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Ari Berman:

The [DeLay] indictment sent a shock wave through the GOP establishment, which is already reeling from a swath of criminal and ethics investigations. Three individuals, eight corporations and two political action committees connected to DeLay have been indicted as a result of the probe. In addition, the government's top procurement official, David Safavian, was arrested in September for obstructing a criminal investigation into über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a close DeLay ally. Abramoff himself is under criminal investigation for defrauding Indian tribes and was indicted for wire fraud in Florida in a separate case. Top White House aides, including Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, have been targeted by a special prosecutor investigating the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Representative Duke Cunningham announced he would not run for re-election after overselling his house for $700,000 to a military industry lobbyist; he too has been indicted. FDA chief Lester Crawford resigned unexpectedly after just two months on the job, possibly because of failure to report his wife's sizable pharmaceutical-industry holdings. And DeLay's Senate counterpart, Bill Frist, is battling possible insider-trading charges for dumping millions in HCA stock, a company founded by his father and run by his brother, weeks before it plunged in value. The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into Frist and HCA in September.

What's amazing is that all these sleaze and corruption has bubbled forth while the GOP controls the entire governmental apparatus. Imagine if we had the Senate and/or House and subpoena powers?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:47 AM PDT.

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  •  sleaze (4.00)
    I wonder how many of these trials will last over a year.  If we could take back the house and senate while the trials were still in progress we could really put the 'Hammer' down
    •  Not enough courts to try them all (4.00)
      The corruption is so pervasive that it would take years to uncover all that the filth on the right side of the aisle is accountable for.

      Personally, I wish all of those trials would start around August of next year and last through, oh say, November 7th.

      It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot

      by proudprogressiveCA on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:52:55 AM PDT

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      •  How about instead of a trial... (none)
        ...we do what Moses did.  We pray and God comes down and punishes them.  Maybe that will save them from hell.

        These people are a bunch of pharisees, they are apostates to their own moral code, they are hypocrites.  They preach the Word, but by their actions they follow a path of deep moral corruption, a path of perversion, greed, lies and debauchery.  Their sins are so vile, they defy the imagination.  They are not acting in a Christian way, they are following the path into darkness.

        Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:8

        by PJ 7 on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:38:31 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Do you want to retain the Constitution? (none)
          If you do, here is where your focus needs to be: The People (tm) themselves.


          Because no society can remain free if its people are a bunch of worthless sheep. It doesn't matter how many elections you win in the short run, how many points you score against your opponents, or any of that stuff. Fix The People (tm), and you will solve all the problems. Sit idly by while the people degenerate into barbarism, and the problem cannot be fixed.

    •  Not If, When. (4.00)
      2006 here we come.

      Once the majorities are back in Dem hands where they belong, the legal bloodbath is going to make Watergate look like a speeding ticket.

      Dems will be able to run on an anti-corruption platform for the next decade.  

      •  they can run on anti-corruption if.... (none)
        DeLay's information, which will be released "in a timely manner" does not involve Dem corruption.
        •  No matter what they run on, (none)
          we need the voters to see an unbroken common thread of corruption running through the Republican party, right down to the local level.

          Wether through their own acts, or their support of others' acts, we need everyone to know corruption as their raison d'etre for the GOP, right down to alderman. we don't want to knock down one crop of wingnut office holders, just to find a fresh flock waiting on their bench.

          GOoPers. Let them be the anchors about each others' necks.

          I'm the plowman in the valley with my face full of mud

          by labradog on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 04:58:11 PM PDT

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      •  But I'd be careful... (none)
        ...not to frame anti-corruption as "lawyers a-comin'".

        The Democratic party is already viewed as a party of lawyers...a perennially unpopular vocation at the polls. The American public may have have an appetite for just desserts, but I'm not sure they're hungry for a "legal bloodbath".

        'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

        by Maxwell on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:06:35 PM PDT

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        •  they know crooks when they see 'em (none)
          they may not be hungry for too much lawyerin' but they are very, very hungry for a significant round of throw the bums out!

          that's why we should never demur from prosecuting this campaign as strongly as possible, even when it uncovers a tinge of corruption on our side of the aisle.

          any dems mixed up in this need to be thrown overboard even quicker than the repugs, and replaced with fresh troops from the grassroots.

          we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
          — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

          by zeke L on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:19:43 PM PDT

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        •  not just "any lawyers"... (none)

          If there's one group of lawyers who generally get good marks in middle America, it's the prosecutors.  

