April 1, 2015

Republican Quotes from the Democrats

Envelope from Democratic mailing
I’m looking at an envelope from a Democratic fund-raising mailing. The front of that envelope can be seen at the left. (Click on the image for a larger and rotated view.)

The envelope contains quotes from potential Republican presidential candidates. There is no reason to suspect that any of the quotations is phony, though no context is provided.

None of the quotations is an actual assertion of a fact, so “EXPOSE THEIR LIES!” is rather off-base. You can lie when expressing an opinion only if you don’t hold the opinion you are expressing. In that sense, I take all these statements to be truthful. They are more or less upsetting to most Democrats, however, and might even give some Republicans pause.

Here is a list of the quotations, reordered—in my opinion, of course—to place the most ridiculous quotes at the end.

Sit down and shut up!
— Chris Christie

Medicare is socialized medicine.
— Rand Paul

I do not believe there is a U.S. Constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
— Marco Rubio

I don’t think [the minimum wage] serves a purpose.
— Scott Walker

I think stopping Obamacare is the essence of pragmatism.
— Ted Cruz

[Women on welfare] should be able to get their life together and find a husband.
— Jeb Bush

One might ask that Democratic publicists work at being more coherent. The quotation from Jeb Bush, however, is definitely worth the price of admission.

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