Rachel Maddow makes the case for electing Republicans.

Remember, Rachel Maddow is supposed to be one of the smart ones over at MSNBC.

Maddow, on the Hoover Dam:

This is a project of national significance. We’ve got those projects on the menu right now. And we’ve got to figure out whether or not we are still a country that can think this big.

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior Deanna Archuleta:

You will never see another federal dam.

So… that would be a ‘no,’ then.  At least, not under Democratic administrations.  Thanks for clarifying the problem for us, Rachel!

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Where Rachel Maddow made her mistake was in forgetting (or simply not knowing) that in the 1930s the Hard Left was a lot more in favor of big-government industrial projects.  Which is why Woody Guthrie wrote a song glorifying the Grand Coulee Dam, which is yet another example of a project that would never, ever be allowed to get off of the ground these days.  It’s kind of entertaining to see this sort of thing, actually – and it works in the other direction, too.  Look up the Southern Agrarians sometime and you’ll see what I mean.


  • Aruges says:

    Now, correct me if I’m wrong… but wasn’t the Hoover dam a project started by President Hoover? And didn’t the Democrats who took over from him rename the thing Boulder dam to spite Hoover? Is Maddow committing a lefty faux pas by not calling it Boulder Dam?

  • Aruges says:

    As I recall, it took the Republican takeover of congress in the 50’s to change the name back…

  • countrydoc says:

    I thought the reason we aren’t going to build anymore big dams is because there aren’t any more big, untapped rivers. Does someone have a few in their backyard and are not sharing with the rest of us?

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