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  • A Quote Quiz That Will Make Rick Santorum Want to Throw Up

    If Rick Santorum accomplishes nothing else this election cycle, he should be proud that he's made me question my own non-belief. When the world sends you someone so vividly quotable, it becomes difficult not to accept it as providential grace…

    GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said…that watching John F. Kennedy's speech to the Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960 made him want to "throw up."

    "To say that people of faith have no role in the public square?  You bet that makes you throw up.  What kind of country do we live that says only people of non-faith can come into the public square and make their case?" Santorum said…Santorum also said he does not believe in an America where the separation of church and state is "absolute."

    Santorum distorts the message of Kennedy's speech until it's indecipherable, but it offers an opportunity to challenge Indecision readers to a quote-off. Match the religion-related quote with the Republican politician who uttered it, then weep. Answers below the fold.

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    Tags: Barry Goldwater, James Garfield, John Kennedy, Primaries, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft
  • Quote Unquote: The New(t) Goldwater

    Soon-to-be-retiring Rep. Barney Frank on the ascendent presidential campaign of his old House nemesis Newt Gingrich

    "I did not think I lived a good enough life to see Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee… He would be the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater… It's still unlikely, but I have hopes."

    This might make for a funny sound bite, but it's worth noting that "the best thing to happen to Democrats since Barry Goldwater" might not be all that effective against "the best thing to happen to Republicans since Jimmy Carter."

    Tags: Barney Frank, Barry Goldwater, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Quote Unquote, Republicans
  • Why Is Jesse Ventura Wasting All His Good Points on Dumb People?

    Yesterday, Jesse Ventura — the former professional wrestler who has a smarter, more morally defensible take on torture than our president does — went on The View, of all places, yesterday to fight about the definition of "waterboarding" with Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

    Then, last night, he swung by Sean Hannity's sound stage*…

    And then, this morning, he was on Fox and Friends

    So, he's obviously making the media circuit in descending order of intelligence. I wonder what's next on his schedule? Too bad The Tony Danza Show isn't still on the air.


    * Watching that clip made my brain hurt. I can't even imagine what it must be like to get your world view from Sean Hannity. With the sense of reality you'd be left with, how would you even manage to perform basic everyday tasks?

    Tags: 9/11, al Qaeda, Barack Obama, Barry Goldwater, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Fox, George W. Bush, Jesse Ventura, Minnesota, Osama bin Laden, Ronald Reagan, Sean Hannity, Torture
  • Top Republican Consultant in Favor of Not Being in Favor of Sanctity of Marriage

    Steve Schmidt — former aide to George W. Bush and campaign adviser to John McCain — has recently come out of the closet in favor of gay marriage

    Today, Mr. Schmidt, who also served as a top Bush aide, discusses the subject with the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights. According to CNN, he will call on conservative Republicans to drop their opposition at a lunchtime speech in Washington.

    Mr. Schmidt, who has a sister who is a lesbian, plans to say that there is nothing about gay marriage that is un-American or that threatens the rights of others and that in fact it is in line with conservative principles.

    "There is a sound conservative argument to be made for same-sex marriage," Mr. Schmidt plans to say, according to speech excerpts obtained by CNN. "I believe conservatives, more than liberals, insist that rights come with responsibilities. No other exercise of one's liberty comes with greater responsibilities than marriage."

    Conservatives in favor of equal rights for gays? Heavens to mercy!

    Whatever would Barry Goldwater say?

    Tags: Barry Goldwater, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Steve Schmidt
  • Smackdown: Gingrich vs. Palin in 2012!

    The Great Republican Smackdown of 2012 is already gearing up!  Non-Republicans might be very amused to hear this, but the big fight shaping up is between two truly unlikely individuals: Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

    Each is stridently conservative, each is widely regarded as a loser, and each is being talked up for president in 2012.  (You can read about Palin's delusional advocates here and Gingrich's delusional advocates here.)

    Now, in the first shot across the bow, Gingrich is smacking down Palin's viability

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is batting down the hype that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin heads into 2012 as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination.

    Palin energized the Republican base after GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) tapped her as his running mate and she has tried to preserve her high public profile since Election Day.

    But Gingrich, an architect of the Republican revolution of 1994, took Palin down a notch, asserting that she would not become the party’s leader, as some have predicted.

    “I think that she is going to be a significant player,” said Gingrich during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”. “But she’s going to be one of 20 or 30 significant players. She’s not going to be the de facto leader.”

    Meanwhile, we can only presume that Gingrich is thinking of himself as that de facto leader.  At least if he reads Bob Novak's column.

    Stay tuned for more updates on who will claim the prize of serving as 2012's Barry Goldwater.

    Tags: Barry Goldwater, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin