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Luis Gutierrez

“I think the real, fundamental problem that the Republicans have is, ‘How do we get meaner, how do we get nastier with immigrants, so that we can take a smaller group,’ now apparently led by Senator Cruz — I mean, maybe he’s gonna be the next Speaker of the House. Because it’s quite clear that Mr. Boehner has no control over this conference.

…So where are they moving today? They’re going to move to be meaner to immigrants in order to bring their conference together.”

Brent Terry

“…racist, misogynist, money-grubbing people have so much power over the rest of us. And want things to go back—not to 1955, but to 1855. There are a lot of people out there that do not want black people to vote, do not want Latinos to vote. Do not want old people to vote, or young people to vote. Because generally, people like you are liberal.

It’s absolutely possible that the Republicans will take over the Senate as well as the House. And we will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens. I mean, colleges will start closing up if they, if these people have their way. They don’t think money should go to giving you people dangerous ideas about how the world should be run.”

Chris Hayes 4

“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.”

Chris Matthews 2

“The plot is to tie the regular vote to extend the debt ceiling to the obliteration of the Affordable Care Act…Well, do the leaders of the Republican Party really intend to go this far? Do they really dare to sabotage the American economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the Affordable Care Act, that is the law of the land?  And will they go to this drastic extreme to intimidate the U.S. Congress or the President or both?

And if so, is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests? Where anything goes? Where the ends justify whatever means there are to be had, no matter how menacing to the country or the world?”

Karen Finney

“So here’s my theory on this now. … They need this scandal, if you will, to be alive. And it strikes me that real reason is because this is part of the larger plan when it comes to the Affordable – you know I’m a conspiracy theorist – here it comes!

OK, here we go. Essentially what this is about is if they can continue this scandal, then they can deny the IRS the additional funds that they need for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act which would cover how many? Six million people next year. Seems to me that’s why they are trying to keep this scandal alive.”

Nancy Pelosi 3

“It’s part of what they’re doing. Suffocate the airwaves with endless, unidentified special interest money, suck the air out of the airwaves. Suppress the vote with these regulations and laws that they have passed, and the other way they suppress the vote is to help people — it’s no use even going, you’re not going to be able to vote, it’s a turnoff.

What else is a turnoff is their poisonous campaign. If you suffocate the airwaves, suppress the vote, poison the debate, people throw up their hands and say, I just don’t even know if I want to participate in this. And when they walk away, right, thinking people walk away, the special interests achieve a victory.”

neil steinberg-thumb

When I look at the Republicans, I am tempted to dismiss them as the Treason Party. Seriously, were a band of traitors to concoct a series of positions deliberately designed to weaken America, they would be hard pressed to beat the current GOP dogma — hobble education, starve the government by slashing taxes to the rich, kneecap attempts to jumpstart the economy by fixating on debt, invite corporations to dominate political discourse, balkanize the population by demonizing minorities and immigrants and let favored religions dictate social policy.”

Robert Reich

“Regressives in Congress have substituted partisanship for patriotism, placing party loyalty above loyalty to America.

…True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of it. Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve the U.S. government, not destroy it.

But regressive Republicans loathe the government — and are doing everything they can to paralyze it, starve it, and make the public so cynical about it that it’s no longer capable of doing much of anything. Tea Partiers are out to gut it entirely.”