This is no joke. It is not from The Onion and not written by Andy Borowitz. And it shows you how hateful, illogical, and demonizing partisanship has gotten in this country. I can’t even run the usual “Twight Zone” graphic here since its troubling for our democracy. A poll finds a good chunk of Louisiana GOPers blame the governments poor response to Hurricane Katrina on Barack Obama — who wasn’t even President then:

A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office.

The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, provided exclusively to TPM, showed an eye-popping divide among Republicans in the Bayou State when it comes to accountability for the government’s post-Katrina blunders.

Twenty-eight percent said they think former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time, was more responsible for the poor federal response while 29 percent said Obama, who was still a freshman U.S. Senator when the storm battered the Gulf Coast in 2005, was more responsible. Nearly half of Louisiana Republicans โ€” 44 percent โ€” said they aren’t sure who to blame.

It’s truly troubling because this poll is further evidence that logic and facts matter little to many partisans. They will automatically blame and demonize the other party.

Asks Wonkette: “But if Barack Obama is so incompetent, how did he get his hands on that time machine?”

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
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  • slamfu

    Wow. Once again, I am stunned by millions and millions of really stupid people. This poll can not be for real.

  • SteveK

    ‘Dumb’founding… Now just wait five ticks for the right to ‘defend’ the responses with their tried and true meme: It was a trick question asked by a leftie polling group. (PPP)

  • labman57

    If ignorance is bliss, then a significant proportion of Bible Belt conservatives must be in a perpetual state of rapture.

  • JSpencer

    Itโ€™s truly troubling because this poll is further evidence that logic and facts matter little to many partisans.

    I’m not sure how much more of such “evidence” I can take. If the GOP was a television sitcom it would have gone off the air long ago. As it is, they seem to embrace our growing population of dunderheads; perhaps this is their solution to changing demographics.

  • DaGoat

    If the intent was to measure the level of ignorance within parties PPP could have also included a question where Bush was clearly the wrong answer. That they didn’t is consistent with their politics. This poll did what PPP wanted it to do.

    I’m certainly not defending the 29% that said Obama, they are either biased, uninformed or both.

  • I’m soooo hoping this will be proven wrong. How many times have you heard people in both parties say, “I wish people could be less partisan and just judge the facts”. I guess those Republicans in LA just don’t know what the word partisan means. It’s like a stubborn 5 year old who refuses to budge or a rapid football fan who thinks their team is always the best and can do no wrong. I was in New Orleans during Katrina and I think you could ask anyone around there (Republican, Democrat, Independent, Green, etc.) and 95% would have put most of the blame on the lack of response on Bush, the man who they found transcripts and videos of 6 months later saying “everything would be taken care of.”

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”

  • KP

    It was a trick question asked by a leftie polling group. (PPP)

    I agree with Steve, silly question asked by a left leaning group ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dduck

    Do you think the “interviews” Leno does on the street are scripted. The simple questions he poses elicit some dumb or ignorant responses. I hope they are trying to be funny, but I don’t know.

  • cjjack

    The political bias of the polling group in no way changes the fact that nearly a third of the people they polled are idiots. A right-leaning outfit that asked the same question would have come up with the same result.

    You can’t fix stupid, but you sure as hell can measure it.

  • KP

    cjjack, it is awfully strange. Is there still a lot that needs to be done down there eight years after the storm? Bush had three years and stumbled badly out of the chute. Obama has had over four years to make his mark.

    Wasn’t Obama one of fourteen Senators that voted against waiving the Stafford Act for emergency aid to New Orleans? Maybe some of those LA folks judge Obama from 2007 to 2013. Admittedly, I donโ€™t know LA much these days.

  • SteveK

    Wasnโ€™t Obama one of fourteen Senators that voted against waiving the Stafford Act for emergency aid to New Orleans?

    Ah… No actually:

    Fox’s Eric Bolling suggested that President Obama was hypocritical in his criticism of the government’s response to Katrina by claiming Obama voted against waiving a bill that restricted emergency funding while accusing former President Bush of refusing to waive those same funds. But Obama, who strongly supported the measure, voted for a previous version of the bill which would have provided the same relief funds, but also included a timetable for withdrawal from the Iraq war.

    Fortunately I’m sure Kevin will look a little deeper and come back with a non-partisan report. ๐Ÿ™‚

    edit to add: If you follow the link you’ll get the full story… Video and all.

    edit to add II: If you dig a little deeper than Fox News, like maybe a 32th of an inch, the world looks a whole lot different.

