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Pat Buchanan Slams ‘94 Contract With America As “Overrated,” “Silly”
Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2010 | Frances Martel

Posted on 04/17/2010 2:41:42 PM PDT by EveningStar

With a Democratic president’s approval ratings on decline and a loud right-wing opposition, many pundits are harking back to the Clinton days when then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed a Contract with America that got Republicans a 60-seat gain in Congress. Pat Buchanan joins them, but only to bash the Contract as “one of the most overrated things in politics.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antisemite; antisemitism; contractwithamerica; judeophobes; judeophobia; patbuchanan; pjb
I don't know what to think of Mediaite. I do know that it's run by Dan Abrams.
1 posted on 04/17/2010 2:41:42 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Oh God... I agree with Pat Buchanan.

I think the world is ending. Seriously, “silly” is exactly what I would call it. PR stunt at best.


2 posted on 04/17/2010 2:43:32 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: EveningStar
Pat Buchanan can bite me.

Seriously.

3 posted on 04/17/2010 2:43:57 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: EveningStar

PAT’S OFF HIS MEDS! < /S >


4 posted on 04/17/2010 2:45:04 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Obamunism: You have two cows. The regime redistributes them and shoots you dead)
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To: EveningStar

The contract was brilliant. The subsequent betrayal, not so much.


5 posted on 04/17/2010 2:45:44 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: EveningStar

That’s exactly what I think of Pat Buchanan.


6 posted on 04/17/2010 2:45:53 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Truthers to the Left of me, Birthers (pretending to be) to the Right of me!)
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To: EveningStar

Pat’s suffering from media attention deficit syndrome.


7 posted on 04/17/2010 2:47:35 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: EveningStar
FYPB.
8 posted on 04/17/2010 2:48:11 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: EveningStar

Hey Pat...you’re overrated!

You ridiculous MSNBC A$$HAT!


9 posted on 04/17/2010 2:48:53 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: EveningStar

There is a reason why the most liberal TV network chose him as their ‘token’ Conservative(so-called).


10 posted on 04/17/2010 2:56:36 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

My God, are all the loons out? Is there a full moon?

I know we’re living in the Twilight Zone, but get real.


11 posted on 04/17/2010 3:02:40 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: EveningStar

What has Pat Buchanan ever done for the American people?

Nothing.

He is taking shots at folks who did do something. Now, I may not agree with everything Newt Gingrich has done since leaving Congress, but Newt has been far more pro-active and consistent in his actions and statements than Buchanan ever has in his lifetime.


12 posted on 04/17/2010 3:05:59 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: EveningStar

With the “contract” the Repubs swept congress, and then proceeded to force Clinton to enact their agenda. He was reduced to claiming credit for signing bills after they beat the snot out of him and made him sign them.

To this day he still takes credit for their agenda. What else has he got?


13 posted on 04/17/2010 3:07:04 PM PDT by marron
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To: autumnraine

The one thing that would have counted for something, term limits, didn’t happen. It was an anti-Toon vote all the way.


14 posted on 04/17/2010 3:09:14 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: EveningStar

You know, it worked. It stopped BJ Clinton’s agenda dead in it’s tracks.

But I guess that’s “silly” to Buchanan.


15 posted on 04/17/2010 3:09:34 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/1980)
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To: EveningStar

Buchanan’s campaign for president as the Reform Party candidate was one of the silliest things that ever happened in American politics.


16 posted on 04/17/2010 3:11:01 PM PDT by Taft in '52
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To: Larry Lucido

The contract said they would bring ten items up for a vote in the House. They did so with nine of them (term limits being the exception).

So the contract was kept (for the most part), but the philosophy was certainly betrayed after the GOP got comfortable in Washington.


17 posted on 04/17/2010 3:12:11 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: EveningStar
I think Pat is salivating over the prospect of the Brown Shirt Brigade his new best bud, Uberfuehrer Obama, promised to form.

Leni

18 posted on 04/17/2010 3:15:43 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: EveningStar
Attention whore Pat Buchanan makes Chucky Schumer look camera shy.
19 posted on 04/17/2010 3:25:20 PM PDT by mickey finn
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To: SoothingDave

They did bring up term limits, but it was voted down. I believe they needed 2/3 for that one.


20 posted on 04/17/2010 3:28:43 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert
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To: EveningStar

Pat Buchanan is overrated.


21 posted on 04/17/2010 3:32:39 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: EveningStar

PB is a SORE LOSER!


22 posted on 04/17/2010 3:34:15 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Larry Lucido

ALL BUT ONE PASSED! It WAS BRILLIANTLY DONE!!


23 posted on 04/17/2010 3:35:06 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Larry Lucido
The contract was brilliant. The subsequent betrayal, not so much.

I keep seeing this statement on FreeRepublic. And it bothers me -- because it is so at odds with the facts.

