We’ve got some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.Grover Norquist, on some Republicans’ recent comments that they’d break the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to reach a deal that avoids the fiscal cliff. (via officialssay)
I always hate this kind of scapegoating after elections. I mean, when you lose, you lost. Someone asked me the other day, ‘Why did Mitt Romney lose?’ Because he got less votes than Barack Obama. That’s why.NJ Gov. Chris Christie • Discussing his displeasure with the mental gymnastics that both parties frequently display, after losing an election, in an interview with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’. Gov. Christie has become the most recent prominent Republican to publicly dismiss Mitt Romney’s theory that “gifts” won President Obama the election, though he’s far from the only one to do so. source
We can’t afford [Obamacare], and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.Speaker of the House John Boehner • In an opinion piece published by the Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday, revealing that the GOP isn’t quite ready to abandon the fight over The Affordable Care Act. The Ohio Republican has said, in no uncertain terms, that he expects President Obama to be willing to negotiate over some/all of the law’s provisions if a “fiscal cliff” deal is to be reached. source
I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States…I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all.Sen. Marco Rubio • Answering a direct question on the Earth’s age during an interview with GQ’s Michael Hainey. We don’t expect the Senator’s comments to make my headlines on their own; however, the overall tone of the piece certainly seemed to have the air of a man testing the political waters for a spot on the Republican ticket in 2016. Then again, maybe we’re just overanalyzing. Thoughts? source
I was looking for something like baseball, where there’s a lot of data and the competition was pretty low. That’s when I discovered politics.Nate Silver • Discussing his move into the political realm after years as a baseball statistics nerd. The Guardian’s piece on Silver is super-fascinating.