Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hey, Harry! Why not quote Margaret Chase Smith? 

Seeing as how Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are both from Maine?

Here's what Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) said in her "Declaration of Conscience" in the depths of the McCarthy era in 1950:

But I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the four horsemen of calumny—fear, ignorance, bigotry and smear.

I doubt if the Republican Party could—simply because I don’t believe the American people will uphold any political party that puts political exploitation above national interest. Surely we Republicans aren’t that desperate for victory.

I don’t want to see the Republican Party win that way. While it might be a fleeting victory for the Republican Party, it would be a more lasting defeat for the American people. Surely it would ultimately be suicide for the Republican Party and the two-party system that has protected our American liberties from the dictatorship of a one-party system.
(via "History Matters")

Quoting JFK is well and good, but it's the Republican moderates—this time, two women from Maine, not one—we need.

Or, readers, you could courteously call them (back) and quote those words yourself.

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