Against Everything And For Nothing

December 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Increasingly, it is becoming clear that the party is against everything and for nothing.

Nothing on taxes. Nothing on gun control. Nothing on climate change. Nothing on gay marriage. Nothing on immigration reform (or an incremental, piece-by-piece approach, which will result in nothing). It’s a very odd situation when the losing party is the party refusing to negotiate. It may be how you disrupt, but it is not how you govern, or how you ever hope to regain a majority.

And so, we have a Republican Party today willing to eliminate any prospect for a decent future for anyone, including itself, if it cannot be a future that is 100 percent in accordance with its core beliefs and principles. That’s not governing. That’s just lobbing hand grenades. If you’re only standing on principle to appear taller, then you appear smaller. And the GOP is shrinking daily before our eyes.”

  • Mark McKinnon, former aide to George W. Bush and John McCain, December 24, 2012
  • Source:  The Daily Beast
  • Context: In a piece written for The Daily Beast titled All I Want For Christmas is a New GOP, Republican Mark McKinnon expressed his frustration with the extreme and uncompromising stances of today’s Republican leadership. He warns that if the Republican Party does not change it will “condemn itself to a smaller and smaller base of core supporters and permanent minority status.”
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Less Than Anyone I’ve Met In My Life

December 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run.”

  • Tagg Romney, Mitt Romney’s eldest son, December 22, 2012
  • Source: Boston Globe
  • Context: Tagg Romney told the Boston Globe that his father, Mitt Romney, did not wish to be president and had to be convinced to run. Mitt Romney had been running for President for six years, first as a Republican candidate hopeful during the 2008 election cycle.

Call Me Crazy

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.”

  • Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO, December 23, 2012
  • Source: Meet the Press (includes video)
  • Context: LaPierre doubled down on his statement that the solution to preventing school massacres is to place armed security at every school in the country. Critics have argued that there were armed guards both Columbine High School and Virginia Tech who failed to prevent those massacre. Further criticism contends that if placing armed guards at schools is the solution, they would also have to be placed in all theaters, malls, and other public places where massacres have occurred.

Enough!

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

“This party, not to mince words, is unfit for government. There is no conservative party in the West – except for minor anti-immigrant neo-fascist ones in Europe – anywhere close to this level of far right extremism. And now the damage these fanatics can do is not just to their own country – was the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 not enough for them? – but to the entire world.”

  • Andrew Sullivan, conservative author, commentator, and blogger, December 21, 2012
  • Source: Enough! (The Daily Beast)
  • Context: Andrew Sullivan, a conservative, has recently been at odds with the Republican Party, which he believes is too extreme and incompetent. In his article, titled Enough!, he criticizes the Republican Party’s stance on economic, social, and political issues, calling its members “ideological zealots, indifferent to the consequences of their actions, contemptuous of the very to-and-fro essential for the American system to work, gerry-mandering to thwart the popular will, filibustering in a way that all but wrecks the core mechanics of American democracy.” He goes on to say:

“Enough. This faction and its unhinged fanaticism has no place in any advanced democracy. They must be broken. But the current irony is that no one has managed to expose their extremism more clearly than their own Speaker. His career is over. As is the current Republican party. We need a new governing coalition in the House – Democrats and those few sane Republicans willing to put country before ideology. But even that may be impossible.”

Militarizing Our Schools

December 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

“We need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work — and by that I mean armed security.”

  • National Rifle Association, December 21, 2012
  • Source: CNN
  • Context: The National Rifle Association (NRA) had remained silent since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, in which a gunman killed 27 people, including 20 children. This changed Friday when, amidst renewed debate on stricter gun control laws, the NRA proposed that the solution is not to limit guns, but to instead station armed security at every school in the nation.

Somebody’s Got To Break Ranks

December 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

““I’m a conservative and a Republican, and I believe in the Constitution and all of the amendments. But the reality is, there are restrictions on lots of our freedoms. We cherish the freedom of speech, but it doesn’t give you the right to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.

I have trouble defending a position that says there should be no restrictions on any guns or ammunition, and this slippery slope argument that if you allow the slightest bit of [gun] control, then that’s the start of taking away all our freedoms.

Somebody’s got to break ranks on one side or the other, it seems to me, and talk in a rational and thoughtful way, which will probably come with great risk to whoever does that. I imagine a Republican who speaks on this will probably be opposed in their next election.”

  • Mark DeMoss, head of The Demoss Group, December 15, 2012
  • Source: Politico
  • Context:  DeMoss, a Christian conservative public relations executive and former Romney adviser, came out in support of stricter gun control measures in an interview with Politico.

I’ll Accept No Lectures

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

“I’ll accept no lectures about “sensitivity” on days of tragedy like today from people who work the other 364 days of the year against any attempt to prevent such tragedies.”

  • David Frum, December 14, 2012
  • Source: Daily Beast
  • Context: In a piece written for The Daily Beast titled “Every Day is the Day to Talk About Gun Controlm,” he criticized those who have tried to curb criticism of United States gun laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting that resulted in the deaths of 27 people, 20 of them children.

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