Tag Archives: Republican values


So Now being a Republican Means Being an ‘Ever Trumper’

“If you are a Republican today, you are a strong supporter of Donald Trump. He has a greater degree of support within his party than any Republican president has ever had since they started polling.”


— GOP pollster Frank Luntz, in an interview with PBS Newshour, on what it means to be a Republican today.


GOP’s Dangerous Attack on Democracy

“These power grabs highlight one of the most disturbing facts about American politics today: The Republican Party has become institutionally indifferent to the health of democracy. It prioritizes power over principle to such an extreme degree that it undermines the most basic functioning of democracy. … In the long run, the GOP’s turn against democracy could well be a greater threat to the American experiment than anything President Trump has done.”

Zack Beauchamp

Poetic Justice

The Silent Republicans

As the Trump bulldozer buries the weak,
And havoc and chaos he continues to wreak,
Where are the disciples
Of Republican principles,
And why don’t they stand up and speak?


Republicans Didn’t Win a Mandate

Last night, Paul Ryan, jubilant with the prospect that his long dream of dismantling the state may be finally at hand, called the election ‘a repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies.’ This morning, going further, he insisted Trump ‘just earned a mandate.’ The rule of law entitles Ryan and his party to exercise the power they have won. But Ryan is seeking something more — the deference of a party that is seen as embodying the will of the people. He is not entitled to that. … Trump’s election cannot be called a decision by the voters to repudiate the liberal status quo because, for one thing, it was not a decision by the voters at all. The voters supported Clinton over Trump. The decision was made by the Electoral College, which as a matter of opinion can be called archaic, and as a matter of objective fact can be called anti-democratic. Again, the rules are the rules. But it remains the case that Ryan and his party have power not because of the will of the voters but despite it.

Jonathan Chait


College Roommate Burns Cruz on Twitter

Ted Cruz thinks people don’t have a right to ‘stimulate their genitals.’ I was his college roommate. This would be a new belief of his.

— Craig Mazin, on Twitter.


Jeb Bush Represents the Politics of Intrusion

If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man.

— Michael Schiavo, quoted by Think Progress, on being overruled by Bush for his decision to remove his wife Terri’s feeding tube after cardiac arrest had left her in a vegetative state.


Paul Ryan Can’t Differentiate Fact from Fiction

I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated on his wife with that reporter. It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore. His behavior was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much. And what I thought is, it makes us all look like we’re like that.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to Parade, on why he doesn’t watch “House of Cards” anymore.


Obama: Congress Isn’t Broken, the GOP is Broken

So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true. What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.

— President Obama, quoted by Greg Sargent.

Poetic Justice

He Won’t Quit

Gov. Rick Scott says he wants him to resign,
And his fellow Republicans think that’d be fine.
But Trey Radel says nix —
He knows Florida politics,
You’ve got to do a lot worse than snort a few cocaine lines.

Poetic Justice

They’re Revolting Again

Their recent debacles gave the Republicans a jolt,
Their party’s split like an oak by a lightning bolt.
It’s time to get out the crayons and posters,
Time to activate the droolers and birthers —
Yes, folks, it’s time for yet another Tea Party Revolt!