Sorry, Newt ~ It is You and Your Audiences That Are Despicable!

I have to admit that I have not been able to subject myself to all of the Republican debates to date, but I have caught a few of them. Last time we saw the latest in this string of reality show events where the actors onstage are filled with faux indignation and outrage and the audiences jump to their feet in a crescendo of applause at the hypocrisy spewed by their favorite bigot.

big·ot  (bgt)


One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ. ~ Dictionary by Farlex

What we have to remind ourselves is that these audiences are stacked and are not representative of the state’s populations as a whole. They do not even represent the conservative residents of these various states. They are hand chosen by the handlers of these “shows” who manipulate and orchestrate the events in every possible way.

I received an email from a reader who attends college in Florida where this road show will be appearing on Monday in Tampa Bay as they ramp up for the Florida primaries. Here is some of what he shared with me…

“The Republican “candidates” are coming to “debate” (again) at our school on Monday.  They’ve already started the security stuff, and it’s already starting to create all sorts of havoc.

Some of this can be found on our school newspaper, the USF Oracle (check out the link – there is some reporting on the situation there).  Here’s what is not being said:

Most of the reason why students have difficulty with getting tickets to the “show” is because they don’t want any protesters or Democrats to show up.  We do have a popular and rather strong Occupy presence here (many of the social science students really support Occupy, along with a LOT of the professors)…the security is set up in such a way that any protests will be hard to do within earshot (or where the Media will easily notice).  I’ve heard that outside groups and donors (often dominionist supporting or flat-out dominionist) are the ones getting the tickets – the tickets are supposed to be mostly going to known “Good Republicans” like the wealthy people of Tampa Bay.

I do not intend to go to school at all on Monday.  I don’t want to deal with that mess!  If there is anything of value here, pass it along…” ~ (Anonymous in Tampa at his request)

I am hearing this same story from others who are in locations that are hosting these GOP debates. Every year politics becomes more a manufactured production that is all about scripting and show. Cherry-picking audiences to avoid the possibility of potential critics or even legitimate questions that they are not comfortable with is not new to the republican campaign architects. All politicians are staged on both sides of the aisle, but to shut people out from attending rallies and public events is cowardly. If their messages are authentic why do they feel they have to insulate themselves?

I understand that these debate productions are becoming more staged each election year in order to portray a false sense of resounding support and that if they were open attendance there would not be camera shots of people jumping to their feet to applaud their outrageous remarks.

  • They booed when member of our military asked a question of the then 9 candidates because he is gay
  • They applauded when Herman Cain blame the poor and unemployed for being poor and unemployed
  • They applauded when Ron Paul was asked about letting an uninsured coma patient die
  • They applauded pro-life Texas Governor Rick Perry’s record of 235 executions
  • They booed when there was resistance to not blaming ALL Muslims for terrorism
  • They cheered when Newt Gingrich called for an end to child labor laws

These are just a sampling of the blood-lust that emanates from the GOP debate audiences. These hateful sentiments are destructive to America. What is happening? When did these behaviors become acceptable? To mock the poor, relish in other people’s sufferings who are sick, dying, unemployed or homeless? To put our children to work as young as five? To openly discriminate against homosexuals, minorities and non-Christians?

Which brings me to my last observation for now…that these are also the very same people who arrogantly believe they have the lock on faith. That if you are not a republican – you cannot call yourself a Christian. The same people who drooled over the impeachment hearings of President Bill Clinton but stand by their man, Newt Gingrich, whose marital infidelities are as abundant as his girth. Newt…the same man who was having an affair with his staffer, Calista while he was Speaker of the House and championing the call to impeach Clinton.

Hypocrites abound in politics whether liberal or conservative. But it is the self-appointed moral guardians who run as Republicans who propose restrictions on the social freedoms of all Americans. How much hubris does one have to have to absolve their own heinous behaviors and then go forth and preach social values to the rest of us as Newt and 3rd wife Calista have done in their “Rediscovering God in America” films?

