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Senator Danforth (R) Rips Today's GOP

By John Martin - Posted on 01 December 2011

On a St. Louis radio show yesterday, retired Senator John Danforth elaborated on how he felt about today's party, and those running for the Republican nomination:

I’ve been watching some of these republican debates and they’re just terrible. Terrible.  How many have they had?  Something like nine, ten, something like that, it seems like every week there’s a debate and, uh, and it’s embarrassing for me as a republican to watch this stuff...
What have been the big applause lines in these debates? Well, a statement that the governor of Texas is responsible for killing 234 people on death row.  Or that we favor torture. Or that we’re creating a fence on the Mexican border that electrocutes people when they try to cross it. Or when people show up at the emergency room at hospitals and they’re not insured don’t treat them. And that, I mean these are the big applause lines, people just hoop and holler when they hear all that...
It doesn’t have anything to do with the republican party that I was a part of. This is just totally different. And all of these people who are saying this, y’know, and claiming that, y’know, they’re for all this stuff, they also sort of ostentatiously say, “Oh, we’re very religious people.  We really, we’re just very pious, Christian people.”  They were for torture, and electrocution of the people on along the border and all of that. That doesn’t have anything to do with, is contrary to the Christianity that I understand.

I am pleasantly surprised. Danforth was pretty hard line politically but as I recall he was not a hate-monger (although some who remember him as  principal Senate advocate for Clarence Thomas at the latter's Supreme Court confirmation hearing might beg to differ).

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