Iowa GOP Focus Group: Obama Is A Muslim

This roughly two-minute excerpt from a Frank Luntz focus group segment on Fox News Channel last night was, well, quite eye-opening:

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  1. reid says:

    Luntz must be quite proud of his handiwork.

  2. reid says:

    And by handiwork, I mean a roomful of people that are proudly hateful and regurgitate rightwing talking points.

  3. Eddy says:

    Had there been a teleprompter joke thrown in there, we’d have made a BINGO.

  4. David says:

    Wow. Ignorance sure is white in Iowa. And Ignorant.

  5. Franklin says:

    This is truly fringe. There’s more evidence that he was born in Kenya than there is that he’s a Muslim. Okay, okay, there’s the same amount of evidence – zero.

  6. Herb says:

    And yet academia has a liberal bias…..

  7. Frankie says:

    They must have recruited this bunch directly from the Glenn Beck audience

  8. mantis says:

    This is truly fringe.

    For Republicans, it’s mainstream.

  9. Robert Tully says:

    How is liberalism the most intolerant of all?

    As it is the very definition of belief in equal rights, wouldn’t it be more aptly described as the most tolerant of all?

    Why does it make a difference if he is muslim or a muslim sympathizer? I would say its easily just as dangerous to be a christian or a christian sympathizer. You both have killed senselessly over the last two thousand years, you both have your extremists and your moderates. Both your religions are based on the same god, in fact you share half each others holy books. Both religions, believe it or not, propose to be based on peace and love.

    my favorite part is the “good america does in the world”

    as an actual provider of that “good” in the middle east, believe me when I say these people could have done without it.

    I see most of the comments agree with my side but I’m writing this in hopes someone from that audience will see this and, just for a second, consider educating themselves before speaking.

  10. Marvin says:

    dumb MFers need to be called dumb MFers. there’s too much patience for this kind of shiz.

  11. Liadan says:

    They haven’t a clue about Egypt, Islam, or Democracy. If Obama comes out against Mubarek and Mubarek wins, we’ve lost an ally. If he comes out definitely against he Muslim Brotherhood or any Moslems, America is also screwed. He has to play a very careful game right now and these idiots want chest pounding and branch welding. Do they want us at war in Egypt as well?

  12. TK says:

    He’s a Muslin? He’s cheap fabric for creating clothes designs?

  13. Tom Rial says:

    I am from Iowa and sadly, this type of thinking runs rampant among too many conservative Iowa Republicans. It’s embarrassing.

    However, even worse is Speaker Boehner’s refusal to simply say to these Iowans “You are wrong.” (see his Meet the Press moment on Sunday).