Peter Schiff: Nonvoter

I admire Peter Schiff’s honesty, at least. Said in an interview published in Roll Call:

In an interview with Roll Call, Schiff said he was new to politics and only recently registered as a Republican in Weston.
 
“I don’t know when the last time I voted was,” Schiff said. “You can’t blame me for any of the politicians. I didn’t vote for them.”

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work that way. In fact, I think it’s the other way around; it’s people like Schiff who make it that much harder to hold politicians to account. Seriously, for a guy who preaches responsibility, that’s a pretty sad line.

Maybe when he’s in the Senate, he can not vote on any legislation. Then he won’t be responsible for anything that passes!

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25 responses to “Peter Schiff: Nonvoter

  1. AndersonScooper

    Let’s hope this clown gets into the race. The Schiff-ster is even more entertaining than Schlesinger was….

  2. Amazing.
    This person, dare I say citizen, has expectations that those of us responsibly voting and serving in other civic spots will embrace this drivel?

    Wow.
    Just shows you what some ‘politicians’ believe about the electorate.

  3. Let’s hope this clown gets into the race. The Schiff-ster is even more entertaining than Schlesinger was….

    Just curious Scooper, you seem to knock every Republican who wants to run for any office. Would you mind giving us 5 known Republicans here in CT that you think are of good character and would do a good job.

    Looking forward to seeing your picks!

  4. This slightly asinine comment notwithstanding, Peter Schiff’s was definitely amongst the most responsible voices on the economy in the past decade. He certainly would make for an interesting juxtaposition in discussions on the economy to Dodd’s.

    Relatedly, what’s the deal with CT’s senatorial races becoming symbolic of national ideological struggles? For a state whose politics tend to focus on parochial, CT-specific matters, these races have created odd national fervor. This is definitely not the kind of attention we’re used to getting and, dare I say, that our state parties on either side are really equipped to handle. Neither state party chair is exactly what you’d call a national political player and Lord knows neither of them belongs anywhere near a camera.

  5. AndersonScooper

    Just curious Scooper, you seem to knock every Republican who wants to run for any office. Would you mind giving us 5 known Republicans here in CT that you think are of good character and would do a good job.

    PufNstuf, please, no more softballs.

    Forget elected officials, I can’t think of anyone of good character who would readily associate with the national GOP! It’s so far out the spectrum that it has become the right-wing equivalent of Louis Farrakhan!

    Putting forth the Palin family as somehow Presidential, the Terry Schiavo disgrace, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, … bomb, bomb Iran”, attacking Obama as a closeted Muslim, Michael Steele as GOP head?, etc.

    It’s a comedy of errors, and embarassing to this country.

    So no, I can’t think of an “R” I’d vote for at the time being. No matter how high my taxes.

  6. AndersonScooper

    PS– I love the fact that your side regards Schiff as a credible candidate.

  7. And the badmouthing and accusations start.

    Let’s all bad mouth a guy who understood what was wrong for years and knows how to reverse the economic trend because he’s not in our political social group.

    Let’s keep waving the flag for the guy who watched everything he had a say in burn to the ground.

    He’s not credible? http://www.Europac.net
    Go watch his interviews for the past like 5 years archived there and all the idiots with the economic policies Dodd and Simmons support laughing in his face as all their predictions we’re later proven wrong.

    The only negative thing in your eyes that would arise is that the citizens of CT would have to step back and be forced to understand economics and why he’s been right and swallow that logic no matter what party since he is very much an independent candidate.
    This isn’t a game of chess, its a matter of fixing the economic atrocities that Bush, Greenspan, Bernanke, Obama, and Congress for the last many decades have unleashed upon us.

  8. “Maybe when he’s in the Senate, he can not vote on any legislation. Then he won’t be responsible for anything that passes!”

    Let’s hope that if he gets to the Senate he won’t do what so many other senators do. Run for President, ( or VP, or both) and be missing in action for a year or two, while he forgets about doing the job he was elected to do.

    Honestly I also wonder why would anyone suggest that people like this guy who apparently can’t remember the last time he voted is any more responsible for not holding our politicians accountable for their failure to produce, than people who will only vote the partisan party line, no matter what.

