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Friday August 08, 2014

Quote of the Day

“First, the outsize Republican idolatry of Reagan is explained in part by the fact that there’s no one else in their history of whom they can really approve. The Bushes are a bad memory for most, Ford was a non-entity and Nixon was Nixon. Eisenhower looks pretty good on most historical rankings, but he’s anathema to movement conservatives: Eisenhower Republicans were what are now called RINOs. Going back a century, and skipping some failures/nonentities, Theodore Roosevelt is problematic for related but different reasons. Going right back to the beginning,and skipping more nonentities and disappointments, some Repubs still try to claim the mantle of the “party of Lincoln” but that doesn’t pass the laugh test. As many others have observed, the “party of Jefferson Davis” is closer to the mark. So, they have little choice but to present Reagan as the savior of the nation.”

-- John Quigan, “Reagan and the Great Man in History.” I l I like his website, too: “Crooked Timber.”

Posted at 09:59 AM on Aug 08, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Tuesday August 05, 2014

Quote of the Day

“All contributions by corporations to any political committee for any political purpose should be forbidden by law; directors should not be permitted to use stockholders' money for such purposes; and, moreover, a prohibition of this kind would be, as far as it went, an effective method of stopping the evils aimed at in corrupt practices acts.”

-- Pres. Teddy Roosevelt, in his annual message to Congress, 1905, as relayed in Justice John Paul Stevens' book, “Six Amendments.” One of six amendments to the U.S. Constitution Stevens is arguing in favor would limit the kind of corporate spending in politics that the Ciitzens United decision unleashed. 

Teddy Roosevelt

Posted at 01:10 PM on Aug 05, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Monday August 04, 2014

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“Just one year ago, Republicans were talking about passing their own version of the DREAM Act. Tonight, they put the party on record for the total cessation of Barack Obama’s quasi-DREAM Act. The arc of history is long, but it bends toward Steve King.”

-- David Wiegel, Slate, “Republicans Finally Pass a Border Bill: So What's In It?” on the 11th-hour House bill, which offers 1/5 of the resources that Pres. Obama requested, along with deportation of the half a million DREAM Act kids, to address the child migrant issue. Andrew Sullivan adds, “It won’t pass the Senate, of course, but it gives House Republicans a Potemkin vote they can cite when they face their Hannityed constituents this month.” Ick ick ick.

Posted at 04:31 PM on Aug 04, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Saturday August 02, 2014

Quote of the Day

“We’re not talking enough about income inequality. We’re not talking enough about how in God’s name could you talk about a $5.7-trillion additional tax cut, for Christ’s sake. How can we continue to say a twenty-per-cent tax on carried interest is fair? Why the hell aren’t we talking about earned income versus unearned income?”

-- Vice-President Joe Biden in Evan Osnos' New Yorker profile, “The Evolution of Joe Biden.” It's a good read. You understand where he is similar to Pres. Obama (compromise over ideology) and where he is different (most obviously: hot vs. cold, gabby vs. reticent, careless vs. careful). You also understand why he probably won't run for president in 2016 despite a life-long urge to hold the position. Not to mention a fear of retirement. 

Posted at 10:57 AM on Aug 02, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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Thursday July 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

“Stay gangster, Joe! I dig you, man.”

-- Unnamed student after Vice-President Joe Biden delivered the commencement address at the University of Delaware, May 2014, as reported in Evan Osnos' excellent New Yorker profile, “The Evolution of Joe Biden.” According to Osnos, after the shout, “Biden looked up, pleased but perplexed ... He waved and kept walking.” But I agree. I dig him, man.

Joe Biden

Posted at 11:44 AM on Jul 31, 2014 in category Quote of the Day
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