The promise of the Contract With America was that a GOP-controlled House would bring all ten items to a vote on the House floor.

The GOP-controlled House did exactly that. And passed nine of the ten items -- only term limits failed.

Eventually, some passed and were signed into law (welfare reform). Some were passed...and met with a Presidential veto (energy policy). Some were specific to the House -- term limits for Committee Chairmen, etc. Some failed to clear the Senate -- but that wasn't Newt's or the House's fault.

C'mon man, give credit where credit is due. Name another party that has come thru on nine out of ten platform promises.

24 posted on 04/17/2010 3:42:31 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: gusopol3
The one thing that would have counted for something, term limits, didn’t happen.

Term limits? That was your only issue?

How do you believe term limits would improve our situation? That would merely move the balance of power to the House and Senate staffers and the Committee staffers.

The problem is NOT Congressmen and Senators having "experience". Experience, in just about any job, is a good thing. The problem is Congressmen and Senators having become part of the Washington establishment and losing touch with their constituents.

That can be solved by another limit -- session limits. State legislatures get their business done in a matter of months every two years. There's no reason why Congress couldn't, as well.

If sessions -- and compensation -- were limited to 180 days a year, we would most certainly get a more responsive Congress.

25 posted on 04/17/2010 3:49:08 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
Name another party that has come thru on nine out of ten platform promises.

What's the score for the Obomunist party?

26 posted on 04/17/2010 3:49:17 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans...the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: SoothingDave
So the contract was kept (for the most part), but the philosophy was certainly betrayed after the GOP got comfortable in Washington.

Agreed. But that didn't really happen until 2000 -- when we got a GOP President who was OK with spending money.

Had we only gotten a Reagan, coupled to a GOP-majority...

27 posted on 04/17/2010 3:51:17 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: EveningStar

Pat is a national joke who is only employed because MSNBC requires someone to serve as a caricature of a conservative.


28 posted on 04/17/2010 4:00:25 PM PDT by denydenydeny (The welfare state turns us all into zoo animals, mouths open, waiting for the next feeding.)
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To: EveningStar

Has Pat ever won election for office?


29 posted on 04/17/2010 4:00:33 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Now- EVERY US Tax payer is an abortion provider. We are the great satan.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
What's the score for the Obomunist party?

Who knows? They didn't promise anything like what they are delivering. At least, promise in public...

30 posted on 04/17/2010 4:03:35 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: NoLibZone

No.


31 posted on 04/17/2010 4:04:20 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Or, you might put them at 50%.

They promised "Hope & Change".

So far, we've gotten "Change".

But there's no "Hope" in sight...

32 posted on 04/17/2010 4:04:53 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01; Ann Archy

I said it was brilliant.

The follow up was a calamity. Total cave-in on the budget. Clinton back in by a landslide in two years. Don’t whitewash it.

The follow-through is the most important part.


33 posted on 04/17/2010 4:34:54 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: okie01

TOON was my only issue; but of the contract, yes , I think term limits would have been the best to implement. I doubt that staff members would have been as imbedded in the system as you speculate, or as imbedded as they are now. But, that’s sheer speculation on my point, just as your guess is.


34 posted on 04/17/2010 4:38:44 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Larry Lucido
The follow up was a calamity. Total cave-in on the budget.

Welllllllll...............what can I do?

But agree...

35 posted on 04/17/2010 5:02:22 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: EveningStar

Pat is a loud fart in a tin toilet.


36 posted on 04/17/2010 5:04:04 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: EveningStar

Like any contract, if you sign it (and they did) and you “break it” ... then there should be a consequence. We are living through that consequence now. Republicans don’t stand for ANYthing either! Had they remained “under contract” we would still have a country. I’m not convinced this is the Democrats’ fault ... they are what they are. But with weak-kneeded Republicans as our “army” against them ... we lost, and we’ll keep losing until somebody steps up and starts poking some folks in the liberal eye. So far, no one really in sight. And as long as Lindsey Graham is allowed to walk around free, we’ve got a problem!


37 posted on 04/17/2010 5:32:53 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: denydenydeny
Pat is a national joke who is only employed because MSNBC requires someone to serve as a caricature of a conservative.

Bingo.

38 posted on 04/17/2010 6:30:10 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

They did not break it. They said they would bring items up for debate in the House and vote on them. They did that.

They didn’t have much going on afterwards, but to say they “broke” the contract is a lie.


39 posted on 04/17/2010 6:55:39 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave
They did not break it. They said they would bring items up for debate in the House and vote on them. They did that. They didn’t have much going on afterwards, but to say they “broke” the contract is a lie.

Beg your pardon, but they did break the contract. They did not keep with its ideals, they failed to follow through on its content ... they broke it. And it broke them.

40 posted on 04/18/2010 5:52:53 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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