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JD

Someone who was born in Canada?

Theophrastus Bombastus von Hoenhenheim den Sidste

You have the sense to keep quiet about this, but I am going to go ahead and say it: Adolf Hitler drew his support from sectors of the middle class who were making it, but were not as prosperous as they felt they deserved to be. This left them angry, and resentful, and looking for someone to blame. If you can get your hands on some tapes of the old Rush Limbaugh television show, look at the audience and compare those demisuccessful burghers to the photographs of the Beer Hall Putsch crowd.

Colonel Gibson was for a time my representative. As you observe, he himself is really not a bad sort - but his party affiliation puts him in bed with some real shitheads (I know people in Clifton Park political circles) so I hope you are able to bounce him right out of that job.

Redbeard

So, Lance, wasn't Congressman Gibson's first vote to put the extremists in charge of Congress? Didn't he vote to make Eric Cantor Majority Leader and John Boehneer speaker? Didn't he contribute to this shutdown right from the start? And if Gibson gets re-elected, won't his first vote of the session be to put those crazy guys right back power for 2 more years?


*I hate adding to a comment thread after someone has already triggered Godwin's Law.

Lance Mannion

Redbeard, right on all counts. He's also voted to repeal Obamacare all 42 times (so far). He's a coward. He's terrified of a challenge from his right. He needs the GOP to give him dough. He votes with the Republican majority regularly enough that he might as well be representing some district from Mississippi instead of a blue one in upstate New York. He has to go. I'd hoped it was implicit in the post---Gibson is the kind of Republican people mean when they talk about the GOP getting back to center. But it doesn't matter that Gibson and other Republicans might rather be more moderate. The Party won't let him be. The Party is its Right Wing not its scardy-cat would-be moderates and the Right Wingers aren't going away while "moderates" like Gibson are.

colnago80

As I have commented on some blogs over at Freethoughtblogs, Ted Cruz is the most dangerous man in the Rethuglican Party today. That's because he combines high intelligence with a facility for demagoguery that would make Adolf Frankenberger, Huey Long, and Joe McCarthy, none of whom were very intelligent, envious. We take him too lightly at our peril.

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