OCTOBER 29, 2010 10:24AM

Kerry: The GOP and Talk Radio Practice Cheap-Seat Politics

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Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) unleashed a blistering attack on Republicans and talk-raido hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck yesterday, saying that they have dragged the political conversation down to the lowest common denominator.

Focusing on the energy proposal, which broke down in negotiations with teh GOP over an emissions-trading program, the senator told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce that "it's absurd. We've lost our minds. We're in a period of know-nothingism in the country, where truth and science and facts don't weigh in. It's all short-order, lowest common denominator, cheap-seat politics.

"The obstructionism is stunning," Kerry said, describing how Republicans have blocked Senate business with filibuster tactics more during the past 18 months than the period between the end of World War I and the Apollo moon landing in 1969. "I think America really needs to know more of this kind of tactic and how it's shortchanging us."

He also pegged the $700 billion federal bailout program on George W. Bush.

"It was not Barack Obama, it was not the Democratic Party. It was not us who asked for a bailout, or created the situation that required a bailout. And it was in response to a Republican president that a lot of Democrats stepped up."

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