Welcoming Ken Duberstein to the Traitors’ List

Welcome aboard, Mr. Duberstein — you “former Reagan Chief of Staff and longtime GOP insider” you. With Pressler and Mathias, that makes three more of us this week alone.

And so on … as Mr. Vonnegut (were he still alive) might conclude.

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THE LIST

Susan Eisenhower, Christopher Buckley, Alison Goldwater Ross, C.C. Goldwater, Francis Fukuyama, Larry Hunter, William Weld, David Friedman, Charles Fried, Arne Carlson, Ken Adelman, Doug Kmiec, Wayne Gilchrest, Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee, Lowell Weicker, Linwood Holton, Jim Whitaker, Bill Ruckelshaus, Dennis Sanders, Larry Pressler, Charles Mathias Jr., Ken Duberstein

Author: PETE ABEL

12 Comments

  1. “Breakfast Of Champions”

    That book does remind me of the GOP quite a bit in fact..

  2. Great head, Pete.

    Mr. Vonnegut, as well as Mr. Rosewater, surely are smiling from that better place.

  3. You do not include Scott McClellan in your list.

  4. Et Tu, Duberstein? :-)

    JMHO, but I think these conservatives are not only expressing dissatisfaction with McCain, Palin and their campaign tactics, but with the direction the GOP has taken during the last 8 years. I was always surprised at how little conservatives spoke out during the Bush years. Now they are seizing the opportunity to jump off the bow of the Titanic.

  5. I didn't see my name on that list. I'm a neocon. I will vote FOR Obama. Those banners at the convention in St. Paul should have read “MYpersonalpoliticalambitionsFIRST”

  6. Duberstein supposedly was the guy who gulled GHWB to renege on his “read my lips, no new taxes” promise and effectively helped scuttle a second term for Papa Bush. GHWB shouldn't have been so stupid as to take Dubie's word that calling a tax hike by another name would remove the sting.

    Bubba J. Clinton thanks Dubie every day for the inside job he did back in '91.

  7. And so it goes.

  8. Interesting comment Dave. I like how you throw it out there with no care to source it at all…just a random “supposedly”. I guess that's how one can come up with smears about Obama too. “Supposedly, he's a muslim!” “Supposedly, he pals around with terrorists!” “Supposedly, he's a liber-social-marxist!”

    Keep convincing yourself that all these Republicans are “traitors” to the cause in some way…there's no quicker way to marginalize your party than to “purify” it.

  9. After Tuesday, we won't hear anything more about Obama being a muslim, a socialist and a terrorist because he'll have lost the election. The polls are wrong. McCain is about to rub the smirk right off of BO's giraffe-like face. Do you really think American voters are going to elect a snake oil salesman like BO? Don't count on it. We know better.

    Remember the election in 2006?

    A little over one year ago:
    1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
    2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
    3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.
    Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
    1) Consumer confidence plummet;
    2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $4.10 a gallon;
    3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
    4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
    5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
    6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
    7) Food prices skyrocketing over 30% in 1 year.

    America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

    Remember, it is Congress that makes the laws and spends our money -not the President. He has to work with what's handed to him.

    Taxes…Whether Democrat or a Republican you will find these statistics enlightening and amazing.
    http://www.taxfoundation.org/p.....w/151.HTML

    Taxes under CLINTON-1999 Taxes under BUSH-2008
    Single earning: Single earning:
    30K – taxed- $ 8,400 30K – taxed $ 4,500
    50K – taxed $ 14,000 50K – taxed $ 12,500
    75K – taxed $ 23,250 75K – taxed $ 18,750
    Married earning: Married earning:
    60K – taxed $ 16,800 60K – taxed $ 9,000
    75K – taxed $ 21,000 75K – taxed $ 18,750
    125K – taxed $ 38,750 125K – taxed $ 31,250

    Barack Obama promises to return to the higher tax rates if elected.

  10. The GOP will be much improved by drumming out East Coast elite traitors like Duberstein, Weld, & Chaffee. A new GOP will be better serverd by leaving these weak-kneed sisters to the other party and rebuilding our coalition with “Reagan Democrat” populists, Hawks, Social Conservatives, and repudiating GWB's “big government conservativism” to be replaced by advocates of small government and personal responsibility. Out with the Quislings! The Dems are welcome to the pondscum

  11. So what happened to your prediction. You want to blame 8 years of failed policy on a Democratic House over a 2 year period! Get serious. What about the Republican Senate during that same period? Where were they? What were they doing? Do you know that Senator John McCain missed more votes in the senate than any other senator in the history of the U.S. Senate, and he is not done missing votes yet!

    Get real about who is to blame and get serious about supporting our new President-Elect as he starts to clean up the mess….! You can yourself “im4america2″. Your comments don't fit the handle!

  12. You're declaring victory without BO serving one day in office?

    Missing votes? Hell, I'd be happy if they all missed every vote. The
    economic issues we're experiencing began way back in the Clinton
    administration when we erased all the banking legislation that brought
    out of the great depression. Clinton had the line item veto and failed
    to use it. Bush never had the line item veto and suffered from it.

    Yes, the Republicans did have a period of time in which they had more
    clout but didn't have the votes to reinstate banking regulations. In
    2003, Bush warned Congress about the issues we were going to face but
    no one cared. Instead, Congress forced banks to take on high risk
    loans regardless of eminent default in order to boost the personal home
    ownership, new home sales and property values. Banks had no choice but
    to lend money to those who could not afford them.

    The Republican Congress isn't without fault. I never said so. Without
    the line item veto, Bush had no power to force change on the Democrats
    in Congress AND the Republicans in his own party. Bush will take the
    fall on all of this but the real reason we are screwed is that Congress
    had full power to spend at will, legislate without oversight and force
    legitimate banks into writing default ready loans.

    I really don't understand why you'd celebrate the fact that your hard
    earned money will be spent covering up Congress' greed and misuse of
    power? If you think this economy will be fixed with more spending
    versus discipline and reinstating the banking regulations we had in
    place prior to Bill Clinton, you are sadly mistaken.

    The same Washington insider-snake oil salesmen who handed us this mess
    are back in power. BO's administration is Bill Clinton's
    administration. The Change is more like Change Back and BO is nothing
    more than their puppet. His handlers have already been making all his
    decisions. Haven't you been paying attention?

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