Friday, August 12, 2005

Something's Rotten in the State of Republicanism

Is there no bottom to the pit of corruption that it appears the current national Republican Party has become?

1. Jack Abramoff, super-lobbyist, ally and friend of lawmakers from Tom DeLay on down (including a few Democrats, to be fair), has been indicted by a federal grand jury, and faces still more charges from another grand jury investigating various other nefarious dealings he and his cronies engaged in.

2. Tom DeLay's leadership political action committee, ARMPAC, has been cited by the FEC for misstating its account information, failing to disclose more than $300,00 in debt, and spending $200,000 from an account that was supposed to be used to fund only non-federal activities.

3. We learned yesterday that the RNC has been paying legal fees for a one-time Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to suppress voter turnout in New Hampshire in the 2002 election. More than $700,000 from Republican National Committee coffers has been spent to pay for James Tobin's legal defense, with GOP officials telling the AP "they had agreed to underwrite Tobin's defense because he was a longtime supporter and that he assured them he had committed no crimes." Great. As John Cole said of this, "File Under Republican Stupidity." Joe Gandelman also has a good post and roundup on this over at TMV.

And those are just from the last two days. I'm afraid it might be time for a few years in the wilderness for this crew, to remind them where they came from and just what they were arguing for when they came into power ten years ago. What was that about honor and integrity?

[Update: Just a bit more on this. I'm embarrassed that the leadership of the "Grand Old Party" puts up with this nonsense. I'm embarrassed that not enough of us are out there calling these shenanigans for what they are. I'm embarrassed that power has so corrupted the Republican leadership that they do not see the parody of their former selves that they have become. What will it take to bring the Party back to reality? Or is it beyond hope already? -- 9:47 a.m.]


At 9:15 AM, Blogger Liberally Conservative said...

I agree. It's pretty pathetic when you write and support a group who turns out to have so many slimy creatures within the group.

We call them lawyers and politicians. It makes it difficult to criticize the left when you can't justify the right (at times). It comes down to what is the worst of two evils?

At 10:21 AM, Blogger choclosteve said...

Our country needs to fix our failing health care system. Any comments. How about starting a dialogue?

At 12:52 PM, Blogger fatrobot said...

i think canada should take over the united states

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

I think this is the result of winning. I think it's the result of thinking you will never lose, and that your core supporters won't turn their backs on you because they don't want the other party to win (which is the sad truth of both parties.) The result is that no one's feet are being held to the flame on the issues that matter to us most. Clean, healthy living, with a living wage, and health insurance to care for our families. We want peaceful, and discourseful international relations, and the ability to communicate and work out our problems together. In the last four years, the possibility of achieving these has diminished significantly. It can't be about choosing the party that is the lesser evil of two, because we see now how this doesn't work. The republican party has become drunk with power, and the democrats are weepy and weak, afraid to say anything because they are afraid of how it might sound coming out of the extreme GOP slime machine.

That sayeth me on the issues at stake.

(don't forget Duke Cunningham and the Blunt family, they are real winners)

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Phil S said...

"...drunk with power"

Jessica has it right; and with the knowledge that the Dems are weak, leads the Repubs to unchecked greed and corruption!!

Who's going to stop them???

At 7:09 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

beyond hope!

At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Kathi said...

I agree with Jessica, they think theu will never lose again. Maybe they know something the rest of us don't, like how they are fixing the voting machines.

Chuck Hagel apparently worked for the company that sold the voting machines to Nebraska, and when he ran for office , he told all ke was an Investment Banker. He then won in a landslide and won big in a Democratic district, mostly black After he got into office, a law was passed to prohibit an audit of the election results.

I am a Dem and I agree that my party has an opportunity here to jump in the void and offer some viable alternatives , and yet they keep pandering to special interests as well.

I think I'll vote for Ralph Nader next time


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