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1 Romantic Heretic  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 2:56:41pm

Sad to see a man with such integrity driven from a place he loves.

2 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 4:44:19pm
"...a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies."

Oooh! We'll have to remember that.

3 elizajane  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:07:04pm

This was the line that really spoke to me: "In the end, it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden."

That says it all, in a nutshell. But put it on a comment thread at HotAir and watch the sharks circle and attack you as a whining entitled liberal; and yet it's just the truth. As true as climate science, for instance. What the Republicans don't want people to recognize, or accept, they manage to link to liberalism and then mock and scorn. It's a terrible, awful, cynical and destructive strategy and it is played by ONE party. One.

4 Only The Lurker Knows  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:09:36pm

As Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have written, ‘the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.’ Its reckless behavior helps drive the political dysfunction crippling our nation.

In the end, it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden.

Quoted for the truth. Rabid was good as well. Must remember rabid.

5 HappyWarrior  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 5:54:56pm

This guy has the courage to say what Jeb Bush shyed away from saying.

6 EiMitch  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 8:29:13pm
From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP.

The tea parties? Really? The ones who won the '10 midterms by promising to focus on the economy and not the religious right's social agenda? The ones who then pushed the most radical right-wing social agenda the country has seen in the mainstream in decades? The ones whose idea of fixing the economy consists entirely of cutting welfare benefits (e.g. Ryan plan) while hanging a "do not disturb" sign on military spending and attacking anyone who dares suggest the rich might actually have to pay more taxes to make things work?

Gee, what could you possibly find wrong with this crowd?

7 reine.de.tout  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 8:48:31pm

Well, OBVIOUSLY he was a RINO all along, can't anybody see that?
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This conservative-type person is not a happy camper these days. I simply look to my little Rhino figurine right here next to my keyboard, and smile before I start cursing.

8 hellosnackbar  Wed, Jun 13, 2012 12:00:37am

One wonders whether he will be the first of many as the lunacy in the GOP
seems to persist.

9 Shiplord Kirel  Wed, Jun 13, 2012 10:18:07am

re: #8 hellosnackbar

One wonders whether he will be the first of many as the lunacy in the GOP
seems to persist.

He's not the first by a long shot. Moderates have been jumping the GOP ship at least since the Reagan years while liberal Republicans disappeared in the 70s. I started to have doubts about the time of the Clinton impeachment farce and dived overboard after Obama turned out not to be the Marxist saboteur the right portrayed him to be. In recent years the process has accelerated with breathtaking speed, with both former Presidents Bush and even the arch-media-villain Karl Rove being consigned to RINO-hood.
It all has to do with the religious right's strength in organization, leveraged from the pre-existing network of fundamentalist churches and businesses, and their talent for simple-minded but powerful rhetoric, developed during decades of revival meetings and TV ministry.
Today, the leading edge of the GOP is moving beyond the religious right into the dark realms of libertarian isolationism, with its reliance on antisemitic conspiracy theories and the Rand cult.

10 Irenicum  Sun, Jun 17, 2012 9:25:23pm

Mike Stafford is a good friend of mine and I couldn't be prouder of him. I totally understand his predicament. I made the jump a few years ago for essentially the same reasons.


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