I'll admit when I saw this quote yesterday I was as titillated as anyone else, chuckling at what seemed to be a moment of clarity from an otherwise oblivious political party. Viewed in context though it's clear that young Kinzinger was simply commenting on appearances, not the substance of Republican ideas themselves, even the very bad ideas such as the Ryan Budget, which he cheerleads for, repeating the lie that it balances the budget in 10 years. Kinzinger also mentioned Republican infighting on this issue, and that not enough time was spent attacking Democrats, which was sort of amusing.
Here is the passage most often quoted from yesterday's breakfast meeting organized by the Concerned Veterans for America and The Weekly Standard. Fred Barnes brought up the topic of the $17 trillion dollar U.S. debt.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL): “When you try to talk to the American people, and try to bring our vision, that Reagan vision of a ‘shining city on a hill,’ but you’re doing it screaming on Fox News Channel all the time, screaming and yelling on all these cable news channels and being angry, you’re not drawing Americans to your vision. Instead, what you’re doing is showing anger,”
Rep. Adam Kinzinger told Meet the Press David Gregory that Congress would be willing to increase the resources needed for the VA, but that statement came with a lot of weasel words on whether the funding was needed. Read more...