Missouri Disgrace: Former Sen. Danforth Tells Think Progress GOP Becoming ‘Increasingly Inconsequential,’ ‘Intolerant’

The RINOs are circling the RINO wagons.
Former Missouri Senator John Danforth is now giving talking points to the Far Left quasi-communist and habitually dishonest website Think Progress.

What a disgrace.

THINKPROGRESS: What do you think is happening here?

DANFORTH: An effort by some, and apparently a large number, 60% in Indiana, to purge the Republican Party and to create something that’s ideologically pure and intolerant of anybody who does not agree with them — not just on general principles, but right across the board.

THINKPROGRESS: Do you stand by your view that GOP is beyond hope?

DANFORTH: If this trend succeeds, yeah. What they will be left with, if indeed they want to purge the party of all but people who have a particular ideological slant… it’s not a way to win elections, it’s not political sustainable. It might make them feel good for a time but doesn’t work, it hasn’t worked. It didn’t work in Nevada or in Delaware in last election. They won nominations but couldn’t win elections. I don’t know how you win elections without getting 51% of the vote. I don’t see how you’re gonna get 51% of the vote if you make it clear that people in your own party, who don’t absolutely agree with everything you want to do, aren’t wanted.

Nice work, Senator.
Feeding red meat to Think Progress.

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  • Trent Telenko

    Jim H,

    Why is this a surprise?

    Conservatives are tolerant of moderates, not the other way around, in Republican primary politics.

  • Jackosan10

    The 2010 elections seem to disagree with you sir. But Don’t expect a Dem to live in the real world, it is too painful for them .

  • http://votingfemale.wordpress.com VotingFemale

    A political moderate, Danforth was once quoted as saying he joined the Republican Party for “the same reason you sometimes choose which movie to see — [it’s] the one with the shortest line.”

    The “squeeking” RINO seems right at home with his pals at ThinkProgress

  • Tim in Cali

    Hey Senator,don’t let the door in you in the a** on the way out

  • moron

    Ex-Senator, those elected are to represent their constituents, not themselves.

  • pjean

    Just another “political lifer” who cannot believe anyone but him, should decide when he’s been in office long enough. Danforth took his seat in 1976 and he sees what happened to Lugar who was sworn in in 1977. It’s a new day and it appears that when it comes to term limits, the dreaded Tea Party is the only group of Americans who will put their money (or their votes) where their mouth is.

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    It sounds as though the good Senator isn’t familiar with the Junior Senators from Massachusetts, Kentucky & Florida, and the huge number of Conservative freshmen in the House.

  • Redwine

    He’s no longer a senator. He is inconsequential.


    Ok, let’s turn it around. Are you trying to tell me that Zippy and the DemocRats DON’T have a particular ideological slant? Are THEY running to us to compromise? The “I Won” is a model of biparisanship? You are so used to giving in that you mistake obsequiousness for statesmanship. Enjoy your retirement. You will have plenty of company soon.

    Whom would you rather have as your representative, Allen “Fix Your Bayonets” West or this old bowl of puddin?

  • mg4us

    It is no longer a republican vs DemocRAT thing. .

    It is Liberal/Statists/Elitist progressives vs Constitutional Conservatives

    Our debt did not get to where it is without help from the entrenched statist elitists & progressives. . .the only way to HOPE for CHANGE is to CHANGE the PLAYERS!

  • 1RedBeard

    Disgrace is not a strong enough word to describe someone who willfully tries to sabotage his own party, and does so via the enemy media.

    Danforth is probably the guy in the parade who looks around at his fellow marchers and says, “Look! Everyone is out of step but me!” Arrogance personified.

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    Hey, Sen. Danforth, do you recall the grand compromise the Democrats came up with to get Republican votes to pass Obamacare in 2009? Oh, yeah, they didn’t. In fact, they couldn’t get a single Republican vote for their socialist monstrosity.

  • Dittogirl

    Glad that he is a “FORMER” senator, and you can tell he resents it. In order to get even with the little people that dont share his view of “moderation”, he goes to a left wing news source to show you little morons that you mess with the bull, you get the horns!

    Isnt he a big man? Just wait, former senator, watch what happens in November 2012. The a$$ kicking of DemoRats and Rino’s has only just begun.

    Creep. The American people have had it with all of you. Go Tea Party!

  • stonedome

    well, this is no surprise…these guys have been wearing the leftist sheepskin for years…now that they are safe, they feel it’s their duty as a good comrade to head further left…i think we should hunt them all down for bringing our country to the brink of ruin.

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  • Redwine

    I joined, too, bg @16. 😉

  • stonedome

    “It didn’t work in Nevada or in Delaware in the last election.” mr danforth, the tea party was responsible for marco rubio beating governor crist in the fla republican primary and then winning the senate seat…what planet do you live on? do you think we are stupid? that’s a rhetorical question…you are a thing of the past and that’s why you are leaving. we want fighters, not caving compromisers.

  • StrangernFiction

    It isn’t about R vs. D.

  • Lazy

    #10 above is correct. It’s about progressives that are both on the left and the right. The progressive caucus has 75 members. The Tea Party caucus has 52 so it looks to me like we have more work to do.

    Just get over people who really think a republican in name only helps at all before now. They are progressives that push us deeper into debt. It gives credence to republicans being just as bad as democrats. Look how everyone says how we spend money just like they did when we were in charge. I would rather have democrats running the show and no RINO’s. It will mean the people can see what an ugly socialistic mess they are offering. They swallowed up the blue dogs not the tea party. Now that real conservatives are taking over what little RINOs that are left won’t dare to vote against them.

    Just ask any of those progressives what they are progressing towards. Most won’t give you an answer but if they do it will sound like something you can read in the communist manifesto.