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Our good friends at Fired Up! get a hat tip at Think Progress:

Former Republican Senator: The GOP Presidential Field Is ‘Embarrassing’

By Alex Seitz-Wald on Dec 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Republican John Danforth, who served as a senator from Missouri for nearly 20 years and later as George W. Bush’s ambassador the United Nations, is not happy with the slate of Republican presidential candidates. “I’ve been watching some of these Republican debates and they’re just terrible. Terrible,” he told KTRS in St. Louis yesterday. “It’s embarrassing for me as a Republican to watch this stuff,” he added, calling out audiences for applauding the candidates’ morbid boastings…

Because you’ve never been a part of the problem…

Journalists who saw the fool in John Danforth go on to great things

By David Martin Mon., Jun. 6 2011 at 2:10 PM

….Danforth seemed to lose his mind during the confirmation battle. At one point, he wanted to peddle a theory that Hill suffered from a condition known as erotomania, which enabled her to sound so convincing when describing Thomas’ sexual interest in her. (In his own book about the events of 1991, Danforth admits that he “fought dirty” but defends his actions by describing the terrible injustice done to Thomas.)….

Former Senator John Danforth at Missouri Boys State: Q and A, part 2 (June 19, 2011)

….Question: …Do you have any regrets in terms of your career and, if so, what’s your biggest one?

John Danforth: Do I have any regrets? Uh [laugh], I, uh, my net, net answer is I do not. I mean, I really enjoyed being in public office and I hope I did a good job at it. I, I know that I enjoyed it. Are there, are there votes that I took or issues that I championed at the time that, looking back on it from a little bit of distance, I ask myself, why did I do that? Yeah, you know. I mean, I, I’m not, I could, I want to bore you with all, with, with some of them, but, are there issues where if I had to do it over again I would have done it differently? Yeah, sure. But, do I really have regrets about it?  No, I don’t. I, I really don’t. But, I, I really enjoyed it and I hope I did well. [applause]….

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