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  •  The longer he twists in the wind the better (8+ / 0-)

    both strategically...and for my own personal enjoyment!

    YELL LOUDER!!!! ........ Hey, what's NION?

    by buhdydharma on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 01:59:30 AM PDT

    •  This might be good (2+ / 0-)
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      for Hastert. The stress may cause him to lose weight. And maybe a chin.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:13:20 AM PDT

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      •  Enough already. (8+ / 0-)

        Not to single you out, because lots of people here are doing it, but, enough already with the fat jokes.

        Yup, Hastert's fat. So's Michael Moore. So am I. See the patterrn? Me neither.

        How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

        by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:33:29 AM PDT

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        •  Point (3+ / 0-)
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          taken...but in my weaker moments he really does make it fun and easy and, perhaps too much so.

          it tastes like burning...

          by eastvan on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:40:04 AM PDT

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          •  Too easy, indeed. (1+ / 0-)
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            The guy is a veritble wellspring of easily shredded, despicable behavior; no reason to go for the cheap joke.

            Thanks for understanding.

            How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

            by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:53:02 AM PDT

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            •  And if you (1+ / 0-)
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              get right down to it,he and his record are hardly laughing matters.

              it tastes like burning...

              by eastvan on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:55:26 AM PDT

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              •  True (1+ / 0-)
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                But derision has always been a potent political weapon. Like all weapons, though, it works best when carefully aimed.

                How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

                by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:04:03 AM PDT

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                •  Derision is an extremly (1+ / 0-)
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                  powerful weapon this time around. Get enough people laughing at them and they're inevitable,desperate negative wave of campaign techniques may prove to be laughable in and of themselves.

                  it tastes like burning...

                  by eastvan on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:09:24 AM PDT

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                  •  Its already happening, I think. (1+ / 0-)
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                    When Hastert trotted out the age-old "its all the librul media and George Soros' fault!" ploy this time (variations of which have at least served to blunt criticism in the past) even usually GOP-friendly Pundettes rolled their eyes and scoffed.

                    The spell of everlasting GOP political dominance is now broken. Media types who have given them a pass in the past to secure future access can now safely pull the long knives.

                    I don't think even Uncle Karl understands how ugly its going to get from now on.

                    How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

                    by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:22:20 AM PDT

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        •  Good for you! Fat people don't deserve the crap (1+ / 0-)
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          they take and I'm glad you're fighting back.

          I've just finished a Google search of Hastert pictures. His weight gain since becoming Speaker is very noticable - his doctors must be alarmed by it.  He now reminds me of Ariel Sharon in the months before his stroke.

          I suspect his weight gain is connected to the stress of his job and may now accelerate, putting him in even greater danger.  He probably should step down before a stroke or heart attack forces him to.  

        •  Sorry but it's open season on fat jokes (0+ / 0-)
          As I once explained to someone years ago, I have plenty of fat friends who are warm, decent people I'd never make fun of. But about Porkboy, the angry, hostile piece of trash who tried to make me lose my job and my reputation for no particular reason other than that he was a festering blob of resentment, well, I'll make all the fat jokes I want. Because it's not ABOUT fat, it's about a despicable person being fair game.
    •  Yup (10+ / 0-)

      I agree with Hunter that the honorable thing for Hastert to do would be to step down, but that's sort of the point. He represents an easy-to-understand example of Republican governance at work.

      To pull up just one recent example, compare Hastert's behavior in the Foley matter to Condi's behavior regarding Woodward's revelation of a previously undisclosed briefing she got about a pending al Quaeda terrorist attack on July 10 2001.

      Step one: deny it ever happened.

      Step two: when confronted with irrefutable evidence that it did happen, claim that the information was mixed in with a lot of other stuff and no big deal.

      Step three: when confronted with the reality that it was a big deal, that it was her job to dig for facts and that material harm resulted from her inaction, scream "partisanship!" and blame the media for reporting it.

      Its the same pattern, over and over, at all levels of the Republican party, from Bush on down.

      If Denny insists on staying, I suggest that we make the best use of a bad situation and use him to illuminate the larger pattern.

      How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

      by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:25:44 AM PDT

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      •  I think the electorate already gets this ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... in some stomach-thinking way.  Not as exact as your needlework -- more along the lines of "Hey, we smell a rat." and "That's funny, they all smell a little ratty."

        The odor of scandal will spread, and with it the realization of corruption and finally the uncovering of corruption.

        I'm beaking on it.

        Bushism: Lie; lie; lie; lie; lie; project your degeneracy onto those you perceive as enemies; lie; lie; lie; lie.

        by Yellow Canary on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:14:24 AM PDT

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        •  I think you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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          Knowlege of the rat infestation has been bubbling up from below for a long, long, time; I think the House leadership's bungling of the cover-up in the Foley matter may just have pierced the thin shell that had been keeping the stench contained.

          Mmmmm... rat pie....

          How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. -- Karl Kraus

          by kingubu on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:34:14 AM PDT

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