the know nothing party

CNN and Politico: The Know-Nothings were an American political organization of the 19th century known for their opposition to Catholics and recent immigrants – they got their name because they were, at least in theory, sworn to profess total ignorance about their activities. Their heyday was the 1850s, but after some electoral victories, the Civil War pretty much knocked them out of the spotlight.

Vice President Biden, speaking Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., referenced the Know-Nothings in complaining about the strategy of congressional Republicans who want to, he said, “cut our way out of a recession.”

“It’s never happened before, these guys remind me of the Know-Nothing Party of the 19th century. Then it was about religion, now it’s about the economy.”

Biden, who appeared with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, took some specific swipes at Gov. Rick Scott, a first-term Republican who has rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando. Scott said he doubted enough people would use the train.

“Your governor, God bless him, I don’t know him, but I don’t get it. Even if you were doubtful, I don’t understand how in this economy in Florida you could walk away from 24,000 high paying jobs.”


Love ya Joe 😉

22 Responses to “the know nothing party”

  1. 1 Ladyhawke
    March 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    All I can say is, more of this please. The feckless media is not reporting on what is really happening with the Republican governors. Rachel Maddow keeps pointing this out on the show lately. The media has its head in the sand. What we need is some real reporting but the lazy media stenographers are too happy to just provide an echo chamber for the GOP talking points. The media in this country is a total embarrassment.

  2. 2 CEB
    March 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I live in Florida, suffering under this fool and crook who is the creature of the tea party. His days are numbered as more people realize that they voted against themselves when they voted for him (or stayed home). He was recently booed when he showed up at a baseball game.

    • 3 Jessica
      March 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Which game? Where?

    • 4 africa
      March 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      I live in Florida, too. And I live in a red district. My mouth nearly dropped the other day when I heard someone I know talk about Rick Scott in a way I never thought would come out of this person’s mouth.

      “We voted for a crazy man,” — those words made me to do a double turn. Lots of people are having buyer’s remorse.

      I hope to leave this area as soon as my kid graduates high school.

      • 5 Jessica
        March 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

        I live in Broward County and Fredricka Wilson is my rep so I’m in the blue. But Scott is still my governor and it sucks.

      • March 23, 2011 at 11:12 pm

        There’s so much buyers remorse going on right now, Africa, not least in Wisconsin. We can only hope the voters show some sense next time.

    • March 24, 2011 at 4:12 am

      CEB, do you have a recall process in Florida? I reaaly don’t understand how a corrupt douche bag could have been elected who was part of a Medicare scam so huge.. I still wonder if the fact that his opponent took a text from her campaign manager had anything to do with his win.. Please tell us… Thank you…

      • 8 Jessica
        March 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

        Nope! Floridian voters cannot recall a Governor. A D Rep has brought forth a bill but it won’t pass.

  3. 9 Jessica
    March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Rick Scott has the lowest approval rating in the history of the U.S. for Govenors. I think it was 28 (or maybe 24). No one likes him, Rethugs or Dems. It’s really saying something when teapublicans think you’re insane.

  4. 10 Tulips
    March 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Lets see if MSM will report. i won’t hold my breathe

  5. 11 Tulips
    March 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Chipsticks have you heard from BWD is she ok.

    • March 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Tulips, I emailed BWD earlier just to check everything is okay, I told her our worry over her absence was an indication of just how much she means to us. I’m hoping that she’s just busy and hasn’t had a chance to post today, but I missed her so much. Love her.

  6. 13 Tulips
    March 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks! chipstick just concerned.

  7. 14 HZ
    March 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for the great links to the article. I am one to trust our President. He is working so hard and many will never appreciate his hard work, but we will keep standing with him.
    Thank you Chipsticks for checking on BWD. I was concerned also, but I was thinking that she was taking much needed RR. Good night to all of you. You all are such great friends. Oh, thank God for our beloved VP. We love Joe for just plain telling it like it is in the mix. I have family in Fl., and no one likes this Gov. Scott.

  8. 15 Sonjia Duncan
    March 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I worry about all of my friends and relations who live in states with these crazy hater governors. Some of the policies they want to pass will delay the recovery and set progress back for years. I just can’t understand the need to destroy education unless they are just afraid that educated people will not allow most of what they say or do.

  9. 16 barb
    March 24, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Go get em Joe!!!! I hope other states wake up who changed hands for a teapartier. I have the former Senator Brownback as our govenor now after Obama (bless his heart) took away our Kathleen Sebeilus. He even made a joke about her at the Gridiron Dinner

    On Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, “In these tough times I’ve asked all my Cabinet members to cut even those things that they care deeply about. In Kathleen’s case, it was her once-promising political career.” Sebelius was governor of Kansas before she became Secretary of HHS and had once been mentioned for the Senate.

    I hope BWD is getting some rest and is OK.

  10. 17 lookingglassjourney
    March 24, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Heavens have mercy! Can somebody please speed this process up from Willam Jennings Bryan to Theodore Roosevelt?

    • 18 lookingglassjourney
      March 24, 2011 at 6:04 am


      That was me being snarky. Thought I’d point that out. And it’s spelled – *William* Jennings Bryan. I can’t seem to get that typo evader off of my keyboard. History buffs ought to have fun with my above comment. 😉

  11. 19 Andogriff
    March 24, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I am an ex-pat, but FL is my state. Can’t believe Scott rejected the funds and high speed rail project, makes me so angry. How can people be so stupid, and keep electing these idiots??

    • 20 lilaf1
      March 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

      A lot of people were still hurting economically in 2010 and they looked around and said to themselves, “Things can’t get any worse than they are now. Who is in charge? I will vote for the other side and hope that makes things better.” Now they are finding out that, indeed, things can be worse and the “other side” is doing all it can to make the bad times not only worse but to be sure they last longer. It is waking people up a lot.

      Here in Michigan, we have been going through a very, very rough time economically. Our trade agreements have killed our state over the past decade. Luckily, we had a good Democratic governor for most of the time and she helped minimize the devastation but devastation it still was. People don’t pay enough attention to see what was done or think about how much worse it could have been. They just looked at the state’s huge problems and figured they gave Democrats eight years to fix things and things weren’t fixed yet so it was time to try the other guy. Now they are very sorry they did. They don’t like the new guy’s “solutions” at all and are kicking themselves for voting for him. I think this happening all over the industrial midwest. In fact, if the Republicans had tried to come up with a strategy to ensure that this purple region went deep blue in 2012 they couldn’t have come with a better plan than to fool the people into voting for them in 2010 and then proposing and enacting the legislation they have in the past few months.

      • 21 majii
        March 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

        I think that they didn’t have a clue when they were shouting about “the government is taking away our rights!” over the last 2 + years as they bought into the rw slogans and lies, and now that they’re finding out that it is the republicans who are actually taking away their rights, they’re in shock. I’m hoping that this will be a sort of wake up call to those who tend to get on the first faux populist bandwagon that they “think” has their best interests in mind but doesn’t. We and PBO warned them repeatedly, but they didn’t listen. It’s a hard lesson they’re having to learn. Why they thought that they had anything in common with the Koch Bros and other corporate wh*res is something that I’ll never understand.

  12. March 25, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Have you all noticed the Repugs don’t talk about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs at all. This was their theme for 2 years and now just silence…… Repubs can’t lead, budget or make international friendships stick, they are jokes…

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