Blind Pig/Acorn (2) Alan Simpson edition
Via TPM (again):
“For heaven’s sake, you have Grover Norquist wandering the earth in his white robes saying that if you raise taxes one penny, he’ll defeat you,” [Simpson] added. “He can’t murder you. He can’t burn your house. The only thing he can do to you, as an elected official, is defeat you for reelection. And if that means more to you than your country when we need patriots to come out in a situation when we’re in extremity, you shouldn’t even be in Congress.”
“If you want to be a purist, go somewhere on a mountaintop and praise the East or something. But if you want to be in politics, you learn to compromise. And you learn to compromise on the issue without compromising yourself. Show me a guy who won’t compromise and I’ll show you a guy with rock for brains.”
Simpson admits that such heresies mark him as a RINO — which is truly amazing considering his actual politics over decades. But there we are. We have one centrist political party, and one gang of rocks-for-brains political suicide bombers. And there is a non-trivial chance that said feral sociopathic children may control both houses of Congress and the White House next January.
We have a ton of work to do ‘twixt now and then, folks.
Image: Albert Bierstadt, Farallon Islands, before 1902. (Me mum loved Bierstadt, as do I.)