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  •  It's the metaphor (11+ / 0-)

    It's not just the sex scandal that did it. The Foley affair stands as a metaphor for all that is wrong with the GOP: Cronyism, corruption, putting party before country, etc. Many people must still have seen the connection between the great GOP failures of Katrina, Iraq, etc. as abstract. The Foley coverup brings the disaster that is the GOP leadership to an individual human level. People can see that and make the connection to the larger issues.

    •  Yup. It makes it something easy to understand (3+ / 0-)
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      in your gut.

      And we know these folks like to lead by guts.

    •  I forgot incompetence n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  It's small enough to be graspable. (3+ / 0-)
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      I think that makes a big difference.  The chains of accountability can be much harder to follow in so many of the other scandals.

      a hope that may come close to despair

      by epppie on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 09:23:30 PM PDT

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    •  One more... (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know the right word for this.  Maybe someone can help.

      Foley was not just a poor choice for the Caucus on Missing and Exploited Childredn.  He was the worst possible choice.

      Richard Pombo is not just a poor choice for Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, he is the worst possible choice.

      Ted Stevens is not just a poor choice ... get my drift.

      What is the word for that?

      •  Brown, above all. (0+ / 0-)

        And they ignored good people like Clark and Shinsecki.  A couple of weeks ago Democracy Now had someone talking about the Iraq reconstruction, about how they actually had some good people there (including the original guy heading it), but they got rid of the good ones.

        a hope that may come close to despair

        by epppie on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 12:24:13 AM PDT

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    •  For some, (1+ / 0-)
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      I think Foley can be that last nudge that helps them overcome their cognitive dissonance at having supported this administration for so long. I believe there are many decent but unenlightened Republican voters out there who are uncomfortable with each new revelation of this administration's stunning incompetence, but have until now found a way to excuse those episodes. The Foley scandal, so blatantly icky and so easy to understand, may give voters that final "out" they need in order to mentally divorce themselves once and for all from this whole gang of crooks, liars, and bumbling misfits.

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