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(The Morning Call)   Moderate Republican and outspoken Trump critic Charlie Dent decides not to run for re-election for his House seat. In other news, moderate Republicans still exist   ( mcall.com) divider line
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2017-09-07 10:10:33 PM  
Yes, they're called "Democrats".
 
2017-09-07 10:19:20 PM  
Not good. Not if his seat is gerrymandered.
 
2017-09-07 10:19:26 PM  
He never could get the hang of Thursdays.
 
2017-09-08 12:24:21 AM  
Hmmm...Our Wa. 8th district congresscRitter is retiring this term..I guess he was kind of moderate.
 
2017-09-08 01:24:32 AM  
There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.
 
2017-09-08 01:54:32 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?
 
stk [TotalFark]
2017-09-08 03:22:00 AM  
Not for long
 
2017-09-08 03:28:09 AM  
Aaaand he's gone
 
2017-09-08 03:30:03 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?


Is this soapdish literally trying to argue that the Democratic party has been usurped by extremists?
 
2017-09-08 03:32:54 AM  

Hickory-smoked: Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?

Is this soapdish literally trying to argue that the Democratic party has been usurped by extremists?


Dunno. But it is the typical reflex for Republicans when anyone points out how extreme the Republicans have become.
 
2017-09-08 03:54:42 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Hickory-smoked: Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?

Is this soapdish literally trying to argue that the Democratic party has been usurped by extremists?

Dunno. But it is the typical reflex for Republicans when anyone points out how extreme the Republicans have become.


While simultaneously denying any responsibility for their own shiatshow of a party. You know, because they're above all that.
 
2017-09-08 03:57:22 AM  

Hickory-smoked: Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?

Is this soapdish literally trying to argue that the Democratic party has been usurped by extremists?


There are no extremists Dems as they're all nutjobs.
 
2017-09-08 03:57:55 AM  
He mentions leaving "at the top of my game".  I'd hate to see what the bottom of a moderate Republican's game looks like
 
2017-09-08 04:03:57 AM  

Naido: He mentions leaving "at the top of my game".  I'd hate to see what the bottom of a moderate Republican's game looks like


<points at the White House>
 
2017-09-08 04:20:56 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


You don't think there's any moderate Democrats in congress?
 
2017-09-08 04:28:21 AM  

drayno76: Naido: He mentions leaving "at the top of my game".  I'd hate to see what the bottom of a moderate Republican's game looks like

<points at the White House>


I don't know what that is, but it knows not the word moderate
 
2017-09-08 04:33:19 AM  

Naido: drayno76: Naido: He mentions leaving "at the top of my game".  I'd hate to see what the bottom of a moderate Republican's game looks like

<points at the White House>

I don't know what that is, but it knows not the word moderate


Good point, my brain skipped the word moderate. I've trained it to reject fictional characters that masses believe in without evidence, like Unicorns, the Easter Bunny, any of the pantheon of gods, Santa Claus or moderate republicans.

No matter how many people believe in them, I just can't comprehend the existence of something so obviously fictional.
 
2017-09-08 04:47:15 AM  

HighOnCraic: He never could get the hang of Thursdays.


I just hope he isn't late.


/as in the late DentCharlieDent
//sorry,  not very good with threats
///I hear they can be quite effective
 
2017-09-08 04:57:08 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


So Congress is broken because of too many extremist Democrats, and not because of Tea Party Republicans? Remember when Boehner resigned literally because he couldn't work with his own party and then Eric Cantor got primaried for the same reason? All the work of Moderate Republicans I'm sure.

If at least 75% of Republicans you know are moderate, you shouldn't be voting for folks who get their talking points from Ken Ham and Alex Jones. Like, never ever.
 
2017-09-08 05:10:39 AM  

wardog84: Hickory-smoked: Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?

Is this soapdish literally trying to argue that the Democratic party has been usurped by extremists?

There are no extremists Dems as they're all nutjobs.


I'd love to hear you expand on that, but I'm pretty sure we won't.
 
2017-09-08 05:16:05 AM  

Banned on the Run: here's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.


You mean the ones who voted for Trump?
 
2017-09-08 05:31:27 AM  

Nadie_AZ: Not good. Not if his seat is gerrymandered.


PVI R+4; it's been in Republican hands since 1998.
 
2017-09-08 05:35:18 AM  

casual disregard: If at least 75% of Republicans you know are moderate, you shouldn't be voting for folks who get their talking points from Ken Ham and Alex Jones. Like, never ever.


