Former GOP Senator Bashes Party: “Most Americans Are Simply Ignoring Republicans — and They Should”

JuddGreggIn a Monday morning op-ed published on, a former Republican senator had some harsh words for his own party based on the current wave of radicalism that seems to be taking over the GOP.

Judd Gregg, who’s a former senator from New Hampshire, had a detailed and very critical assessment targeted at his party and how they’ve let the fringe radicals take over the “mainstream” message of the GOP.

Gregg wrote:

“Most Americans these days are simply ignoring Republicans. And they should.  The self-promotional babble of a few has become the mainstream of Republican political thought. It has marginalized the influence of the party to an appalling degree.”

But he didn’t stop with just that.  He went into great detail when attacking the utter stupidity of any politician who thinks the vote to increase our debt ceiling should be used as some kind of political leverage:

“An approach to the debt ceiling that says one will not vote for its extension unless ObamaCare is defunded is the political equivalent of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers of the gun loaded.  It is the ultimate no-win strategy.

You cannot in politics take a hostage you cannot shoot.  That is what the debt ceiling is.  At some point, the debt ceiling will have to be increased not because it is a good idea but because it is the only idea.

Defaulting on the nation’s obligations, which is the alternative to not increasing the debt ceiling, is not an option either substantively or politically.

A default would lead to some level of chaos in the debt markets, which would lead to a significant contraction in economic activity, which would lead to job losses, which would lead to higher spending by the federal government and lower tax revenues, which would lead to more debt.”

And everything he said is absolutely true.  This Republican strategy makes absolutely no sense.  How anyone takes these people seriously baffles me every single day.  There’s a difference between an ideological difference on issues such as abortion or spending, and taking care of fiscal obligations.  When you’re operating on some kind of “reality” that simply does not exist, as people like Senator Ted Cruz and other fringe radicals have been, how am I not supposed to consider you insane?

Like I’ve said before, they can shutdown our government and default on our debt, but you know what?  Obamacare will still be the law of the land.

So in the end, what will they have accomplished besides hurting millions of Americans and crashing our economy?  The answer is simple—absolutely nothing.

Well, maybe not “nothing.”  Ted Cruz has done a masterful job at using his entire term as United States Senator as a taxpayer funded presidential campaign.  Because that’s all this really is —  Ted Cruz using his position in the Senate to get taxpayer-funded exposure for a 2016 presidential bid.

But it is refreshing to be reminded that not all Republicans are insane.  Once upon a time, some Republicans actually made sense.  It just seems like those days were very, very long ago.


*Correction added 9/25/2013 5:30 PM PDT:

This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that Gregg is a former senator from New Hampshire, not Rhode Island as was originally incorrectly stated.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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