Is "Truther" Becoming the Ultimate Insult?
I was amused to see this post over at the American Prospect, where several new species of Truthers have been observed:
It might be easy to believe we're approaching Peak Trutherism, what with good old-fashioned birthers now being supplemented by BLS truthers and poll truthers. But just you wait—should Barack Obama win this election, we'll see an explosion of election trutherism that will be truly unprecedented in scope. In the meantime, we can content ourselves with the newest variant, Nate Silver trutherism, which isn't coming just from conservatives.BLS Truthers are those who think the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been cooking the books on the unemployment rate to make Obama look good. Poll Truthers believe that the pollsters have been doing the same thing for the same reason. Ditto with Nate Silver Truthers; they think the NY Times blogger has been overstating the odds of an Obama victory next Tuesday.
But note the scorn that the "Truther" term is clearly intended to imply; in the past they might simply have used the word "Morons".
I do think that no matter who wins on Tuesday, there will be an explosion of conspiracy theories from the losing camp. And the other side will no doubt call them "Election Truthers." :)