Tuesday, June 28, 2005

How Long?

Some liberal bloggers have picked up a quote from conservative 'leader' Grover Norquist in a speech he gave at the College Republican National Convention last week. As reported by the Dallas Morning News on Friday night:

"[P]arty strategist Grover Norquist lambasted three Republicans who broke party ranks over the issue of judicial filibusters. He referred to them as 'the two girls from Maine and the nut-job from Arizona' – Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and John McCain."

"Two girls from Maine and the nut-job from Arizona." This from a top party strategist, to a group of young Republicans. What a shining example of exactly the kind of thing that absolutely sickens me about the Republican Party today. Big tent? Sure, if you agree 100% with their demands. Otherwise, it's the woodshed for you.

Ridiculous. I don't feel like this can possibly last much longer.

[Update: McCain's response to this is classic, as quoted in Roll Call: "I assume he wants to provoke us, but it’s hard to work up much interest for someone who in his continued warm embrace of Jack Abramoff is doing a more than adequate job of marginalizing himself. Most Reagan revolutionaries came to Washington to do something more patriotic than rip off Indian tribes." Love it. -- 8:29 a.m.]

[Update: More on this from today's Washington Post: Norquist backed off the "girls from Maine" comment, saying "It was not meant that way. We were talking to a bunch of college kids." Because college kids think of two female senators, both in their fifties, as girls. Riiiight.

And of McCain? Norquist said he "misspoke ... I meant to say gun-grabbing, tax-increasing Bolshevik."

The excellent responses to this gutter-talk from McCain's staff continue: adviser Mark Salter issued a statement saying "John McCain hasn't spent five seconds in his entire life thinking about Grover Norquist. He's not going to start now."

Thank goodness for that. -- 9:33 a.m.]

[Update: A good reminder from a couple of readers: maybe a few minutes thinking about making Norquist testify in the Abramoff hearings would be acceptable ... -- 9:48 a.m.]


At 7:16 AM, Blogger cakreiz said...

Sad- but for what it's worth, the GOP still has an active & participating moderate wing. Can the same be said of the Democrats?

At 9:49 AM, Blogger chris said...

Sure... Biden, Lieberman, Landrieu, Ben Nelson and Salazar to name a few.

The GOP moderates are almost always cowed into submission when it comes time to actually vote. Just look at Chuck Hagel.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Heiuan said...

Yep, they do. Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Salazar from Colorado and a few others. They're regularly bashed by the far left crowd as being DINO's.

As for Norquist...he's a putz.

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Jami said...

absofrigginlutely. not that you'd know it by rush limbaugh. that's why you shouldn't trust rush limbaugh.
a centrist progressive

At 4:52 PM, Blogger cakreiz said...

I'll concede Biden, Lieberman, Nelson, Landrieu and Salazar as Dem moderates. Just when you think you've made a nifty point, there's someone tapping you on the shoulder pointing out your logical flaws. No wonder politicians use so many qualifiers.

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Paul Wartenberg said...

You've got Norquist saying, wait here's a copy/paste... 'And of McCain? Norquist said he "misspoke ... I meant to say gun-grabbing, tax-increasing Bolshevik."'

ARE YOU SERIOUS? NORQUIST SAID THIS??? If he said that Norquist has got to explain why he has a picture of Lenin in his living room.

This is example #497,834 of how national political debate has devolved into flat-out insults. Where are the slander and libel laws anymore...?


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