There's a difference between influencers and followers. The majority of Republicans (just like the majority of Democrats) are followers. The problem for the Republicans is that the influencers have become more and more extreme in their rhetoric in the age of 'fast information' when making up claims and acting outraged garners more eyeballs and clicks than arguing on the merits of traditional conservative thought. It used to be that conservatism was the side of thinking while liberalism was the side of emotion, but hard to say that's the case any more. Kind of makes you miss the days when the Republican party had a progressive wing.

TLDR version: yes, most Republican voters are moderate, they just follow the 'in' crowd like lemmings.
 
2017-09-08 05:54:25 AM  

Shaggy_C: casual disregard: If at least 75% of Republicans you know are moderate, you shouldn't be voting for folks who get their talking points from Ken Ham and Alex Jones. Like, never ever.

There's a difference between influencers and followers. The majority of Republicans (just like the majority of Democrats) are followers. The problem for the Republicans is that the influencers have become more and more extreme in their rhetoric in the age of 'fast information' when making up claims and acting outraged garners more eyeballs and clicks than arguing on the merits of traditional conservative thought. It used to be that conservatism was the side of thinking while liberalism was the side of emotion, but hard to say that's the case any more. Kind of makes you miss the days when the Republican party had a progressive wing.

TLDR version: yes, most Republican voters are moderate, they just follow the 'in' crowd like lemmings.


You make it sound like democracy is a beaten wife thanking her husband for keeping her in line.
 
2017-09-08 05:55:20 AM  
That's not good. If decent people leave, then the average moves towards the nutbag toolbox end.
 
2017-09-08 06:41:21 AM  
"Wow, things are really messed up in DC right now. There aren't many good Republicans left. I'm one of them so I know what I'll do to try to right this ship; I'll quit and let an insane rightwing partisan take my place."
 
2017-09-08 06:44:39 AM  

casual disregard: You make it sound like democracy is a beaten wife thanking her husband for keeping her in line.


How America Is Like A Bad Boyfriend
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2017-09-08 06:47:05 AM  
Is there such a thing as a "moderate Nazi"?

Ya know, since every Republican is a Nazi now...
 
2017-09-08 06:53:42 AM  
<rant>
So many Republicans claim to be moderates.  Yet they vote for any right-wing drooler who promises lower taxes... dirtbags like Cruz and Trump.
Why? Because that's all their party offers, and anything's better than a progressive (libtard).
</rant>
 
2017-09-08 07:30:09 AM  

Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?


Asinine as his comment was, he does have a point--most prominent Democrats are about 20% right of center thanks to the massive amount of corporate cash required to compete in modern elections.  Naturally, when this shift occurred, Republicans countered by selling out to hostile foreign interests because treasin' is better than losin'. thanks
 
2017-09-08 08:20:18 AM  

backhand.slap.of.reason: Farking Clown Shoes: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

I know, right? It's almost like both sides are bad, ain't it?

Asinine as his comment was, he does have a point--most prominent Democrats are about 20% right of center thanks to the massive amount of corporate cash required to compete in modern elections.  Naturally, when this shift occurred, Republicans countered by selling out to hostile foreign interests because treasin' is better than losin'. thanks


"20% right of center"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Also, go fark yourself
 
2017-09-08 08:22:46 AM  
No, they really don't, subby.

It would be more accurate to say that there are some Republicans who are actually libertarians who want a chance in Hell of staying in office.  Most of them are economically conservative, but have a handful of positions that might, if one squinted, look almost socially progressive.  They may not give a rat's ass about abortion, or pot, and might agree with you that our private for-profit prison system is a horror, but they'll usually still support the same economic positions and money-before-humanity principles as the rest of the party.  And when the time comes, they'll vote with the party on any issue that matters to the GOP as a whole.
 
2017-09-08 08:36:08 AM  

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: No, they really don't, subby.

It would be more accurate to say that there are some Republicans who are actually libertarians who want a chance in Hell of staying in office.  Most of them are economically conservative, but have a handful of positions that might, if one squinted, look almost socially progressive.  They may not give a rat's ass about abortion, or pot, and might agree with you that our private for-profit prison system is a horror, but they'll usually still support the same economic positions and money-before-humanity principles as the rest of the party.  And when the time comes, they'll vote with the party on any issue that matters to the GOP as a whole.


Exactly, every single "libertarian" I know is just a farking Republican that disagrees on a few of the issues but wouldn't dream of actually doing anything about it.
 
2017-09-08 08:38:14 AM  

The Homer Tax: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

You don't think there's any moderate Democrats in congress?


Moderate Republicans are smidge to the left of alt-right neo-nazis so anything near a centrist democrat looks like a far left marxist to them.
 
2017-09-08 08:47:47 AM  
Probably a good idea for rational Republicans to get some distance from the white ring conservative faction (GOP).
 
