Pat Robertson Thinks GOP Too Extreme

You know how far right the Republican presidential candidates have gone? So far that Pat freaking Robertson is telling them they need to come back to reality. Seriously.

I believe it was Lyndon Johnson that said, ‘Don’t these people realize if they push me over to an extreme position I’ll lose the election? And I’m the one who will be supporting what they want but they’re going to make it so I can’t win.’ Those people in the Republican primary have got to lay off of this stuff. They’re forcing their leaders, the frontrunners, into positions that will mean they lose the general election. Now whether this did it to Cain I don’t know, but nevertheless, you appeal to the narrow base and they’ll applaud the daylights out of what you’re saying and then you hit the general election and they say ‘no way’ and then the Democrat, whoever it is, is going to just play these statements to the hilt. They’ve got to stop this! It’s just so counterproductive!

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  • Larry

    I don’t think too extreme is the correct assessment. Bat-shit insane is much more accurate.

  • bbgunn

    I think Pat actually wants a “bat-shit insane” candidate. He just doesn’t want the bat-shit insane candidate expressing opinions that confirms the candidate will push bat-shit insane policies.

  • Sastra

    I read this the same way as bbgunn. Pat’s not concerned about the views being too extreme: he’s worried about the candidates being too outspoken, too soon.

    “All in good time, my pretties … all in good time.”

  • The TEA party will be the death of the Republicans. All of them have dropped their dog whistles and they’re parading around like they’re in heat for Jesus and low taxes. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous a flat-tax is or how simplistic the slogan, they have to waggle their asses on stage to show just how serious they are about driving this country into the ground.

    It’s like watching a Girls Gone Wild video. It’s exploitative and degrading and it will severely hamper any serious career decisions in the future but no-one has their camera trained on the woman whose shaking her head and weeping for feminism.

  • d cwilson

    but no-one has their camera trained on the woman whose shaking her head and weeping for feminism.

    Snarky political response:


    Sexist dude response:

    She’s just shaking the wrong body part.

    Seriously, Pat Robertson is the originator of the “stealth fundie candidate” strategy to sneak whackaloons into government positions. So, he probably is just worried that they’re letting the cat out of the bag too early.

    On the other hand, a barometer as to when the GOP has reached the point of no return is when Ann Coulter tells them they’re too extreme.

  • wilsim

    Gotta say i am with BB on this one.

    What i was able to glean from his comment isn’t that he opposes what they say, he just opposes that these things are being said publicly.

  • D. C. Sessions

    So tell me, Pat, what bothers you the most:

    * They’re not as insane as they act, and you don’t like them lying about it

    * They are as insane as they act, and you don’t like them letting the world know.

    Rhetorical question. He loses either way, because what he really in his heart of hearts [1] wants is someone who is just as batshit insane as he is to get the nomination with a wink and a nod so that he can win the general election by hiding the truth from the electorate who would never vote for him if they knew the truth.

    Well this whole “democracy” thing has its drawbacks, doesn’t it Pat?

    And this is what half of the country sees as “patriotism” and “Christian leadership.”

    [1] Yeah, ObQuirk

  • jollywahlstrom

    Didn’t Pat Robertson just go political? Can he lose his tax exempt status? Or did he lose that a long time ago?

  • kermit.

    Yeah, bbgunn has it right. Pat Robertson was one of the leaders of the Fundamentalist foray into politics during the Reagan years. They had pretty much stayed out of it before that, when I was a kid. It didn’t take them long to learn to be discrete about most issues that got them excited. They learned to speak in dog whistles and code phrases, so the merely conservative but sane (remember them?) would support them at the polls.

  • raven

    Well this whole “democracy” thing has its drawbacks, doesn’t it Pat?

    Robertson isn’t dismayed that the Tea Party is too extreme. He is a Dominionist kook and there is no such thing as too extreme.

    He is dismayed that they aren’t very good at hiding it.

  • jakc

    It is curious isn’t it? Pat not only doesn’t seem to see a difference between “Christian” and “Republican”, he doesn’t have any problem letting people know on his “religious” program.

  • Michael Heath

    I don’t think Pat’s communicating the candidates are too extreme, I think he’s complaining they are presenting themselves as too extreme and therefore will have more difficulty winning a general election. I realize a pedantic reading presents some assertions there too extreme, but that’s also followed with some sloppily presented contra frustations focused on losing rather than being too extreme. All in all typical Christianist babble as incoherent as a literal reading of their holy book.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I don’t think Pat’s communicating the candidates are too extreme, I think he’s complaining they are presenting themselves as too extreme

    In other words, he’s fine with them being so extreme that the electorate would reject them if it knew what they really stood for, because Pat himself is so extreme that the American public would reject him too.

    He just wants them to hide their true beliefs and how they plan to govern so that they can deceive the voting public.

    That Pat Robertson, he’s one righteous, honest example of a patriotic Christian ain’t he?

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  • Which sign of Armageddon is this?

  • matty1

    What is it with people called Pat, are any of them not wingnuts?

  • @matty1: Pat Morita was a wingnut? (He was the first pat celebrity to show up in the google search)

  • dingojack

    Matty – My thought exactly. – Dingo


    Noriyuki Morita was born in Isleton, California, 28 June 1932. He took the stage name ‘Pat’ after a Catholic Preist at the Gila River Camp in Arizona, where he and his family were detained during WWII.

  • Hold on, I have to go check the thermostat… it just got real cold down here.

  • birgerjohansson

    I suppose I should not be surprised…

    “Top Romney Adviser Tied to Militia That Massacred”

  • dochopper

    Some one stole the pledge week scripts .

    Pat Robertson.

  • barbarienne

    I must say, that as awful as I think it is that we as a country have had/are having to go through this dominionist crap, it’s kind of fun to watch them place the petard, sit on top of it, and then light the fuse.