  • KP

    Fortunately Iโ€™m sure Kevin will look a little deeper and come back with a non-partisan report. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for answering my question, Steve. I looked at the link. It appears he voted for it before he voted against it (for solid reasons).

  • sheknows

    Over $500M of the the monies given to Katrina victims were shown to be used fraudulently.
    No one in LA was watching the store.

    As for the poll. I am not surprised. I also agree that if you interviewed people on the streets of NY, you would hear some pretty strange answers to political questions of any kind.

  • KP

    If you dig a little deeper than Fox News, like maybe a 32th of an inch, the world looks a whole lot different.

    Ha! Thanks, I had NO idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cjjack

    KP,

    Bush had three years and stumbled badly out of the chute. Obama has had over four years to make his mark.

    I’d counter that when Obama took office, he had a considerably larger disaster to deal with.

  • KP

    I completely agree with you.

    I was trying to put myself in somebody’s shoes who lost everything eight years ago.

  • The_Ohioan

    Silly questions deserve silly answers. Though, to be fair, LA citizens have had 3 years of the Bush administration and even longer of the Obama administration still struggling to help them recover from a 100 year catastrophic event.

    July 2013 – EIGHT YEARS after Katrina. No wonder they’re confused about their government’s poor response.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has cleared the way for the Road Home program to deliver more federal aid to potentially thousands of Louisiana families still struggling to rebuild their homes after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    The new policy changes, pitched by the state agency that oversees the controversial rebuilding program, could provide relief to grant recipients who fell victim to contractor fraud, theft, vandalism, contaminated drywall, another hurricane, a fire, or had to spend their initial grants to pay off outstanding mortgages. They also forgive homeowners who used grants intended for home elevation to repair their homes instead

    .

    http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/07/hud_approves_road_home_policy.html

  • dduck

    What Ohio said.

  • KP

    Exactly, that is the point I made earlier.

  • The_Ohioan

    KP

    Yes, you did. I thought it would bear repeating.

  • zusa1

    “I thought it would bear repeating.”

    I agree.

  • sheknows

    Governments poor response??? When half a billion dollars is taken fraudulently, it rather puts a damper on continued aid!

  • The_Ohioan

    SK

    It’s actually almost $700 million which is unaccounted for that was given for homes to be elevated. They don’t know how many homes actually were elevated, and how many used the money to pay off their mortgages instead and how many used it for living expenses. I would class that as a “poor response”.

    “The state did not have conclusive evidence” that $698.5 million in disaster recovery aid was used to elevate homes, the auditors wrote.

    Louisiana Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes said the state is working to get the homeowners to document their compliance with the program. Forbes said that since August 31, 2012_which is when HUD’s data was collected_more than 5,000 homeowners have done so.

    “We are working aggressively with HUD to get the remaining 19,000 homeowners in compliance,” Forbes said.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/katrina-aid-audit_n_3008857.html

    But to Sen. Coburn it’s $700 million worth of fraud as he looks askance at relief for hurricane Sandy surviors.

  • sheknows

    Much of the Katrina money was also given to phoney homeowners too and to “double dippers”, non-existent clean-up companies, and made up contractors. A real disaster. Some of that may have influenced the Republicans to be more cautious about money for Sandy. Katrina was a “special” instance and “normal” procedures were suspended to fund the victims as quickly as possible. Consequently tons of pork were included. (Something they were very worried about with Sandy). People in Alaska for God’s sake received monies from the pork in Katrina.

    All this tells us is that when given a chance, those in charge will always be as dishonest as they can be with our tax dollars.

  • The_Ohioan

    I’m not as sure as you that everyone in charge will be dishonest but that there are always some recipients who will take advantage (and did) only reinforces the “poor response” many in LA feel about FEMA’s handling of a situation unlike any they’d ever faced before. The fact that it was spread over 8 years and is still going on explains their puzzlement as to which administration to blame more.

    I can’t tell without links what you are referencing about people in Alaska receiving money, but refugees from Katrina fled to many states in the US and received money for living expenses for a while; Alaska might have been one of them.

    There is always a certain amount of fraud when these things happen and Sen. Coburn is right to be cautious, but he shouldn’t be obstructive. Hopefully stricter controls are now in place because we are going to see more and more of these 100 year catastrophic events and some in the very near future. And more charlatans willing to take advantage of desperate people in desperate situations.