Republican Focus Group or The Onion? You Decide


    I kept waiting for Frank Luntz to stop, turn to the camera, and say “Hahahahahaha, you guys didn’t think this was SERIOUS, did you?”  He doesn’t, of course, because incredibly, this is not a joke. These are real Republicans in a real focus group (for Faux “News”), and they’re really saying the bats*** crazy s*** they’re saying. Can we say “Total Obama Derangement Syndrome?” How about just “completely bonkers?” That, boys and girls, is today’s Republican Party. Ugh.

    P.S. Speaking of bats*** crazy, check this out:

    Claiming that “eco-extremists” want to force people to move into “feudalistic transit villages,” a Virginia tea party leader is attacking Virginia’s conservative House speaker for supporting a policy that loosens government regulation over development in some areas of the state.


    The claim that any of this would take anyone out of any homes is so ridiculous as to be laughable, except for the fact that the tea party groups have acquired significant influence over national and state legislators.

    Scary times we live in, when people who formerly would have been on the lunatic fringe of American politics – John Birch Society, etc. – are now actually listened, taken seriously, and even elected to Congress and state legislatures across the country. Is this how Rome and other great empires declined, by turning into idiocracies?

    • Clearly he’s not connecting with these people who live in an alternate universe!

    • Education failure.

    • aznew

      It’s one thing to read a poll indicating that 30% of Republicans (or whatever the number is) think the President is secretly a Muslim. It’s quite another to see it in action.

      I’ll tell you one thing Luntz had right — we haven’t heard the last of this videotape in the media yet.

      I hope, however, that the story line will not be simply that one-third of Republican caucus goers are demonstrable kooks, but rather the more serious problem of either party governing in a representative democracy when such a significant portion of the electorate is beyond reason.

    • pontoon

      the United States?  I’m truly amazed at their ignorance.

    • JimWebster

      How did Luntz get a crowd this deranged? I used to know some Iowans and this doesn’t seem at all representative. But maybe things have changed, not for the better.

    • Teddy Goodson

      Stop looking for a rational explanation, such as “failure of education,” or “they are batsh*t crazy,” none of which tell us how to deal with this frughtening example of the inability of a people to govern themselves. These delusions are an example of exactly the same thought processes used in the Middle Ages to “prove” witchcraft. IMO it is a condemnation of religion and the so-called religious impulse. The hindbrain triumphant.

      It is, I mean, magical thinking, which also underlies so much of the neoliberal foreign policy of the Republican right, and, for that matter, so-called Friedman economics, which also can be made to sound rational and God-given, so long as you stay within its frame.

      It is this sort of mindset (if it can be so dignified) which causes one to re-consider the classical notion that “the masses” of people can and must only be led by benevolent strong men, you know, those autocrats who say things such as “My subjects are just like children, I must care for them”—- The Tsar as the Little Father.

      The only response has to be an emotional counterattack. It is as if Americans want to commit national suicide. God help us all.  

    • Teddy Goodson

      to an experiment (another experiment, that is) which seems to suggest that perhaps human beings are DE-volving:

      Kind of humiliating, wouldn’t you say?