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(NPR)   You'd better sit down for this, because the media is comparing the latest GOP front runner to . . . Reagan. Who could have guessed this shocking twist in the narrative?   ( divider line
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2013-11-13 08:21:03 AM  
3 votes:
It's funny how Christie is portrayed as a centrist or uniter solely for the fact that he had his hand out when it came to FEMA money.
2013-11-13 11:21:14 AM  
2 votes:
Well, who else can they compare GOP front runners to? GWBush? They'd rather not remind the voting public of that mess. GHWBush? The one-termer who said, "read my lips, no new taxes..." and proceeded to raise taxes (not that it was a bad thing, it's that it just went against a rather emphatic statement otherwise). Tricky Dick Nixon? The one person who tore a hole in the GOP that they have yet to mend? Gerald Ford, the president who can't walk straight, the president who pardoned a criminal of the lowest sort, the president for all of 2 years? They'd have to go all the way back to Eisenhower, but then, he's more liberal that the past 2 democratic presidents, Obama and Clinton. The last not-as-liberal GOP president before Eisenhower would be Hoover and he tanked the economy (much like what Reagan did, but in a quicker way).

So of course the GOP's lone standard bearer is Reagan. As such, Reagan is still one of the weakest and worst presidents ever with more members of his staff indicted for ethical and criminal activities than any other administration's.
2013-11-13 10:31:59 AM  
2 votes:
2013-11-13 10:31:11 AM  
2 votes:

Muta: HotWingConspiracy: LOL, old people

Reagan means nothing to the swing demos.

I kinda agree with this.  By 2016 people who are 28 would not have been born while Reagan was President anyone under 35 will have no first hand memories of him as president.  The GOP needs a new "Reagan".

Makes it a lot easier to revise Reagan's history.
2013-11-13 09:31:28 AM  
2 votes:
Reagan was a shiatbag. NPR lets him off the hook far too easily for the "he was something of a dead-ender when it came to supporting apartheid South Africa" shiat. Reagan was shiat.

Goes to place near death of civil rights activists and petitions for "state's rights?" That is a shiatbag. That is Reagan and the world is a better place without him in it.

Christie is going nowhere nationally. He has little to no self control, he will embarrass himself almost instantly, make some crazy farking swing to the right to try and appease the absolutely insane base of his party and will be unable to recover. Let him try, I'll laugh.
2013-11-13 09:19:53 AM  
2 votes:

Im_Gumby: stpauler: It's funny how Christie is portrayed as a centrist or uniter solely for the fact that he had his hand out when it came to FEMA money.

Well, in his defense, that is why the teabaggers hate him... that and shaking the hand of that Islamofascistemptysuitusurperincheif B. Hussein Taxbongo!

Doesn't matter if they do hate him.  If he remains the front runner, they will come out in droves to vote for him.  His campaign logo could be a pic of him smoking crack wearing a cloak embossed with the emblem of Satan with a hooker under each arm while stomping Jesus' head into a pile of shiat, and they would still vote for him.  Hell, he could be Mormon and they would still vote for him.  There would be grumbling about how "he's not our guy but we still need to support him" and so on.  But the "R" lever will still be yanked at the booth no matter what.
2013-11-13 11:38:04 AM  
1 vote:

\not obscure.
2013-11-13 11:18:52 AM  
1 vote:
Are we talking about the Reagan that signed a gun control law because he was afraid of the Black Panthers? That was some superior minority outreach.
2013-11-13 10:50:37 AM  
1 vote:

Diogenes: They pretended Romney's past, personality, and religion didn't exist.

But Romney's personality does in fact not exist.
2013-11-13 10:48:37 AM  
1 vote:
So they want someone who:

Raised taxes
Tripled the Federal Deficit
Increase unemployment
Fund and support terrorists (or at least create them)

Or is this a fictional fairyland Ronald Reagun who didn't do anything wrong and brought use out of the stone age?
2013-11-13 10:45:57 AM  
1 vote:

MFAWG: mrshowrules: MFAWG: mrshowrules: stpauler: It's funny how Christie is portrayed as a centrist or uniter solely for the fact that he had his hand out when it came to FEMA money.

