Rachel Maddow Slams Republicans for Unpatriotic Actions

"Get out of the way of the people who are actually trying to save the country."
You've probably seen/heard similar assessments of the stimulus debate this week, but I found Rachel Maddow's take especially compelling. (Yes, this is from Friday, but I got a little behind on my Tivo watching.)

For those who can't watch clips online, here's the transcript of the key portion:

"Cutting food-stamp funding to attract Republican support is proof-positive that the Republicans are not trying to come up with an effective stimulus here. If your house is on fire, and you call your fire department, and your fire department tells you to pour gasoline on the flames, they're not actually making a good-faith effort to help you put out the fire. They're not a good fire department.

Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."
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