At least the Democrats have the decency to refrain from telling the rest of us how we can live, who we can love and how much say we have regarding decisions affecting our own bodies. About the Author – Leah L. Burton

29 Replies to “Sorry, Newt ~ It is You and Your Audiences That Are Despicable!”

  1. You forgot one of the audiences horrible reaction. They pooed Juan Williams, an African American just for asking the question.

  2. Well, look on the bright side — the Republican Party is showing its repulsively dirty laundry (bigotry, racism, hatred, immorality) for the rest of America to see. I’d say you should worry less about these debates influencing voters, and be pleased that their garbage is out in the open.

  3. Yes, Inga – there are many more. I had to limit it to a few samples.

    Maybe we can have others leave comments with additional examples of this hideous behavior. These people are truly un-American.

  4. It is getting to the point where the presstitutes will have trouble pretending those things dangling from the candidates’ open flies are just fig leaves.

  5. It is not about worrying, it is about pointing out how far in the gutter things are going. As I said, we don’t operate in a vacuum and the rest of the world is watching.

    Secondly, these politicians are pandering to the crowds that are hand-picked for them. It does please me that this is too blatant to ignore, but these people do not represent many, many secular conservatives in this country. My point is how extreme this is…

  6. I wonder if the GOP is seeking out Freepers and Moonbatteries to pack their audiences (in addition, these types are violent, and would tend to silence dissenting parties who managed to get in).

  7. I’d have to suggest that those secular conservatives should be joining the Democratic Party which, by any First World standard, is conservative (perhaps even fiscally more so than socially). The GOP has become, by those same standards, a far reichwing entity that past GOP Presidents such as Eisenhower, Reagan and GHW Bush would reject outright.

    Well, that’s the way this outsider sees it, anyway…..

  8. This is some excellent insight into why the media hype is so hyped! Any little spark turns into a bomb, and it explodes all over the news outlets and Net. There needs to be more reactions from the silent majority. The ways the media plays it, all we see are the staged reactions. Where are the real reactions? From what we see and hear, and are allowed to see and hear, anyone who, isn’t a rich, white, straight male, GOP and his submissive mate and their offspring, they want the rest of die. Go find these people their own planet, already! There they can screw it up as much as they want to their own delight. So long as the sane people save the plants and animals first.

  9. I agree! Reagan would be too liberal for this incarnation of the GOP. Many of those secular Rs have shifted and voted D – my lifetime Republican father is a testament to that.

  10. I wouldn’t wish them on ANY innocent planet!!! They’d find some way to

    Seriously… I wonder how many students are going to avoid school Monday because of this cr*p. I plan to avoid the area.

  11. OOOPS… something happened to half a sentence!

    “They’d find some way to screw up even a airless, barren moon!”

  12. We speak out here on Politicususa. And I know the main stream media is not going to, but where is the silent non racist, non bigoted, non hating majority here in the US??????????

  13. I agree with Reynardine that the audiences make me afraid that some dissenter will actually get into the debate but get beaten by the crowd. These people have no shame.

  14. I don’t wish that on any dissenter, especially since the outcome could be crippling, disfiguring, or fatal, but if it happens, I hope it happens right in front of the press cameras.

  15. Courtesy of David Atkins in “South Carolina Values” over at Hullabaloo, here’s a nice quote from Thomas Schaller:

    “Other Deep South states may stake their own claims, but South Carolina is America’s most conservative state. From a strictly constitutional-historical standpoint, its legacy of firsts and lasts reads like a rap sheet: first to overturn a provincial government during the revolutionary period; last to abandon the Atlantic slave trade; first to call for nullifying the Constitution’s federal authority; first to secede from the Union; last to abolish the white primary; first to litigate against the intregration of public schools and challenge the Voting Rights Act. Whenever America finds itself at some social or political crossroad and in need of direction, perhaps the best things to do is ask, “What would South Carolina do?” And then do the opposite.”

