Actual Jack Hunter quotes from 2012 below, except for the parts in [brackets].
"But for [people like Ron Paul], it wasn’t enough that [George Bush] was a big government disaster, they needed that extra reason, some other dubiously evil angle to fully turn [Bush] into the bogey man of their worst nightmares."
"For conservatives, [Bush] is bad. In fact, he's the biggest big-government president to date. Conservatives don't need conspiracy theories to convince them that [Bush's] agenda must be stopped. There is no need to look for secret conspiracies when the damage is being done in plain sight every day."
"Sinister conspiracies happen every day on Capitol Hill... Forget covert operations. Check out the Congressional Record."
"[CIA drug trafficking] conspiracy theorists have become a political handicap. [People like Ron Paul] probably have a few interesting points to make, but this doesn't change the fact that their argument is toxic. It doesn't change the fact that their rhetoric damages conservatives' reputations every time a ['Bush is trafficking drugs' conspiracy theorist] opens his mouth."
"When I hear someone mention ["CIA drug trafficking"] these days, any adult conversation I'd planned on having with them is over. This is not to say that [the CIA's relationship with the Contras] itself is not curious. It is to say that such language is politically toxic. It is to say that mentioning them accomplishes nothing and hurts plenty. It is to ignore the problems that are happening in public all the time. Our debt, loss of liberty, perpetual war, and the emerging police state — these things should be discussed and debated on their own merits without [Iran-Contra] ever being mentioned."
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