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Quote of the day — a hand-wringing GOP operative

Bring out the tiny violin for Republican strategist Scott Reed. Today he said this to the NYT about the Larry Craig debacle:

“The real question for Republicans in Washington is how low can you go, because we are approaching a level of ridiculousness. You can’t make this stuff up. And the impact this is having on the grass-roots around the country is devastating. Republicans think the governing class in Washington are a bunch of buffoons who have total disregard for the principles of the party, the law of the land and the future of the country…I’m a little afraid to say anything, because you don’t know what happens tomorrow. That Vitter thing, that’s like ancient history now.”

Don’t worry, Scott. We’ll make sure that these stories aren’t ancient history. Another snippet from the article is a knee-slapper:

Still, there is a sort of “here we go again” sense among Republicans these days, especially since news of the Craig arrest broke on Monday afternoon. It is tough enough being in the minority, weighed down by the burden of the war in Iraq. Now Republicans have an even more pressing task: keeping their party from being portrayed not just as hypocritical and out of touch with the values of people they represent, but also as a laughingstock — amid headlines like “Senator’s Bathroom Bust,” which ran all Tuesday afternoon on CNN. The story also ran at the top of all the network evening newscasts on Tuesday.

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