Our political Quote of the Day says it all about the truly sad, tragic decline of the Republican Party as a party with serious thinkers who weighed both sides and then came to a decision which could be tinged with ideology, but it was a decision based on facts. It’s from freshman House Republican Ted Yoho (FL) and we’ll give you part of the item on Talking Points Memo that brought this to our attention:

The Post has a profile in motion of freshman House Republican Ted Yoho (FL). The focus is how he’s part of the faction who forced John Boehner to trigger the government shutdown and now wants to move along to default on the national debt. How bad will default be? “I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” Yoho told the Post.

Which raises the questions a)are serious, thoughtful Republicans who are now or who have been in power willing to surrender their party to fact-denying ideologues such as these and if they are not then when are they going to speak up? (Bravo to Rep. Peter King). b) if this is the kind of thinking then what does it portend for the United States going into the 21st century if this powerful faction of the Republican Party gains more strength?

JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
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RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
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2 years 11 months ago

It’s one thing to have ignorant wacho birds making up your base but when you send them to congress – that’s another thing.

Cabaret_Voltaire
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Cabaret_Voltaire
2 years 11 months ago
This has been coming for a long time ever since the “religious right” took hold of the GOP decades ago. In this, Goldwater was correct in everything he predicted would happen to the party. The thing about religion taken to a fanatical level is those involved are not “true believers.” These are the people who have a hidden doubt somewhere inside themselves. This is not something known to them on a conscious level. Because at all costs they must unconsciously squash the secret doubt their outward behavior is to purge virtually everything in their path as a proxy for killing… Read more »
Rambie
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Rambie
2 years 11 months ago

I miss the days with both our major political parties were grounded in reality.

JIM SATTERFIELD
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2 years 11 months ago

I think Republican economists reading stuff like this are in danger of having heart attacks because of the blood pressure increase.

RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
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2 years 11 months ago

@Cabaret_Voltaire
The so called “Religious Right” was initially based on anti integration – bigotry. It was not really involved in politics except perhaps on a local level. This is how the likes of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson got their start. Francis Schaefer convinced them to instead concentrate on abortion and become politically active. But the bigotry remained just not out in the open.

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Cabaret_Voltaire
2 years 11 months ago

The bigotry continues on with its incarnation being the Tea Party. It always amazes me that Republicans take offense at any charge of hating Obama due to his race. The “birther movement” would not have happened if Obama were a white man.

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SteveK
2 years 11 months ago
In another thread there was a comment from Moyers & Company that said, And while few explicitly talk about Obama in racial terms, the base supporters are very conscious of being white in a country with growing minorities. Their party is losing to a Democratic Party of big government whose goal is to expand programs that mainly benefit minorities. Race remains very much alive in the politics of the Republican Party. With all the denial of ‘racism’ from the right I think that statement pretty well calls it as it is. And the “I am not a racist” tea-party pretty… Read more »
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sheknows
2 years 11 months ago
I personally am tired of hearing the name Tea Party when used to describe extremist factions of the Republican party. They are no longer separate from the actual party. They ARE the party. They have found acceptance and approval ( inwardly) from the majority. We know this because they would have been over-ruled in votes to shut down the Govt. LOL, the Republicans are about one thing. Obstruction. They have taken over SCOTUS and redistricted the US in their favor now and are in the drivers seat of this country. They would of course LOVE to win the WH in… Read more »
Rip
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Rip
2 years 11 months ago
“..we pretty much know for sure they will take the house again in 2014 due to remapping. All they have to do is sit back and obstruct all Democrat legislation and approve bills to harm the social programs of the country in order to win.” I optimistically disagree I am hoping and, yes, praying that they will lose a few if not enough to lose the house. But, more realistically, they may keep what they have but, I have a hard time believing they will gain anything. On a side note, I am still confused on this Tea party, are… Read more »
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sheknows
2 years 11 months ago
Rip…lol..better hurry before the lines are drawn…this could be getting ugly I just wanted to address the 2014 issue for a moment. I should not state things as though they are a forgone conclusion…my fault. However, after reading some very upsetting articles about the 2010 congressional election I have DEDUCED ( lol) a failure to win the house by Dems. In 2010, there were one and a half MILLION Dem votes more for congressional leaders, and yet , because od redistricting the Republicans won the house by 234 to 201. Now that was back in 2010. Since then, VRA out… Read more »
Rip
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Rip
2 years 11 months ago
Again, my sad but persistent optimism but, I have to believe that even in the republican strong holds there is dissension among the ranks. At the least, if there is a choice of a moderate candidate vs. a Tea party candidate, I think there the moderate will come out victorious. At the most, the districts where we have left leaning republicans and a sprinkling of independents, there may be enough rebellion that a democrat could pull a rabbit out of the hat. What can I say, I would rather go through life optimistic and believe that the human race as… Read more »
sheknows
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sheknows
2 years 11 months ago

That is a healthy attitude Rip.
My 30 yr old daughter said she can’t believe how hard we fought for civil rights back in the 60’s just to have it all ruined now with VRA. As the saying goes sometimes..” everything old is new again”.

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petew
2 years 11 months ago

Forgive me for sounding too religious, but The Republicans today are one of the groups which Jesus may have looked down on from his cross and said, “Forgive them father, they know not what they do,” But while he may be able to forgive their spiritual poverty, I still think the rest of us should do everything possible to keep as many of them out of office in 2014 as possilble, so they will not create a spiritually barren world for all of us, consisting only of billionaires and poverty stricken serfs!

justcowboyway
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justcowboyway
2 years 11 months ago

Mr petew,

Still think that we should call them CINO’S[Christians in name only].

JSpencer
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JSpencer
2 years 11 months ago

Petew, I totally agree with your uncharacteristically abbreviated post. 😉

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