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Sessions: Republicans model themselves on the Taliban

Pete Sessions, a Republican from Tennessee, has said that the Congressional Republicans are using a an extreme Islamic terrorist group, the Taliban, as their model for how to behave.  In an interview with Hotline, Sessions said the Republicans are following the Taliban’s strategy:

“Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban . . . . I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.”

So there you have it.  For eight long and horrible years, they accused Democrats of being terrorist sympathizers, but the minute they’re out of power, they simply admit they are modeling themselves on a group of terrorists involved with the 9/11 attacks.

When pressed, Sessions demurred and said he wasn’t comparing the Republicans to Islamic terrorists, but it is clear that that is exactly what he did do.


  1. Hollede

    Sessions denied that he was comparing the republicans to the Taliban and then did it again. I wonder if there is a tube out there…

    Nothing with him yet, but I found a couple of snaps on Sessions. Thank you for keeping this out there. I love when the repugs reveal themselves so clearly.

  2. WaPo has this:

    “We’re so far ahead of where we thought we’d be at this time,” said Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), one of several younger congressmen seeking to lead the party’s renewal. “It’s not a sign that we’re back to where we need to be, but it’s a sign that we’re beginning to find our voice. We’re standing on our core principles, and the core principle that suffered the most in recent years was fiscal conservatism and economic liberty. That was the tallest pole in our tent, and we took an ax to it, but now we’re building it back.”

    The second-ranking House Republican,  Rep. Eric Cantor (Va.), put it more bluntly. “What transpired . . . and will give us a shot in the arm going forward is that we are standing up on principle and just saying no,” he said.

    The idea is to replace the word “Tactic” with “Principle” and to spin “fiscal conservative” as “anti-stimulus”.  As an act of political theater it is working annoyingly well.  For someone like myself who in general agrees with the Republicans about low taxes and small gov’t – but is also paying attention to the global economy – this is obviously self-serving and hypocritical.  Very few economists (any?) actually argue that lowering taxes at a time like this is the way to stimulate the economy, this is a pure political play.

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