  16. Absolutely. The cameras catching police beating OWS protesters is what IMO caught the attention of the media. For way too long the movement was kind of invisible but once Oakland happened, and then Seattle, and others, people started paying attention not only to the beatings but also to the message that made people willing to take the chance on being beaten. I haven’t been watching the debates, just reading transcripts later, but the crowd responses throughout have made me feel sick. These are Americans hating on Americans.

  17. “relish in other people’s sufferings who are sick” – No; RELISH, or REVEL IN, other people’s suffering {no “s”]; “who are sick” is kind of hanging there, too – better would be: Revel in the suffering of sick people

    “How much hubris does one have to have to absolve their own heinous behaviors” – No; absolve HIS own heinous behavior {no “s”].

    Otherwise, great article. Really. And good content shouldn’t be brought down by iffy grammar.

  18. Newt Gingrich, his audience, and all of his ilk are among the most contemptible Americans in this country. As much as I despise Willard Willard for his bloodless, heartless greed for wealth no matter whom he hurts, I despise Nasty Newt at least as much for his pandering to the basest prejudices of his supporters and his audience. In his case, I also believe those are his sentiments. These fools want him to get the nomination, because they believe he will get in President Obama’s face with his confrontational nastiness. They like the idea of braying alpha male jacka$$es for leaders, apparently oblivious to the fact that he and they are embarassments to the United States around the globe. I am only glad that they are not representative of South Carolinians as a whole.

  19. The moderators of these debates should make it known just who the people in the audience are, their party affiliation, etc, and pan over them more. Somehow they are giving the impression (quite wrongly) that these nasty people represent the mind-set of America. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the media is playing this white-rage thing up just for ratings.

  20. I agree, but sadly, this is more about performance art and profits than serving the interests of the public. It does, without a doubt, skew the perspective of those who watch. Granted…most Americans really don’t watch and we have to keep that perspective. I can speak for myself and others that I know that we represent a minority who monitor politics as a sport with real consequences.

    These debates have produced hideous statements representing an undercurrent that is permeating “conservative” politics and are not the sentiment of “Eisenhower Republicans”.

    WE have a breed of “social conservatives” perpetuated by the media who refuses to call them what they are – extremists. Their views do NOT reflect most conservatives and this reckless rhetoric is contributing to the divide in this country more than any other factor on a national level.

  21. Oh by the way….@ “jmaid” – a partial definition of ‘relish’:

    relish [ˈrɛlɪʃ]
    vb (tr)
    1. to savour or enjoy (an experience) to the full
    2. to anticipate eagerly; look forward to

    …and that was my point

    rev·el (rvl)
    intr.v. rev·eled also rev·elled, rev·el·ing also rev·el·ling, rev·els also rev·els
    1. To take great pleasure or delight: She reveled in her unaccustomed leisure.
    2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.

    And my question is…your point?

  22. Looks like jmaid’s point was grammatical, not disagreeing with using the word “relish,” but advocating using it in a proper construction: one revels in something, and one relishes something. If using the word “relish,” then your phrase should read, “To mock the poor, relish other people’s sufferings….” Alternatively, you could write “To mock the poor, revel in other people’s sufferings….”

    Like jmaid, I applaud your article and its pointing out some outrageous hypocrisy, and I also see where it could be even better, with some closer attention to grammatic or linguistic detail (for instance, in your bulleted list, the second item beginning with “They booed” says the opposite of what you probably meant to say, due to the common problem of ‘multiple negative tangle’). Thanks for writing this passionate article.

  23. F Joy…this is truly about economics and we just simply do not have that pull…BUT it is NO excuse for us not coming forward and speaking out. I have personally seen it time and time again that when an individual (including my own experience) comes forward…politicians really listen.

    One of the things that frustrates me is that too many buy into the sales pitch that “your vote doesn’t matter”. Well, guess who promotes that BS? Think about who that serves…and then take a look at who actually votes. It is a sad commentary…

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