    Personally I have far more respect for anyone who is willing to admit he has been part of the problem, than I do for those who claim they vote for positive change but are happy to look the other way while they rubber stamping their same partisan failures back to office time and time again.

  9. PufNstuf, please, no more softballs.

    Forget elected officials, I can’t think of anyone of good character who would readily associate with the national GOP! It’s so far out the spectrum that it has become the right-wing equivalent of Louis Farrakhan!

    Putting forth the Palin family as somehow Presidential, the Terry Schiavo disgrace, “Bomb, bomb, bomb, … bomb, bomb Iran”, attacking Obama as a closeted Muslim, Michael Steele as GOP head?, etc.

    It’s a comedy of errors, and embarassing to this country.

    So no, I can’t think of an “R” I’d vote for at the time being. No matter how high my taxes.

    Scooper, I know, it was a softball question but I kind of like you. However, now that you have confirmed that there is not a single Republican in the entire state of Connecticut that you think is credible, no Republican could ever be disappointed to read your commentary.

    I will continue to hope that at some point in your life in a state of 3 Million plus people you will bump into at least 1 Republican you can say nice things about.

  10. Some of you may recall my front page post (a month or so ago) calling for Senator Dodd to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ bill S604 – The Federal Reserve Sunshine Act. (It’s the sister to Ron Paul’s HR 1207.)

    And others of you may have seen me post that Washington parties mean little. I can’t stand the luxury class / political class pols… and would vote for a Populist like Bernie over a political class R like McConnel anyday.

    Anyway… not only has HR 1207 surpassed 218 cosponsors in the House… now Bernie Sanders has his first cosponsor on S604. Who?

    Jim Demint

    He was the most vocal Senator opposing the Bush Bailout… and yet again, he comes through on monetary policy… demanding transparency and accountability.

  11. When it comes to the Fed:

    Dodd opposes transparency.

    Dodd opposes good government.

    Why?

    Because Dodd represents the well-heeled special interests of Wall Street and Washington.

    Dodd needs to go.

    Schiff would make a fine Senator… better than Dodd… and ummm… will any Dems at least agree that Dodd lied to Jane Hamsher? Oh wait… did he ask his boss… er… uhh… Bernanke?? I haven’t heard anything.

  12. And when will CTs 5 House members join with the majority of the US House? When will our reps demand transparency and accountability at the Fed?

    With the exception of Joe “oppose the bailout” Courtney, it seems apparent to me that the other four are beholden to Wall Street… ok… maybe not Himes… but then… Goldman Sachs runs Washington anyway.

  13. Dennis Kucinich, Alan Grayson and Marcy Kaptur all want to Audit the Fed.

    And what do CTs Congressmen do?

    Huh? What are you talking about? The Fed gets “audited” all the time.

    Ha!

    It’s not a real audit.

    Serious question… why doesn’t CTs left seem to give a damn about this?

    Jane Hamsher sees there are problems… why don’t you guys / gals?

  14. And yeah… it is pretty bad that Schiff just registered to vote. But frankly, if he somehow gets on stage in October 2010 to debate Dodd… I find it hard to believe that his non voting will mean much.

    It certainly could be a small issue among many that means Schiff can’t win… but I doubt it’ll mean all that much to most voters who will be asking themselves two questions:

    1) Should Dodd be fired?
    2) Is Schiff (or whomever) credible?

    I don’t see how a lack of voting history will weigh a great deal in the voting booth… though I admit… I personally view voting as more of an obligation than a right.

  15. Republitarian

    Schiff would kick Dodd’s butt in a debate. You can take that to the bank.
    You Dems can snicker and marginalize all you want – but Schiff is the ONLY one in the fray who understands monetary policy and the Constitution. I couldn’t give a rat’s tail if he registered to vote last week! In fact I applaud his action – who did he have to vote for in past elections? It’s a constant parade of idiots who know nothing except that they want power and prestige, and who have connections.

    As for the Republicans, Simmons is a hack who has already had his chance in Washington. He didn’t do much while he was there either.

