Friday, September 30, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, Here is Your Republican Party

When they say that power corrupts, they were talking about these guys:

Obviously, Tom Delay was indicted.

Bill Frist is investigated for insider trading by the SEC. The particularly damning piece of the story is that the company in question, HCA, was founded by Frist’s father and that his brother formerly served as CEO and chairman currently serves on the board of directors. The stock sale is estimated to have made $2-7 million for Frist. [Just as a reference, the terrible Martha Stewart stock sale made a measly $229,000.]

Judith Miller testifies that her source is Scooter Libby. Judith Miller is, of course, the journalist who has been jailed for not revealing her source on a story she did not write regarding Valerie Plame's identity. Scooter Libby is, of course, Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff.

We cannot forget that Karl Rove also had a role in the White House Leak. The President said that anyone involved in the leak would be fired. Unless that person is Karl Rove or Scooter Libby, who probably had good reasons for doing it.

The to-date scandal-free Bush still experiences the lowest poll numbers of his presidency as of last week.

Bill Bennett, conservative talk-show host, stated that "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Just as the right wing is attempting to fight claims of racism. Way to go.

5 Comments:

Blogger J. James Mooney said...

Overall I agree with your assessments of the Republican party. However, I think you are spinning to make your point even more potent. It needs not be spun.

The to-date scandal-free Bush still experiences the lowest poll numbers of his presidency as of last week.


New polls today suggest a rebound of trust I saw these polls on both CNN and FNC.


Bill Bennett, conservative talk-show host, stated that "if you wanted to reduce crime, you could -- if that were your sole purpose -- you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down." Just as the right wing is attempting to fight claims of racism. Way to go.


I would refer you to my comments here. The problem is not that he said it, the problem is that his theory, however vile it is, might be true.

12:40 PM  
Blogger J. James Mooney said...

Sorry the link is here.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

Bush has had a small rebound because people felt he handled Hurricane Rita a little better then Katrina. I believe he's up to a 45% approval rating from 40%. I would hardly call that anything to brag about.

I also wanted to say hello to a fellow Hoosier! Nice blog!

10:43 PM  
Blogger Ron L. said...

You must put Bennett's comments back into context to understand what he was saying. He was responding to a caller who theorized that abortion in the U.S. was part of the reason for the shortfall in social security. The immorality of abortion(in Bennett's eyes) is far worse than any social security shortfall or loss of tax revenue that it may cause.
The best way he could think of to drive this point home was to put abortion in the grossly immoral context of aborting black babies to lower the crime rate. In the end, it was'nt a very good way to make his point.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Jezebella said...

Even if he was making a crazy analogy to prove a point, he still revealed racism in his comments. He could have theorized about aborting poor babies or babies of single parents, but he chose to theorize about aborting black babies.

And as far as the approval rating, I believe the boost is the after-effect of his 'I don't wear a tie' speech...soon the repercussions of the massive spendind/deficit problem will push the numbers back down.

Marie...hi!

4:43 PM  

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