May
18
2011

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.

4 Comments

  • 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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