Tag Archives: GOP extremism

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House Freedom Caucus Does Its Usual August Dirty Work

“The HFC always does something like this right before the August recess. They tried to boot John Boehner, they tried to push out the IRS commissioner, they tried to force a repeal of Obamacare and this year, they are trying to push out the deputy attorney general. They say they are responding to legitimate issues. Their detractors say they’re trying to raise money and split Republicans.”

Playbook makes a good observation about the House Freedom Caucus effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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The Cost of Republican Extremism

“Starting around the 2010 Tea Party surge, Republican voters have repeatedly chosen the most extreme candidates during primaries, and have paid a real electoral price, particularly in the Senate. … If Republicans held all these seats today, and if they hadn’t run and lost with Roy Moore on Tuesday, they would hold a 57-43 margin in the Senate, and Democrats would have no shot at taking back the chamber next year. Extremism has cost the GOP a lot of power, and blunted the natural advantage the Senate’s small-state bias gives the Republican coalition.”

Ezra Klein

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Georgia Lawmaker Considers Quarantining HIV Victims

“I don’t want to say the quarantine word — but I guess I just said it. Is there an ability, since I would guess that public dollars are expended heavily in prophylaxis and treatment of this condition, so we have a public interest in curtailing the spread. … Are there any methods legally that we could do that would curtail the spread?”

— Georgia state Rep. Betty Price (R), the wife of former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asking in a hearing this week “what are we legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state, Stat reports.

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GOP Can’t Nominate an Electable Candidate

The Republican Party is not capable of nominating anyone who is electable nationally.

— Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), quoted by the Oneonta Daily Star.