Former GOP Congressman Gets Specific On Who’s To Blame For Republican F*ckery

Robert Reich recently posted on Facebook about a conversation he has with an old friend who happens to be a former Republican congressman. Reich, a favorite among Democrats and an advocate of sanity, wouldn’t identify his friend, but he did go into great detail about the chat they shared.

It isn’t just Democrats who have noticed the crazy brewing inside the ranks of Republicana; lifelong GOPers are seeing it too and they’re disgusted. Here’s the transcript of Reich’s conversation as posted on his Facebook page:

The other night I phoned a former Republican member of Congress with whom I’d worked in the 1990s on various pieces of legislation. I consider him a friend. I wanted his take on the Republican candidates because I felt I needed a reality check. Was I becoming excessively crotchety and partisan, or are these people really as weird as they seem? We got right into it:

Me: ‘So what do really you think of these candidates?’

Him: ‘You want my unvarnished opinion?’

Me: ‘Please. That’s why I called.’

Him: ‘They’re all nuts.’

Me: ‘Seriously. What do you really think of them?’

Him: ‘I just told you. They’re bonkers. Bizarre. They’re like a Star Wars bar room.’

Me: ‘How did it happen? How did your party manage to come up with this collection?’

Him: ‘We didn’t. They came up with themselves. There’s no party any more. It’s chaos. Anybody can just decide they want to be the Republican nominee, and make a run for it. Carson? Trump? They’re in the lead, and they’re both out of their f*cking minds.’

Me: ‘That’s not reassuring.’

Him: ‘It’s a disaster. I’m telling you, if either of them is elected, this country is going to hell. The rest of them aren’t much better. I mean, Carly Fiorina? Really? Rubio? Please. Ted Cruz? Oh my god. And the people we thought had it sewn up, who are halfway sane — Bush and Christie — they’re sounding almost as batty as the rest.’

Me: ‘Who’s to blame for this mess?’

Him: ‘Roger Ailes, David and Charles Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh. I could go on. They’ve poisoned the American mind and destroyed the Republican Party.’

Me: ‘Nice talking with you.”

Him: ‘Sleep well.’

How anyone could “sleep well” after a conversation like that is beyond me. I got chills down my spine just thinking about it.

Featured image by Gage Skidmore

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