“There’s a silent majority out there [supporting the legislation], I believe."- State Senator Kevin Bacon
[Source: Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2011]
So silent that they apparently weren’t picked up by the latest Quinnipiac and PPP polls. Seriously, absent a poll from an outfit that begins with an R and rhymes with Assmussen, this would be the most silent invisible majority in the history of public polling.
In case Chairman Bacon has forgotten, the ONLY reason Kasich would be polling this bad is due to opposition to SB 5. Only one poll came out after Kasich’s budget was released, and that was Quinnipiac. There hasn’t been any polling data—none—to suggest that there is a “silent majority” who supports SB 5.
As this article on Wikipedia notes, before Nixon used the phrase in 1969 in his speech to the nation as to why he was escalating the Vietnam War he campaigned to end, the phrase had a much different political meaning. During the 19th century the phrase “silent majority” was a euphemism for “the dead.”
So maybe Bacon meant it that way. I mean, after all, all the polling so far has only polled live people.
What’s the word for people who believe in the existence of alternative reality as being real and one that is factually based and objectively observable as being unreal. Oh, yeah… delusional, that’s the word.