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Senator Michael Bennet (on today's Morning Edition NPR show), about the House Shutdown of the government: "People should be upset. The government is closed. It's an outrage. It's ridiculous. It's an embarrassment. There's a reason we have a [5%] approval rate.

"I used to spend a lot of time wondering why anyone would want to work in a place with a [5%] approval rate... if your ideology is about dismantling the federal government, having a [5%] approval rate suits you just find, because you get to go home and say, 'See how horrible these people are?'

"The more degraded they can make the government seem, the more it suits their ideological purposes."

Hear, freakin' hear. It's all so clear to me now.

He also points out that "The divide between Democrats and Republicans is less than the divide that exists in the Republican Party."


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Oct. 10th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I swear, they want to go back to their idealized version of the wild west. Where we don't need government, but somehow there's never any crime, never any homelessness, never any starvation, never any illness. Where schools exist because teachers don't need salaries, and the buildings appear as if by magic. AAARGH!

And yet reality will never bite these idiots because there are so many safety nets under THEM already that they'll never ever hit bottom. Which is much more than most of us ever get.

And yes, on the divide between Dems and Repubs being narrower than the divide within the Republican party-I agree!
I'm helping campaign for the Dem candidate for my local state representative (to the Kansas legislature), and we are focusing on Dems at the moment, but we are also planning on actively pursuing disgruntled Republicans in the near future.
Oct. 10th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no kidding. They want to burn everything down because they believe they'll be fine afterward. Good luck with that, folks.

I wish you all the luck in the world in finally reaching the non-crazies who consider themselves Republican!
Oct. 10th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I have spoken to A LOT of people in my area who are really fed up with Brownback, and Kobach, and all of their ilk. They really could care less about their income taxes (or at least they don't seem to complain about them), but they really don't like the idea of higher sales taxes and property taxes. I wonder what they will think next year when the new income tax schedules pop up on their tax returns. That's when things are going to get fun!

And we just got redistricted last year, and got a new Representative who had to move into our district in order to have the largest majority of his previous voters. So there's not a lot of name recognition for him. Von, on the other hand, has a small business in McPherson (he makes gravestones and monuments), grew up in Windom, does some farming, and seems to know everyone and his brother, from all spectrums of the population.
Oct. 11th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
You are awesome - I wish you all the best in making that happen!
Oct. 11th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)

Who ever said hind sight was 20/20 never met a conservative.
Oct. 11th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Or really _any_ extremist!
Oct. 10th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
So freaking true...
and so disgusting.
Oct. 11th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Sadly, yes.
Oct. 11th, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Wouldn't he have meant that the divide between moderate Rep and Dems is less than the than difference between moderate Rep and extreme Rep? Or sanely self interested vs. insanely greedly?
Oct. 11th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
It sounded to me that he meant that the "divide between Democrats and [most] Republicans is less than the divide that exists [within] the [mainstream] Republican Party [and the Tea Party loons]."
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