Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The Agony of DefeatChristopher Orr, at The New Republic, recounts the latest pathetic story of rancorous Republicans spewing bilious clouds of nastiness as they sink into the muck and the despair that is Rove-McCain politics in this age of open-eyed citizenship.
Robin Hayes, a four-term Republican Congressman from North Carolina, told a crowd at a campaign event that "liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God." Afterwards, Hayes had his spokeswoman deny that he said anything of the sort.
Astonishingly, an audio recording of the event was found. Still more astonishingly, Hayes said just what he was accused of saying. He's since responded, "I genuinely did not recall making the statement and, after reading it, there is no doubt that it came out completely the wrong way. I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended."It must be hard to accept defeat when you're convinced God is on your side.
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Defend the bad against the worse."
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