In Need Of A Bigger Boat

Embarrassed Republican thought to be former Senator and UN Ambassador, John Danforth, commenting on the 2012 GOP presidential race

So it isn’t just us.

Via Think Progress:

DANFORTH:  “What have been the big applause lines in these debates? Well, a statement that the governor of Texas is responsible for killing 234 people on death row. Or that we favor torture. Or that we’re creating a fence on the Mexican border that electrocutes people when they try to cross it.  Or when people show up at the emergency room at hospitals and they’re not insured don’t treat them. And that, I mean these are the big applause lines, people just hoop and holler when they hear all that.[…]”

“It doesn’t have anything to do with the republican party that I was a part of. This is just totally different. And all of these people who are saying this, y’know, and claiming that, y’know, they’re for all this stuff, they also sort of ostentatiously say, ‘Oh, we’re very religious people. We really, we’re just very pious, Christian people.  They were for torture, and electrocution of the people on along the border and all of that. That doesn’t have anything to do with, is contrary to the Christianity that I understand.”

Reacting to a profile of Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) last Sunday in The NY Times, Danforth added:

If Dick Lugar…having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”

Look out below!

Having chummed the Teabagger waters with so much bloody offal, the Grand Obstructionist Party is now reeling in their catch. In the immortal words of Amity Island’s police chief Martin Brody (Roy Schieder):

We’re going to need a bigger boat!


  1. True words spoken by rational Republicans of who there are precious few. The real candidate they do have is Huntsman, who I think would beat Obama. But they cannot see their way out of their crazy to get there. They are on full self-destruct. A third party may well come out of all this. Gosh with Herman gone now, I sure wish Sarah would push her way back in. The hoot factor has taken a major loss.

    1. Propagandee Propagandee

      Hi Sherry

      Well there’s always the Newsmak sponsored debate that will have The Donald doing his reality show impression of a moderator.

      We gotta jump on this one given what Ron Paul’s spokesperson has alread said:

      “The selection of a reality television personality to host a presidential debate that voters nationwide will be watching is beneath the office of the Presidency and flies in the face of that office’s history and dignity,” campaign chairman Jesse Benton said.

      “Mr. Trump’s participation as moderator will distract from questions and answers concerning important issues such as the national economy, crushing federal government debt, the role of the federal government, foreign policy, and the like. To be sure, Mr. Trump’s participation will contribute to an unwanted circus-like atmosphere,” Benton continued.

      “Mr. Trump’s selection is also wildly inappropriate because of his record of toying with the serious decision of whether to compete for our nation’s highest office, a decision he appeared to make frivolously. The short-lived elevation of Mr. Trump’s stature as a candidate put him on the radar of many organizations and we recall that last spring he was invited to keynote the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, yet at the last minute he left RPI holding the bag by canceling. In turn, RPI canceled its biggest fundraising gala of the year and suffered embarrassment and in addition RPI was required to engage in refunding measures. Our candidate will not even consider participating in the late-December debate until Mr. Trump publicly apologizes to Iowa party leaders and rectifies in full the situation.

      “Therefore our candidate Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution, has advised he will not attend.”


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