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    Corker's Characterization of GOP as a Cult

    During Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd interviewed Rep. Mark Sanford (R), who recently lost renomination for his House seat in South Carolina after President Trump criticized him while endorsing his primary opponent on Twitter. Hoping for an intra-party fight to break out, Todd read aloud a quote from Senator Bob Corker, also a Trump critic, comparing the GOP to a cult. Todd then asked Sanford “would you use that word?” Later in the interview, Todd asked Sanford if he had any plans to run against President Trump in 2020.

    The President’s last-minute tweet evidently paid off, as Arrington defeated Sanford in the Republican primary with a majority of the vote, avoiding the need for a runoff later this month. Sanford’s loss makes him the second congressman to get defeated in a primary during the 2018 election cycle.

    Sanford, whose tenure in Congress will expire at the conclusion of the 115th Congress, volunteered to take some questions from Todd, who asked him if he agreed with the following quote from retiring Tennessee Senator Bob Corker: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be purportedly of the same party.”

    Sanford said that he would not go so far as to compare the GOP to a cult but he also said “the idea that you can't speak out and say I disagree with you here but I agree with you on 90 percent of the stuff is again, a twilight world that I've never seen.”

    Todd Asks Sanford If He Agrees With Corker's Characterization of GOP as a Cult
    We’re tempted to suggest a conspiracy here — but it’s just liberals agreeing yet again that conservatives have hidden, evil motives, because modern liberals simply can’t conceive of any other reason to disagree with the liberal consensus.

    “Moral precepts are constant through the ages and not obedient to circumstances.”

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    Imagine No Democrats Kyle's Avatar
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    Talk about projection!!!
    "If You Don’t Read the Newspaper You Are Uninformed, If You Do Read the Newspaper You Are Misinformed." - Mark Twain

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    I'm guessing a lot of it is sour grapes but - aren't all political parties kind of like that? Where for the sake of party unity, you don't revile its leadership?
    You can take exception to positions on issues, but you don't criticize the leaders?

    Because I'm trying hard to think of a time where a major political party DIDN'T get all in a kerfuffle over some person WITHIN the party criticizing its leaders.
    And how third parties have totally crumbled - not on opinions on issues - but division over the party's leaders, such as United We Stand/Reform Party,
    the Progressive/Bull Moose party and so on. Like it or not, the party does survive on loyalty to leadership.

    How else do we account for what we all know as "political spin" - the idea of a deliberately biased interpretation of events that are taken to often absurd lengths -
    such as we saw in events surrounding Hillary up to and after her campaign? Why is it that the Democratic Party is loathe to brook any criticism of her within
    their ranks?
    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds." Teddy Roosevelt

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