    So what do you Dems want? To reward criminal and unethical activity by sending Dodd back to DC? Heck, he hardly represented us while he was traipsing around Iowa on his absurd vanity quest for the Oval office (as if he really would have won it), and in the meantime the makings of a financial crisis was taking shape and he was asleep at the wheel. Dodd is pitiful and a disgrace to this state. You people ought to be ashamed to even consider re-electing him.

    It’s about time you all think of capability instead of party ideology and the rest of the political BS that we are constantly dealing with. Look at where that has gotten us thus far. Schiff at least has a firm grasp of monetary policy, and heaven knows we need people like that in Washington.

  16. Let’s hope this clown gets into the race. The Schiff-ster is even more entertaining than Schlesinger was….

    PS– I love the fact that your side regards Schiff as a credible candidate.

    Objectively, Schiff is a better candidate than Ned Lamont was. Lamont was wrong on Iraq; Schiff was right on the economy. What made Lamont “credible” in your blue eyes?

  17. Let’s hope this clown gets into the race. The Schiff-ster is even more entertaining than Schlesinger was….

    Yeah, it’s a prerequisite for any serious candidate for the Senate to have voted in every election:

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2008/12/20/caroline_kennedy_missed_voting_in_several_elections/

  18. Yeah, it’s a prerequisite for any serious candidate for the Senate to have voted in every election

    Well, just ONE would be nice. Schiff can’t even REMEMBER that!

    Let’s hope this clown gets into the race. The Schiff-ster is even more entertaining than Schlesinger was….

    Hey, don’t knock my buddy Alan! He’s a really great guy, who was abandoned by his own party. Shameful what Rell and the GOP did to him.

  19. Hey, don’t knock my buddy Alan! He’s a really great guy, who was abandoned by his own party. Shameful what Rell and the GOP did to him.

    Shameful you say? Kind of reminds us how the Democrats abandoned Lieberman.

  20. Bruce Rubenstein

    Schiff by not voting for a long time is telling the voters that what THEY did by voting is an action he doesn’t respect.It is hard for me to see how Schiff can gain the support of Republicans when Caliguiri and Simmons seem to speak for them pretty well….especially Sam, who is a good speaker…smart and is more conservative then Simmons.

    Having said the above Dodd’s numbers will now go up as folks see the hard work he is doing by leading on healthcare and supporting more choice with a public option. We Democrats ( i am one of course) will not abandon him for Alpert or some other new face.

  21. How many votes did Dodd miss *in* the Senate?

  22. Shameful you say? Kind of reminds us how the Democrats abandoned Lieberman.

    Excuse me, sir, but Lieberman lost a valid primary, while Alan Schlesinger was the duly nominated GOP candidate for Senate in CT and received ZERO support from his party. Lieberman enjoyed the FULL support of the Democratic Party in Connecticut UNTIL he lost the primary, then they supported Ned Lamont.

    Slight difference there, bub.

  23. Excuse me, sir, but Lieberman lost a valid primary

    Because rank & file Democrats deserted him.

    Alan Schlesinger was the duly nominated GOP candidate for Senate in CT and received ZERO support from his party.

    Not true.
    A lot us showed up, wrote checks; ushered him and his staff in and out of parade routes; all the stuff we were expected to do we did.

    Further at no time did CT GOP ever slight Schlesinger in any way; quite the contrary.

    The fact is; and I like the guy – if he had worked half as hard as his staff he would be in the Senate today.

  24. I was talking about the State Republican Party, not the stalwarts like yourself writing checks and being party guys. Gov. Rell and the rest of the GOP establishment begged the guy not to run, and when he did anyway, he ended up pretty much self-financing other than the few donations he got from individuals.

    I don’t think Rell ever showed up at any of his speeches, and didn’t publicly endorse him. Now, if I was the most popular governor in recent history, and I wanted my guy to win, I’d maybe show up at a few events and say a coupla’ words in the guy’s favor.

    There was no way he could have won without the support of Rell or the GOP establishment. Lieberman got $20 million that would have probably gone to Alan had he been the guy the state GOP wanted.

    And the Democrats didn’t desert Lieberman; he deserted US!

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