Since Mark is making all these declarations about what the Republican base must obviously believe, let's examine the actions of the Democrat base and see what they must obviously believe.
Let's start with what they know. As always, the right will be held to a higher standard than the left, so I'll limit myself to things that "I didn't know _________!" on a given subject would be as absurd as saying, "I didn't know professional wrestling was fake!"
1. They know that their party's House Financial Services Committee Chairman, House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman, House Speaker, Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Chairman, Senate Rules Committee Chairman, are all flat-out crooks, and make very little attempt to hide it.
2. They know that one of their primary fundraising organizations is wholly owned by a multibillionaire who makes no attempt to hide the fact that he manipulates the organization, and thus Democrat Party policy, for his own purposes.
3. They know that that one of their primary "activist" organizations is under indictment for voter registration fraud in a dozen states, and that this same organization is going to be given quite a bit of authority over the census, which determines what? Oh, just unimportant things like Congressional districting, electoral votes, stuff like that.
4. They know their party's current leader chose someone as Attorney General who declines to prosecute people caught on video engaging in blatant voter intimidation. Whether it's because the thugs in question were his same party or his same ethnicity is immaterial, it's quite obvious that the AG has neither the desire nor any intention of impartially enforcing the law. They also know this same leader nominated a Supreme Court Justice who demanded a case be judged on the race of those involved rather than on its merits.
5. They know that nothing the aforementioned leader says can be taken at face value. Nothing. I was before Single Payer before I was against it, the stimulus was not intended as a stimulus, you can start blaming me for the economy right now but it's your mess, there will be no lobbyists in my administration except for almost the entirety of my cabinet, it's time to embrace science rather than superstition even though my "science czar" is a eugenicist, everything will be discussed on C-SPAN and there will be a full debate and five full days for the American people to see the bill cos it's all about transparency (although the Republicans will be locked out of most of the process, I'll refuse FOIA requests, and I'll insist that the bills are too important to actually read them before I demand your unequivocal support), we must have a full and open debate on the issues while my senior advisor unleashes union thugs on my opponents, we have to get clear of the lies, disinformation, misinformation and distraction even though I'm pressuring the CBO to fudge their figures when they disagree with me....
...I could go on, but you see the point.
6. They know that this same leader produced more deficit in six months than every other President combined in the entire history of the Republic, all while preaching fiscal responsibility.
Okay, that's the highlights of what the Democrat base pretty much cannot help but know. And yet what quality, more than any other single factor, defines the difference between Republicans and Democrats? It is this:
When Republicans find out one of their leaders is making no real attempt to "walk the walk" (Ted Stevens is a good example) the base calls for him to be thrown out.
When Democrats find out one of their leaders is making no real attempt to "walk the walk" (Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Murtha, Jackson, Rangel, Waters... sheesh, pick one) the base either defends him by demonizing his/her critics or says "So what?" and ignores it.
I'll do links if you ask, but this is already very long and 5 seconds on google will provide you all you want.
What conclusions can we draw from this? There are really only two choices:
a) The Democrat base fully shares the corrupt, "it's all about my power, my perks, screw everybody who gets in the way, I don't give a shit if it's legal or not" mindset of the leaders they choose, or
b) The Democrat base considers ethics, honesty and the rule of law at best indifferent if not actually destructive to the process of good government.
I'm going to email that to a few Leftist co-workers of mine who've been accusing the right of lying about socialized health care.