(Without jokes) We know they don't mean to, but Republicans sometimes slip up and tell the truth where the rest of us can hear it. Usually when they think they are talking to the True Believers and nobody else is listening, but occasionally right out in public. (See Inartfully Worded in the Code Words/Inartfully_Worded–Law_and_order glossary.) Here are a few of the best.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor
- "Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money—especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost." 'Things Could Get Pretty Messy', Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2, 2010.
- Mr. Cantor believes the American-Jewish community is overwhelmingly Democratic because Jews "are prone to want to help the underdog." ibid.
The article states that Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in Congress, in contrast with 40 Jewish Democrats.
- "I don't care about the Constitution!" in argument with Judge Andrew Napolitano on Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try five Gitmo detainees in NYC. Gets named Worst Person in the World on Olbermann twice in one day
George W. Bush
- "We don't do nation-building." 2000 campaign
- Scares White Republicans. "I mean I've been in the room and they've been scared of me." TV One interview
Passage of the...health care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent...the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.
But the...proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party...It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.
The 1993 Clinton Health care plan.
Diaried at dKos.
"We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals - and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship," said Grover Norquist, a leading Republican strategist, who heads a group called Americans for Tax Reform.
"Bipartisanship is another name for date rape," Norquist, a onetime adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said, citing an axiom of House conservatives.
Farrell, John A., "Rancor becomes top DC export: GOP leads charge in ideological war", The Denver Post, 26 May 2003, p. A-01.
Hatch asserted that the health bills, which he believes represent a "step-by-step approach to socialized medicine," will lead to Americans' dependence on Democrats for their health and other issues.
"And if they get there, of course, you're going to have a very rough time having a two-party system in this country, because almost everybody's going to say, 'All we ever were, all we ever are, all we ever hope to be depends on the Democratic Party,' " Hatch said during an interview with the conservative CNSNews.com.
"That's their goal," Hatch added. "That's what keeps Democrats in power."
R-TX32, talking to Hotline in 2009: "Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more, because of the Taliban. And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person's entire processes—I'm not saying that the Republican Party is the Taliban."—Called out in American Taliban, by Kos.