Quote of the Day: Republicans Are No-Shows at Civil Rights Anniversary

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From civil rights leader Julian Bond, on why there were no Republicans at yesterday’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:

“They asked a long list of Republicans to come, and to a man and woman they said no.”….Bond did credit Cantor for trying hard to find a replacement speaker, but, ultimately, the leader was unable to find a single Republican to attend the event.

That last sentence is maybe the saddest of all. It’s not just that Republicans didn’t come. It’s worse than that. Even with Eric Cantor twisting arms he couldn’t find a single Republican willing to attend. I guess they were all afraid that Fox News would televise it and some of their constituents might find out they were there.

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