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  1. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I think Dole would have more luck fighting Mothra than trying to convince the GOP that they need debugging…

  2. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Bob Dole no longer recognizes the Republican Party that he helped lead for years. Speaking over the weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” he said his party should hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors until it comes up with a few positive ideas, because neither he nor Ronald Reagan would now feel comfortable in its membership.
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    “It seems to be almost unreal that we can’t get together on a budget or legislation,” said Mr. Dole, the former Senate majority leader and presidential candidate. “I mean, we weren’t perfect by a long shot, but at least we got our work done.”
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    The current Congress can’t even do that, thanks to a furiously oppositional Republican Party, and that’s what has left mainstream conservatives like Mr. Dole and Senator John McCain shaking their heads in disgust.
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    The difference between the current crop of Tea Party lawmakers and Mr. Dole’s generation is not simply one of ideology. While the Tea Partiers are undoubtedly more extreme, Mr. Dole spent years pushing big tax cuts, railing at regulations and blocking international treaties. His party actively courted the religious right in the 1980s and relied on racial innuendo to win elections. But when the time came to actually govern, Republicans used to set aside their grandstanding, recognize that a two-party system requires compromise and make deals to keep the government working on the people’s behalf.
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    The current generation refuses to do that. Its members want to dismantle government, using whatever crowbar happens to be handy, and they don’t particularly care what traditions of mutual respect get smashed at the same time. “I’m not all that interested in the way things have always been done around here,” Senator Marco Rubio of Florida told The Times last week.
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    This corrosive mentality has been standard procedure in the House since 2011, but now it has seeped over to the Senate. Mr. Rubio is one of several senators who have blocked a basic function of government: a conference committee to work out budget differences between the House and Senate so that Congress can start passing appropriations bills. They say they are afraid the committee will agree to raise the debt ceiling without extorting the spending cuts they seek. One of them, Ted Cruz of Texas, admitted that he didn’t even trust House Republicans to practice blackmail properly. They have been backed by Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, who wants extremist credentials for his re-election.
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    At long last, this is finally drawing the rancor of Mr. Dole’s heirs in the responsible wing of the party. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said that negotiating on a budget was an “issue of integrity.” Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander and many others have encouraged talks, and Mr. McCain (who was not above veering to the far right when he was running for president in 2008) now says the Tea Partiers are “absolutely out of line” and setting a bad precedent.
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    “We’re here to vote, not here to block things,” he said last week. “We’re here to articulate our positions on the issues and do what we can for the good of the country and the let the process move forward.”
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    Already, the mulish behavior of Congressional Republicans has led to the creation of the sequester, blocked action on economic growth and climate change, prevented reasonable checks on gun purchases and threatens to blow up a hard-fought compromise on immigration. Mr. Dole’s words should remind his party that it is not only abandoning its past, but damaging the country’s future.
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/opinion/bob-dole-misses-his-republican-party.html?_r=0

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Rubbish.

  4. jonesb

    jonesb said, over 1 year ago

    I believe Archer Daniels Midland bought Bob Dole many years ago, they probably still own him. Somebody owns most of the Congress and ex-Congress, GOP and Democrat.

  5. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 1 year ago

    Haha! Bob Dole is disgusted with Republicans. The world has turned upside down indeed.

  6. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, over 1 year ago

    @Radish,
    Thanks for the truth.
    ……………………………
    @narrowminded,
    You are rubbish

  7. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    A one-word comment is silly. All it says is that you don’t like what’s in the comment. But you don’t and can’t refute the quotes within it, quotes by important Republican leaders who are disgusted with the current Republican direction.

  8. John Locke

    John Locke said, over 1 year ago

    Bob Dole was of the generation of Republicans who merely attempted to slow the growth of the liberal government experiment. That isn’t good enough today.

  9. Jase99

    Jase99 said, over 1 year ago

    @John Locke

    “Bob Dole was of the generation of Republicans who merely attempted to slow the growth of the liberal government experiment. That isn’t good enough today.”

    Especially since you have Republicans like G W Bush, who presided over several massive expansions of government bureaucracy and spending such as the TSA, Dept of Homeland Security, and Medicare Part D.

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    Your comments here and elsewhere show you have named yourself well. At a time and place in our country’s life where we need open minds, open hearts, compromise, and intelligent debate, it is the most narrow minded citizens, liberals AND conservatives, who drive the conversation off of the road into the right ditch, and then the left ditch, with no effort at all to keep gov’t near the center of the road and moving forward.
    Mr. Dole knows that each presidency is a new experiment to find something that works. Mr. Clinton got us out of debt and built a surplus, his experiment worked. We will never know if Mr. Obama’s ideas would have worked because narrow minded conservatives refuse to participate in any gov’t led by our current President. The failure of conservatives to present legislation offering new ideas or alternatives shows Republicans do not care about jobs or the middle class as much as they care about making Obama and Democrats look bad. Harry Reid and Pelosi do well making the Dems look bad, but Republicans have become the Berlin wall within the halls of the Capital Dome and seem to be willing to see our nation fail rather than do ANYTHING that looks like cooperation with our President.
    It is a narrow minded way of legislating and both parties and their strident supporters should be ashamed.
    Respectfully, but sadly,
    C.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    Our Congress is currently made up of too many reactionaries and radicals, not conservatives and liberals. If the vox populi wishes to be heard people need to start paying attention to local and state primary elections to defeat the reactionaries and radicals in the primaries. This would deprive the candidates of the strength found in name recognition in the general election. But then we would probably wind up with Democrats and Republicans blindly voting party lines and Independents determining election winners. I don’t know whether that would be a good thing or not, but it would probably be an improvement over what we have now.

  12. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @onguard

    How quickly you turn on one of your own when they refuse to march in lockstep with you.

  13. Griff

    Griff GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Will it be within one, two or three years before the GOP splits into its component parts, the Teapots, Evangelicals, and Intelligent wings?

  14. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    I always thought Dole and the Republicans were rubbish too.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    Most of the radicals in Congress are coming from ‘safe’ districts where one party dominates. This allows candidates who appeal to the most fervent among the party base to win primaries & general elections by default.

    You’re right about needing to pay more attention to the state & local elections. Besides the fact that state assemblies create the district maps that favor lots of ‘safe’ seats for both parties over closely divided districts, those local offices are what ‘feed’ candidates for Congress.

    Taking re-districting out of partisan hands would help boost the number of moderate, or at least pragmatic members of Congress.

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