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Of Bachmann, Perry, Pawlenty and funny nicknames: new book takes on 2012 campaign

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry prior to a Sept. 7, 2011, debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Comments (19)

  1. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 11/05/2013 - 10:37 am.


    I don’t think books like that are worth much. They just are restatements of the views of whoever was willing to talk to them.

  2. Submitted by Richard Steuland on 11/05/2013 - 10:50 am.

    This list of Grifters and Comics sunk the GOP

    Sadly, this was the best the GOP had to offer. A Party of religious extremists that each tried to outdo each other of just how out of touch they were. Bachman finally had a moment of sanity when she said that she turns people off. Something about her is not genuine. Her marriage comes first to mind but also her lack of empathy . Tim was a second rate governor who used his office to run for President,neglecting Minnesota in the process. Nothing stellar about these two hacks. Far from the shining examples we have offered up in the past. But then again it was the best offered and I think it was all for the best. The GOP is not the Party my Father belonged back in the days of Barry Goldwater. Goldwater would not fit in with this extremely religious and narrow minded candidates.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/05/2013 - 12:07 pm.


      Barry Goldwater launched the modern conservative movement, which led to the election of Ronald Reagan, 33 years ago yesterday.

      Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan would be a tea partiers today and would have heartily endorsed Ted Cruz.

      Ask your father what Goldwater meant when he said “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

      • Submitted by Charles Holtman on 11/05/2013 - 01:54 pm.

        Except that

        The tea party’s motto is “extremism in the defense of authoritarianism.”

        But you are correct, Mr Tester – Goldwater did launch the modern conservative movement by gestating the southern strategy – the leveraging of existential fear to gain electoral allegiance to authoritarian government. There is a straight line from Goldwater to the tea party, and onward to something even more destructive of a free society.

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 11/05/2013 - 02:02 pm.


        I think Hubert Humphrey launched the modern conservative movement in 1948, when he successfully got the DNC to adopt Civil Rights as a major plank of their party platform. 35 southern democrats walked out, formed the “Dixiecrat” party, and nominated Strom Thurmond to a pro-segregation ticket. The Republicans quickly picked up the Dixiecrats’ electoral strength in the south and the rest, as they say, is history.

      • Submitted by Lance Groth on 11/05/2013 - 03:49 pm.


        “…and Ronald Reagan would be a tea partiers today”

        Unlikely, and even if he wanted to be, the TP wouldn’t have him. While Governor of California, he signed the largest tax increase in state history, and doubled spending. While president, he raised taxes 11 times, increased the size of the federal government, tripled the federal budget deficit, bailed out Social Security and set up a progressive tax schedule to fund it going forward, and granted amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants.

        Those are all non-starters in today’s TP.

      • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 11/05/2013 - 03:52 pm.

        Doubt it Tester –

        Goldwater despised Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and others who mixed religion and conservatism. He also stated in 1994 that a person had a constitutional right to be gay. Doubt that Cruz would have received an endorsement from either Reagan or him.

        • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/05/2013 - 04:16 pm.

          I despised

          Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, et al. But we were all on the same side against the atheists and the secular humanists. No conservative that I know of believes people don’t have a right to be gay. You’re a victim of your own beliefs of what a conservative is.

          We believe all individuals should be free. We don’t believe in group rights and neither did Barry Goldwater.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 11/05/2013 - 11:38 am.

    Unlikely to be much read

    Who cares about a bunch of losers and jerks and their failed campaigns of ancient history? Now, the book may sell, but doubt it will be widely read. Like Cheney’s book, been there done that once was enough.

  4. Submitted by jason myron on 11/05/2013 - 01:15 pm.

    Goldwater in the Tea Party?

    More revisionist thinking from Tester….in 1987 he said that the Republican party had been taken over by a bunch of kooks, that Iran-Contra was the “stupidest foreign policy blunder this country has ever made”, criticized the military’s ban on homosexuals, was pro abortion, hated the evangelicals and wanted to legalize medical marijuana, endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress, and my favorite quote …told a establishment republicans to , “Do not associate my name with anything you do. You are extremists, and you’ve hurt the Republican party much more than the Democrats have.” If Goldwater were alive to day, you would shun him as a traitor. Both Goldwater and Reagan would laugh at Ted Cruz….and rightly so.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/05/2013 - 04:20 pm.

      You obviously know nothing

      about the tea party, conservatives or the republican party. Conservatives have been criticizing the republican party for quite some time now. It was in all the papers.

      Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Ted Cruz all had/have more in common with libertarianism than with the republican party. You should really take some time to do some reading.

  5. Submitted by David Frenkel on 11/05/2013 - 01:56 pm.


    I have higher regard for the fish than the politicians in this story,.

  6. Submitted by Richard Steuland on 11/05/2013 - 03:21 pm.

    Yesterday’s Goldwater Republicans nothing like Today’s

    Keep in mind that the GOP was hijacked by the Moral Majority and these people are not the free thinkers of the Goldwater era. Today’s Tea Party followers are mindless and easily manipulated by the ones who finance them These people have an motive to install a Dominionist Theocracy. Fascists ,such as these gladly give their freedoms away to the Koch brothers in order to install their Fascist Form of government. Goldwater Republicans saw the Democratic form as repressive. In order to garner votes they made people think they needed them. My dad’s idea was that every person, regardless of race or gender was equal to anyone else. And could if allowed stand on their own two feet, succeed. Both of the two political parties have been hijacked by monied interests due to lack of campaign finance reform. As Perrot said, “Thers not a dimes worth of difference between them”. Obama is to the right of center when compared to Nixon and Reagan.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/05/2013 - 04:22 pm.

      Total nonsense

      You should ignore what the guys say down at the union hall and do some independent study if you want to know the truth.

  7. Submitted by jason myron on 11/05/2013 - 07:41 pm.

    Where would you suggest?

  8. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 11/05/2013 - 09:56 pm.

    The Tea Party has run dry

    It’s history, and it is dragging the Republican party down. The demise of the TP is actually kind of a relief. It’s nice to know something that stupid and ignorant can’t survive on the American political landscape.

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