In an increasingly depressing GOP political cycle, where reason, logical, and rational behavior has been tossed aside to support the irrational punditry of the right, two voices of reason are emerging: Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham! Neither STATESMAN is thinking about himself or his party – they are thinking about the country! That’s the way it was once done, folks.
The Pink Flamingo does not want to slight Tom Coburn, James Inhofe, or John McCain who are the other voices of reason within the GOP. Unfortunately, these five men may be the only voices of reason within Mitt Romney’s GOP.
Mitt Romney’s GOP is one where there is no actual intellectual honesty. His flunkies in elected positions throughout the country are doing all they can to monkey-wrench the election in favor of Mitt Romney. It is increasingly rare to find a voice of reason, honor, and honesty. Twice, in two days we have been given a sign that there is indeed reason, honor, and honesty within the GOP.
Naturally the statesman like leadership of both Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush will be denigrated, insulted, and threatened. They aren’t pure. They are setting Mitt Romney up as an example of GOP perfection.
“…Conservatives in the blogosphere lashed out at Jeb Bush for saying that Ronald Reagan and his father, George H.W. Bush, would not have fit well in the modern Republican Party, ripping the former Florida governor as a “RINO” and dismissing his “steaming pile of nonsense.”
The internet uproar was touched off by Bush’s remarks at a Bloomberg View event on Monday when he said, “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican Party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”…”
To add insult to injury, after Jeb insulted to current crop of stupidity, Lindsey had to go open his big mouth.
“…“When you talk about eliminating deductions and tax credits for the few, at the expense of the many, I think over time the Republican Party’s position is going to shift. It needs to, quite frankly, because we are $16 trillion in debt,” he said.
“I’m willing to move my party, or try to, on the tax issue. I need someone on the Democratic side being willing to move their party on structural changes to entitlements.”
Graham said, for instance, he would support a plan that included $4 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. During a Republican debate last August, all eight Republican candidates in attendance said they would reject a proposal to trade $10 in spending cuts for even $1 in tax increases.
“We’re so far in debt, that if you don’t give up some ideological ground, the country sinks,” said Graham….”
If you want to really know about Norquist, he said some nasty things about both Lindsey and Jeb. Let’s be honest here, Norquist doesn’t give a damn about the country. He’s all about Grover Norquist and his importance. Until we have more LEADERS and STATESMEN like a Lindsey Graham or a Jeb Bush, this country is in very serious trouble.
It is so rare for any sort of candid honesty within the GOP these days, it is no wonder I became almost giddy. It is like grasping for any sort of hope, looking for just a little point of light, something good in the midst of the appalling darkness.
I just hope that more men and women within the GOP will realize that they need to put the country ahead of personal ambition.