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    The population that chooses not to vaccinate is 50% Republican and 50% Democrat. It is simply a complicated issue where a false study has been printed and reprinted that claimed to show a correlation between autism and vaccinations. This was a study of 12 kids who had prior medical issues, therefore this study was not meeting the standards for a true scientific study. This study came out in 1998 and has been discredited multiple times but people continue to cite this study to support their views and because so few of us look up the citations, no one caught onto this fictional study until it had been disseminated widely among the public.

  7. StoneyCurtisll February 3rd, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Republicans Have A Science Problem…

    Unfortunately the powers that be will not allow us to see the original video.