Speaking of Decency, or a Lack Thereof

Sometimes you see something and it just leaves you basically speechless:

This is the Republican party in 2019.

27 replies
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    JPL says:

    First they come after…..blah, blah, blah, blah.. It’s the Irish’s turn especially on St. Patrick’s Day.
    I might add that even the president didn’t attack the Irish today. That should say something about the party.

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    Gravie says:

    Yes, the GOP is just assholes from the top all the way down.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    The massive Beto Mania crowds are freaking them out.

    Mount Pleasant, Iowa (photo)

    Waterloo, Iowa (photo)

    Shocked for Beto (photo)

    Girls for Beto (photo)

    And it should:

    “Beto O’Rourke is the toughest candidate I ever prepped against and one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen. The media might not recognize his skills, but voters do and will in 2020. In fact, being underestimated may be one of his biggest advantages.” ~ writes Ted Cruz campaign consultant

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    banditqueen says:

    The GOP just can’t think outside the stereotype box. At all. And ironically, the GOP has now turned itself into the stereotypes of white supremacy, racism, bigotry, sexism, hatred, terrorism, selfishness etc.

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    Ted Lautenschlager says:

    Vile scum…and “the media” will both sides….it

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    Didn’t you used to be an R not that long ago? I have always wondered why, since even then you seemed to be far nicer and saner than the average R.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    No Irish need apply.

    Now that’s kickin’ it old school.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    My mother was an R. My husband used to be an R. Abraham Ribicoff, Jacob Javits, Nelson Rockefeller . . . . They weren’t like this.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    If they had a smidgen of honesty, a lot of the “how come Kanye gets to say the n-word and it’s okay to stereotype white folks huh HUH?!?” people would get cognitive dissonance whiplash from this. But they’re hypocrites to a man.

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    guachi says:

    I saw this earlier. As someone who has Irish relatives on both sides of my family the only response I could give the Republicans would be expletive filled.


    The lot of them.

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    @zhena gogolia: They have been pretty bad since at least the Gingrich era if not earlier.

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    hilts says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Abraham Ribicoff was a Democrat not a Republican who said this at the 1968 Democratic convention:

    And with George McGovern as President of the United States, we wouldn’t have to have Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    As Beto O’Rourke Soaks Up Attention, Rival Democrats Appeal for Funds
    The former congressman stumps in Iowa to big crowds and media coverage

    By Reid J. Epstein in Dubuque, Iowa, and
    Ken Thomas in Dover, Del.
    Updated March 17, 2019 4:26 p.m. ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa—(WSJ)Beto O’Rourke zoomed across eastern Iowa this weekend, snatching attention and spurring fundraising appeals from others in the Democratic presidential field.

    Meanwhile, another potential formidable candidate, Joe Biden, edged closer to joining the race.

    Mr. O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who has gained a national following, aimed to replicate the frenetic pace of his unsuccessful 2018 Senate campaign while being trailed by dozens of journalists—including two on-air correspondents from MSNBC.

    He held six events per day on his initial three-day Iowa swing.

    While Mr. O’Rourke stood on a chair speaking to a packed house party Saturday night in Dubuque, Mr. Biden took the stage at a Delaware Democratic Party dinner to chants of “Run, Joe, run!”

    Mr. O’Rourke’s status as a magnet for press coverage was evident Saturday in Dubuque, where he and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar held events a few hours apart. Mr. O’Rourke faced a crush of media, as CNN rented a golf cart to follow him running a 5K race in North Liberty and a Bulgarian TV reporter asked Mr. O’Rourke for a message for the Bulgarian people in Dubuque. Meanwhile, six journalists attended Ms. Klobuchar’s town-hall meeting at a nearby brewery. (link)

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Oh, you’re right, I’m sorry! I got mixed up because my mother loved him even though she was a Republican.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Substitute Lowell Weicker.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Have they no shame? I mean seriously are they going to now alienate every Irish American? Seriously? Who the hell thought that was a good move?

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    zhena gogolia says:

    The funny part is, he looks cute even in his mug shot. And he’s rocking that little green hat!

