Former Reagan Adviser: GOP Has Been ‘Hijacked by Crazy …Stupid People’

October 21, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Bruce Bartlett

Bruce Bartlett

Former Reagan Adviser Bruce Bartlett

( – Bruce Bartlett, who served as domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official for President George H.W. Bush, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of “All in with Chris Hayes,” on Friday that the Republican Party has been “hijacked by crazy people, stupid people.”

“I don’t understand why they’re so afraid to speak out and say that their party has been hijacked by crazy people, stupid people,” Bartlett said referring to the Republican Party.

Bartlett, who is currently a columnist and blogger for the Fiscal Times, said he wondered why former Treasury secretaries who worked for Republican administrations did not speak out publicly during the budget impasse to tell the GOP that not raising the debt ceiling would be a “bad idea.”

“I mean if they had I would have trumpeted it to the skies, but we have quite a few former living Treasury secretaries – George Schultz, Paul O’Neill, my old boss Nicholas Brady, Henry Paulson, John Snow. Not one said that their party was crazy, stupid, insane. I’m the only one who was around saying that,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett said it was “perfectly understandable” that some Republican members of Congress might not want to go against the rest of the party and vote for a clean continuing resolution at first, because of the “crazy Tea Party people” and the fear that they would be challenged in the primaries by Republican candidates backed by people with “unlimited” resources.

“We’ve seen people like Sharon Angle and Christine O’Donnell and Richard Murdoch and Todd Akin and other complete and total crackpots who’ve gotten the Republican nomination for the Senate,” Bartlett said.

“You’ve got even lower, dumber people who are capable of winning the nomination for Congress in any congressional district, but why are ex-members of Congress, why are ex-administration officials, why are people who have no races to run for, why are they afraid? I don’t know. I want to know. Please tell me,” he added.