Quote of the Day: Jon Kyl’s Scorched Earth Politics

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From Dana Milbank, describing how Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl amost single-handedly torpedoed any chance of a compromise agreement in the supercommittee:

“Walking napalm” is how one Democratic aide involved in the supercommittee described Kyl this week. And if the senator makes some mistakes as he burns down the village — well, that’s just a cost of doing business.

This pretty much describes Kyl’s entire career. He’s been a cold-blooded front man for the interests of the tanned and wealthy since the day he showed up on Capitol Hill, and nothing has changed in 25 years. He’s leaving exactly the way he arrived, most likely tickled pink at this latest description of his scorched-earth legislative style. It’ll probably end up inscribed on his post-Senate business cards.

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