Republicans are sick fucks

Republicans — of the USA variety — are sick fucks:

I attended Frank Luntz’s dial group of 30 undecided—or sort of undecided—Republicans in St. Petersburg, Florida, last night…and it was a fairly astonishing evening.

Now, for the uninitiated: dials are little hand-held machines that enable a focus group member to register instantaneous approval or disapproval as the watch a candidate on TV.

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In the next segment—the debate between Romney and Mike Huckabee over Huckabee’s college scholarships for the deserving children of illegal immigrants—I noticed something really distressing: When Huckabee said, “After all, these are children of God,” the dials plummeted. And that happened time and again through the evening: Any time any candidate proposed doing anything nice for anyone poor, the dials plummeted (30s). These Republicans were hard.

But there was worse to come: When John McCain started talking about torture—specifically, about waterboarding—the dials plummeted again. Lower even than for the illegal Children of God. Down to the low 20s, which, given the natural averaging of a focus group, is about as low as you can go. Afterwards, Luntz asked the group why they seemed to be in favor of torture. “I don’t have any problem pouring water on the face of a man who killed 3000 Americans on 9/11,” said John Shevlin, a retired federal law enforcement officer. The group applauded, appallingly.

I have mixed feelings about the USA. On the one hand there’s Silicon Valley, MIT, Bill Clinton, Democrats, California, scientists, some of the world’s best technology companies, venture capitalists, startups, etc. And on the other hand there’s religious nutters, creationists, Republicans, Texas, George Bush, televangelists, Blackwater, guys who bomb abortion clinics, and other assorted filth.

Maybe the best thing that could happen would be if the Red states and Blue states divorced. Then the Blue states could, along with Canada, Australia and Japan, join the EU (they’d probably have to give it a new name — how about “United Democratic Nations”). And the Red states could go their own way and do whatever they wanted

(via Balloon Juice)

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4 Responses to Republicans are sick fucks

  1. WoKonapa says:

    I have no defense of Republicans. However, you may be misreading the polls. The methods of helping the poor may be the motivation of disapproval rather than the people themselves.

    But you’re right, the association with Televangelists discredits republicans or anyone who supports them. The world would be better off without them.

  2. Chris Cooke says:

    Nice idea, except that the first thing the red states would do would be to invade the blue states and kill everyone living there…

  3. cabalamat says:

    the first thing the red states would do would be to invade the blue states and kill everyone living there

    doubt it, for a start the blue states have most of theechnology, so they’d be more advanced.

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