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Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Sunday warned Republicans that fringe elements were causing the party to shrink and it was “just gerrymandering” that allowed the GOP to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 elections.

A Republican State Leadership Committee report released earlier this month acknowledged that a “Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority in 2013.”

On Sunday, Scarborough pointed to this as evidence that the Republican Party needed to become more inclusive.

“William F. Buckley in the 1960s at some point had to start defining the boundaries of conservatism,” Scarborough explained to NBC’s David Gregory. “He went after the John Birch Society, Ayn Rand, George Wallace. That has to happen again with this party because it’s getting smaller and smaller.”

“In this debate, we actually have conservative thinkers, talking about Ronald Reagan being a RINO — a Republican in name only — because he supported an assault weapons ban. They keep pushing themselves closer and closer to the cliff.”

“But I just have to say one other really important point, because I made a mistake over the past month talking about how Republicans have also won a majority in the House,” he continued. “We actually got a minority of votes nationwide in House races.”

“It was just gerrymandering from 2010 that gave us the majority.”

A post-election analysis by Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser determined that House Democrats actually received almost 1.4 million more votes than House Republicans in 2012, but thanks to partisan gerrymandering, Democrats would have needed to win by 7.25 percentage points to take back control of Congress.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/20/scarborough-on-republicans-winning-house-majority-it-was-just-gerrymandering/

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Bill Maher “New Rule: Paul Ryan has to show us his birth certificate.  Here me out. He’s an Ayn Rand fanatic, lifts weights every day, and worships Led Zeppelin.  I’m not worried that he was born overseas.  I’m worried that he’s 17.”

Posted September 3, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Rep Paul Ryan (R- VP Nominee) February 2, 2005 “I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are and what my beliefs are.  It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff…The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it wold be Ayn Rand.”
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Playboy: Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?
Ayn Rand: Qua religion, no – in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man’s life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very – how should I say it? – dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith. [Playboy interview with Ayn Rand]

Posted August 11, 2012 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day, Religion

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