Dumb stuff Republicans say on the Senate floor

News & Politics

OK, folks, it's Friday, it's been a long week in the United States Senate and I've decided to bring some amusement into your lives by showing you some dumb things that Republicans said this week on the Senate floor. Nothing big… Nothing momentous…. Just enough to make you say "huh?"

DeMint Makes Theodore Roosevelt Spin In Grave

Or, one Chickenhawk uses Roosevelt's words to praise another Chickenhawk… Here's ultraconservative Jim DeMint (R-SC) getting all verklempt while giving a stirring floor speech about the "war on terror" and how George W. Bush stands alone in his heroic world vision -- and invoking Teddy Roosevelt to praise the man who brought us the Iraq quagmire:

"One of our greatest Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, 'It is not the critic who counts.' 'The credit,' he said, 'belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.'
"The credit, Roosevelt said, belongs to the man 'who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.'
"At this very moment, our Commander in Chief and those he commands are daring greatly."
Kind of hard to picture guys like Bush or DeMint ever being "marred by dust and sweat and blood," isn’t it? DeMint did his time while of military age striving "valiantly" at the University of Tennessee and Clemson University while Bush, well, who knows where the hell he was?

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