2017-09-08 08:56:12 AM  
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Rest in peace, Bucky Dent
 
2017-09-08 09:03:20 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


Oh, my God. You're serious, aren't you?
 
2017-09-08 09:28:56 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


There are two or three liberals who are Democrats. Some Centrists. And then the rest are what the Republicans used to be before the party embraced batshiat. I guess you can;t call them moderate Democrats if they are practically old-school (Eisenhower-type) Republicans.
 
2017-09-08 09:50:34 AM  

Befuddled: "Wow, things are really messed up in DC right now. There aren't many good Republicans left. I'm one of them so I know what I'll do to try to right this ship; I'll quit and let an insane rightwing partisan take my place."


Rumor has it that he knows he is going to lose his primary election so he is doing this to save face

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/07/dent-gop-pennsylvania-wont-s​e​ek-reelection-242470
 
2017-09-08 10:04:58 AM  
Moderate Republicans don't get the sweet, sweet Koch money. Believe in climate change, prefer to let people be without micromanaging their personal lives, know that all immigrants aren't "bad hombres"...well, kiss your career good bye. Richard Lugar can probably tell you about it.
 
2017-09-08 10:08:19 AM  

Befuddled: "Wow, things are really messed up in DC right now. There aren't many good Republicans left. I'm one of them so I know what I'll do to try to right this ship; I'll quit and let an insane rightwing partisan take my place."


Can you blame him?

I do not know whether he is doing this because he is fed up at what the party has become or convinced he will get steam rollered in the primary by someone that is more a Trump-styled Republican, but since 2008, I don't think any self-aware republican can pretend his party is not openly courting the paranoid, the bigoted, the hateful, and the crazy. If there are any moderate republicans left who retain party affiliation, they are either very skilled at self deception or have their eye so fixed on a singular prize (taxes, guns etc) that they feel it is worth ignoring these shennanigans.

/my opinion only.
 
2017-09-08 10:10:56 AM  

Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.


The solution should be obvious, Doc...quit voting for the crazies.
 
2017-09-08 11:21:56 AM  

Stone Meadow: Banned on the Run: There's tons of us.  Like 75% of the Republicans I know.
There's just none in Congress.  Or moderate Democrats.
Which is why Congress is broken.

The solution should be obvious, Doc...quit voting for the crazies.


I'll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I vote for a Democrat!

/Only deads and illegals vote for Dems anyway
//This is what RWNJs actually believe
///Threes
 
2017-09-08 11:28:48 AM  

Dare to keep slugs off kids: Hmmm...Our Wa. 8th district congresscRitter is retiring this term..I guess he was kind of moderate.


Chris Cillizza has a piece posted on CNN right now in which he suggests that both resignations (Dent and Reichert) are related and bode I'll for the Republican party.
 
2017-09-08 11:29:52 AM  

BMulligan: Dare to keep slugs off kids: Hmmm...Our Wa. 8th district congresscRitter is retiring this term..I guess he was kind of moderate.

Chris Cillizza has a piece posted on CNN right now in which he suggests that both resignations (Dent and Reichert) are related and bode I'll for the Republican party.


Bode ill. I hate autocorrect.
 
2017-09-08 11:40:38 AM  

BMulligan: BMulligan: Dare to keep slugs off kids: Hmmm...Our Wa. 8th district congresscRitter is retiring this term..I guess he was kind of moderate.

Chris Cillizza has a piece posted on CNN right now in which he suggests that both resignations (Dent and Reichert) are related and bode I'll for the Republican party.

Bode ill. I hate autocorrect.


Autocorrect is he'll.
 
2017-09-08 11:53:42 AM  

GoldSpider: Is there such a thing as a "moderate Nazi"?

Ya know, since every Republican is a Nazi now...


Not every Republican is a nazi, but pretty much every nazi is a Republican.
 
2017-09-08 12:26:59 PM  

GoldSpider: Is there such a thing as a "moderate Nazi"?

Ya know, since every Republican is a Nazi now...


No reasonable person said that, they just elected a man who defends Nazis, but you already knew that.
 
2017-09-08 12:29:21 PM  

jst3p: GoldSpider: Is there such a thing as a "moderate Nazi"?

Ya know, since every Republican is a Nazi now...

No reasonable person said that, they just elected a man who defends Nazis, but you already knew that.


FarkPol is not frequented by reasonable people, on average.
 
2017-09-08 01:05:39 PM  

GoldSpider: jst3p: GoldSpider: Is there such a thing as a "moderate Nazi"?

Ya know, since every Republican is a Nazi now...

No reasonable person said that, they just elected a man who defends Nazis, but you already knew that.

FarkPol is not frequented by reasonable people, on average.


If you honestly believe that why waste your time here?
 
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