I've updated the Basic National Stupidity Rate, which is currently 48.19 percent. The BNSR is a simple calculation of the average percentage of the popular vote received by the Republican presidential candidate in the elections of 2000, 2004 and 2008. For the sake of simplicity we'll round it to 48.2 percent. Any Republican, regardless of how pathetic he is, should receive at least 48.2 percent of the votes in any national election. McCain and Palin dragged the average down from 49.28 by being blown out in 2008.