Here's a transcript of the really important part:
Woman: [Shouts] "Burn the books!" [applause]Hopefully the Richmond City Police and Virginia Commonwealth University Police will be able to protect VCU's library from these folks when they pay Richmond a visit on April 15th.
Man: "I don’t think you were serious about that, were you?"
Woman: "I am too."
Man: "Burn all the books?!"
Woman: "The ones in college, those, those brainwashing books."
Man: "[laughs] Brainwashing books?"
Man: "Which ones are those?"
Woman: "Like, the evolution crap, and, yeah..."
You've got an amazing variety of conservatives gathered in this little coffee shop. The Constitution Party. The Libertarian Party. Some guy who seems to be repeating John Birch Society talking points. A woman who advocates for the burning of books. This is the so-called "Tea Party" movement.
Now consider: the organizers of the Chicago Tea Party told Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele that if he showed up he would NOT be allowed to speak. The Republican Party is being rejected by the far right wing, even as the Republican Party leaders are doing everything they can to move their party farther to the right in order to pander to them. Meanwhile, that pandering is turning off moderates.
People who--a few years ago--would have described themselves as "moderate Republicans" are leaving the party because they don't want to be associated with people like the people in this video. Some of these people are joining the Libertarian Party, most are just calling themselves independents. On the other end of the Republican spectrum, far right conservatives are exiting the party for more extremist fringe third parties. The result? The Republican base is literally crumbling. The Republican Party will soon be a regional party limited to the South, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and Alaska.
A final thought for any Republicans who may be reading this:
"Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen." (Where they have burned books, they will in the end burn people.) — Heinrich Heine
Hat tip: Little Green Footballs by way of Below the Beltway.