Typical example of Republican empathy.

-supports gay marriage if they have a gay daughter
-against torture, if they have been tortured
-supports FEMA as long as they are the ones hit by a disaster
-supports immigration reform if they are the children of immigrants

Cheney, McCain, Christie and Rubio.  Real empathy is something only a Liberal is capable of.

Not really. He stood up to the mouthbreathers in his own party during the Bush Administration.

What does that have to do with empathy?

You're using a bad example of Senator McCain's lack thereof. Whether you're doing it to try and occupy some kind of smug moral high ground is probably in the eye of the beholder.

You are missing the point. Republicans only seem to demonstrate "empathy" when they have direct experience with something.  McCain was tortured and is therefore against torture.  He has taken the correct Liberal position but only because he personally knows torture.

A Liberal is able to demonstrate true empathy by understanding why something is wrong even if it doesn't affect them lately.  They can be for same-sex marriage without knowing a same sex couple.  They can be for immigration reform even if there family has been here multiple generations.  They can understand why FEMA support to a disaster zone is important even if they have never been in a disaster.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in other people's shoes and imagine what it would be like.  Many Republicans only seem to be able to put themselves in their own shoes.
2013-11-13 10:34:25 AM  
1 vote:

lennavan: You'd better sit down for this, because the media is comparing the latest GOP front runner to . . . Reagan. Who could have guessed this shocking twist in the narrative?

So the GOP front runner is an actor who doesn't know anything about politics and will flat out lie to the American public to generate fear in order to drive voters to select him then when elected will begin a stupid "War on Drugs," pass the largest peacetime tax increase, fund social security and use the military however he likes ignoring Congress?

Oh wait, we're going with the revisionist history.

He will also contact terrorists that have taken Americans hostage and ensure they don't get set free before the election was over, because that would politically have helped his opponent.

He will also nearly end the entire world by simultaneously talking about how Russia is the "Evil Empire" while trying to develop a first strike nuclear capability which would have allowed him to safely wipe out Russia any time he wanted once it was up and running without having to worry about the counter strike.
2013-11-13 10:28:22 AM  
1 vote:
It must be tough to know you've peaked in the early '80s.

I guess that's why Ted Nugent, Victoria Jackson, Dennis Miller and Jon Voigt are Republicans.
2013-11-13 10:10:44 AM  
1 vote:

EyeballKid: Reagan is overrused, as far as Republican parallels go. Most Republicans are better suited to be compared to this guy:

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OMG, the whole FARK potato thing suddenly makes sense.
2013-11-13 10:06:28 AM  
1 vote:
LOL, old people

Reagan means nothing to the swing demos.
2013-11-13 09:52:02 AM  
1 vote:
"Minority outreach" about knocked me out of my chair. His education cuts were deemed to have a disproportionate effect on poor (which in NJ means black) communities and Christie fought it all the way to the state supreme court where he lost and had to increase funding then touted that increase in the last election. The guy is one contradiction after another.
2013-11-13 09:40:49 AM  
1 vote:
Sooooo, Christie is senile, negotiates with terrorists, and runs up huge deficits?

Yeah, I wouldn't vote for him either.
2013-11-13 09:37:26 AM  
1 vote:
When was the last time the Republican South voted for a Yankee (Civil-war fighting state) American for anything?

Nixon and Reagan were Californians, Ford never won an election. I'm going to say never, because these people were voting Democratic until 1968.

Maybe this is the year, but I doubt it. Southerners don't vote for Yankees.
2013-11-13 09:13:25 AM  
1 vote:

Diogenes: The other day when we were talking about the POWs we spoke of self-discipline and how it saved their lives. There is an inner man within all of us we have to call on once in a while. Having the guts to do the nasty little boring tasks, sticking to them when we'd rather goof off, decides whether that inner man has enough muscle to be of any help when we need him.

 - Reagan Rand Paul

First off it's none of your business. I don't ask you where you send your kids to school. Don't bother me about where I send mine.

- Christie Rand Paul

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