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    In Muscatine, a young woman stood on the porch of a Victorian home and watched through the window as O’Rourke spoke inside, waving his arms like he was conducting an orchestra.

    “My god, what a dreamboat,” she said as her boyfriend looked a bit uncomfortable. “Save us, bae!”


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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    In Fort Madison, an older woman told me that meeting O’Rourke had broken the funk she’d been in since President Donald Trump’s election. Leaning in, she confided that a fortune cookie had recently informed her that the answers to her prayers were coming soon.

    When a man in Washington nearly fainted a few feet from O’Rourke, someone in the crowd joked, “He has that effect on people.” (The man was fine after some water and round of applause).

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    central texas says:

    “This is the Republican party in 2019.”

    This is the same republican party there has been since the first time i could vote in a presidential election, for Kennedy, not Nixon. It has just become louder since Reagan, not different.

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    David 🎅🎄Merry Christmas🎄🎅 Koch says:

    @hilts: Zhena was probably referring to fellow new york liberal republican, John Lindsay.

    Lindsay, Rocky, Javitz were a NYC trio

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    @central texas: They were the same immigrant hating party with crackpot ideas about the economy a hundred years ago too. Smoot,Hawley and Reed, Johnson were all Rs IIRC.

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    🇺🇸🌎 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳🌷 says:

    @central texas:


    All true. I remember reading that during Eisenhower’s admin several R congressmen proposed super-wingnutty constiutional amendments like abolishing the separation between church and state.

    I think that the R party had more actual moderates in the past. That’s part of the reason Eisenhower ran on the R ticket. He wanted to strengthen the moderate wing of the Republican Party and stop men like Taft from returning the United States to the 1920s where we didn’t give much of a shit about the rest of the world. IOW, he was trying to protect both the New Deal and the recent post-WW2 institutions/global order. Opposing the USSR was also a reason for doing all of this.

    He was still traditionally conservative, but he wasn’t a reactionary IIRC

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    Ruviana says:

    @schrodingers_cat: I was a teenager in the 1960s and there were *LIBERAL* republicans! The range of perspectives in both parties was far broader than what we have today.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    My mother was an R. My husband used to be an R. Abraham Ribicoff, Jacob Javits, Nelson Rockefeller . . . . They weren’t like this.

    Likewise, well, father’s side of the family[1]. Northeast Republicans were different. Banker/reasonable/centrist/moderate types, though certainly not progressive. Father held out until the 1992 election, pushed to the Democrats by the anti-environmentalism that started (in the modern era) with Reagan/James Watt et al. Being kicked out of Death Valley at the start of the Gingrich Shutdown was the kicker.
    [1] Republicans since there was a Republican party; R congressman in my ancestry.

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    J R in WV says:

    @central texas:

    In 1963 I was in junior high school. On that fateful day in November when JFK was shot, I was in a science class with Mr Emmet Pugh, teaching. Early in the class, the PA system came on, very unexpected.

    They announced that the President, President Kennedy, had been shot, and school was dismissed early. Mr Pugh couldn’t control his glee that the dirty Catholic bastard was shot. It was despicable, and I hated him from then on.

    He also told revealing stories, that showed how bigoted he was towards black people, things I won’t repeat because they were despicable even in 1963!! He also didn’t teach much science, I learned more reading books in the school library than I did in class.

    That’s how bad it was 50 years ago. Not that it’s that much better today. Republicans, Know-Nothings, Ku Klux Klan, Trump, all the same!

    ETA to add the comment I was responding to.

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    Tehanu says:

    @J R in WV: I was in the 11th grade. My English teacher, who up to that point I had rather disliked, had a very deep tan. He got a note from the office and when he read it, he turned absolutely white, or rather gray, in the face with shock, and then he told us that the President had been shot and asked us to sit quietly for a moment. I totally changed my attitude toward him because of that. Later the same day, my dad was driving me home from school and we saw the local John Birch Society head walking down the street, a transistor radio held to his ear, with a big smile on his face. Needless to say I was horrified, shocked, and disgusted — and I’ve never had any reason to change that opinion in the half-century since.

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