Quote(s) of the year

QUOTE(S) OF THE YEAR…. Ben Smith reports this afternoon on an email he received from a Republican consultant who recently helped run a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state.

Participants were shown a television ad, which hasn’t aired anywhere, that was a “no-hold-bars attack” on Barack Obama, the kind of spot the right is clamoring for. The consultant said the responses included some of the “most unreal moments of my professional life.”

Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he’s too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON’T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT…but they STILL don’t give a f***. They said right out, “He won’t do anything better than McCain” but they’re STILL voting for Obama. […]

54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, Nascar fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”

The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”

I felt like I was taking crazy pills.

There’s a very good reason so many Republicans are so nervous right now.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.