From No More Mister Nice Blog (bold facing is, as usual, a gift from your local management):

I’m sure I’ve said this a thousand times, but the unreported story of our times is that birtherism isn’t an isolated example of paranoid lunacy taking hold of a disturbingly large segment of the population — in fact, modern conservatism is driven by multiple lunatic theories that are precisely as delusional as birtherism. In this case, except in a few deep-blue states and cities, both major parties have simply handed over control of policy on a major issue to an organization that believes utterly paranoid things. We let the paranoids have all the power on this issue even though people die as a result. It’s as if we turned control of NASA over to people who think the moon landing was faked, or science education over to people who don’t believe in evolution. Oh, wait, we also do that last one in a lot of locales, don’t we?