Current host of Up with Chris Hates, a weekend morning talk-show on MSNBC, Hayes is a liberal political commentator. He has previously served as Washington D.C. editor for liberal magazine The Nation.
“Washington is broken because the Tea Party broke it. They broke it on purpose. They broke the normal budgetary process, replaced it with government recurring crisis, all so they can use control of one-half of one branch of government to impose economic suffocation on the country as a whole.”
“The incentives are slowly shifting, so that your average Republican politician, concerned chiefly with his or her political future, cannot help but conclude that the smart logical rational thing to do is to pander by any means necessary to the increasingly self-lathering conservative base. And what the base wants is what they already want: death to ObamaCare.
No matter how many people have to politely explain to them that ship has sailed, no matter how many Republican party elites and donors and others warn them that threatening a shutdown or a default over defunding ObamaCare will be an unmitigated disaster politically, not to mention for millions of people, though really who cares about them? They want it.”
“[W]ith Barack Obama in the White House, the House Republicans are now on an anti-food stamp jihad… The President, to his great credit, gets how wildly cruel and destructive the Republicans’ proposed cuts would be…
And no one in Washington, particularly on the Republican side, seems to be at all concerned about the continued economic misery of millions of our fellow citizens. So it seems to me that the very least, the absolute least, a decent wealthy society can do amidst an unprecedented period of economic stagnation and vastly unequal prospects for our people, is to just make sure our fellow citizens don’t go hungry. What a shameful spectacle to watch Republicans prove their ideological bonafides at these people’s expense.”
“Everything about the institutional structure and economic benefits of the conservative movement is slanted toward ridiculous clownish antics. It’s what we see on right-wing talk radio, it’s what gets you a contract with Fox News, in some cases a second contract with Fox News….The people who want to be players in this world have to put on the red nose and floppy shoes, and then they have to go to clown auditions.”
“I left the question on the table about the price of energy being too low right now, that basically what we’ve seen is this massive amount of supply has come onto the grid, thanks largely to natural gas. The price has come down. And, I think we generally think, oh, lower prices are better.
But, it seems to me that there’s a lot of problematic stuff about the price coming down as sharply as it is right now in terms of what incentives it provides for things like efficiency et cetera.”
“Climate change is the biggest governing challenge we face. It’s the biggest governing challenge I think we’ve ever faced.”
“I think it is very difficult to talk about the war dead and the fallen without invoking valor, without invoking the words “heroes.” Um, and, ah, ah, why do I feel so comfortable [sic] about the word “hero”? I feel comfortable, ah, uncomfortable, about the word because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. Um, and, I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism: hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that. “