          So, "Here come the prosecutors!"

      •  We don't have a right to that. (none)
        The Dems deserve nothing more that we already have.  The reason we are not in power is because we are weak, and we have failed.  The way to get out of this predicament is not to assume an air of superiority.  Thinking that way makes you complacent, you stop examining yourself and what you need to become and what you need to do in order to win.  Thinking that way, puts your brain into a strategic lockdown mode, you aren't nimble, you are a fixed, unchanging quantity in a rapidly shifting world.  

        Take nothing for granted.

        Pride goeth before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:8

        by PJ 7 on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:44:04 PM PDT

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      •  That would presume (none)
        the Dems actually grow spines.  And that does not seem likely.  Unless a real leader stands up soon any majority we might enjoy will be ineffectual.  Call me crazy, but Howard would be the man.  If only.

        It's great to be a Republican these days - nobody expects you to be smart, competent or honest.

        by yellowdog52 on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 04:59:13 PM PDT

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    •  I smell a pardon (none)
      Who wants to bet on King George II selling pardons to convicted repug felons?  Or red governors doing the same?
      •  If so, the whole GOP will suffer (4.00)
        Ala the pardoning of Nixon. It looks even worse for everyone concerned, than just serving the time.

        "Think. It ain't illegal yet." - George Clinton

        by jbeach on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:07:05 PM PDT

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        •  one additional thing to remember (none)
          If Delay does get pardoned, he loses his 5th amendment rights because he wouldn't be subject to being incriminated.
          •  Alas, (none)
            only regarding the conspiracy charge involving TRMPAC. Sure, a couple of more cronies might get swept up, but it's not as though he'd be required to divulge all the gristly decay that he's been party to. Though I would think that so much of it is interconnected, you wouldn't be able to force him to sing about anything that would open him up to new charges.
            There's not much chance of a blanket pardon for just that reason. He'd be in Argentina so fast it would make your head spin faster than O'Reilly on a fistful of bad meth before that would happen.

            Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Isaac Asimov

            by justme on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:26:01 PM PDT

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        •  Re: Lookibg bad (none)
          If so, the whole GOP will suffer

          Ala the pardoning of Nixon. It looks even worse for everyone concerned, than just serving the time.

          Yeah... It looked REALLY bad for them in 1980 and ever since!

          We have no desire to offend you -- unless you are a twit!

          by ScrewySquirrel on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:04:04 PM PDT

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      •  Pardons galore (none)
        Only "King George II" would pardon a corrupt politician.

        Oh, wait, what is this...

        In 1994, Rostenkowski was indicted on corruption charges and stepped down as Ways and Means chairman; he lost his House seat in the Congressional elections later that year. He pleaded guilty to mail fraud in 1996, and was fined and served (1996-97) a 17-month sentence. He has subsequently worked as a political consultant and commentator. Rostenkowski was pardoned by President Clinton in 2000.
        Oh, and what is this (yes, I know that some posters on this board don't consider criminal lying to be a problem if it's to cover one's own tail as long as the person doing it happens to be a Democrat)...
        In September, 1999, Cisneros negotiated a plea agreement with the under which he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of lying to the FBI and was fined $10,000. He did not receive jail time or probation. He was pardoned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001.

        Sticking to issues rather than name calling and ad hominem attacks is much more effective. Although I've never been able to stomach more than a couple visits to FP, if I take the best 10% (i.e., factual and thoughtful) of the postings here away, what's left looks little better than the freepers nonsense. If progressives are viewed as left wing nuts, the chances of a progressives advancing their cause are minimal.

        I actually will bet that Bush 43 will not pardon any convicted Republican federal politicians that have been discussed on this forum - but we won't know for a little over three more years...

      •  That's why the small charge brought against him (none)
        now is so much better than nailing him big time.  He can only get pardoned for crimes he's been charged with.  Bush won't waste a pardon on this, but it does the damage larger charges would have done without giving Bush the opportunity to pardon him for them.  Later, when Bush is long gone, THEN, if we have a Dem. leader, the big dogs can be set loose on the Republicans.

        I only hope that prosecutors learned from the slick way Poppy Bush got his crew out of trouble the last time around.

        Hold your aces up your sleeves till the dealer passes the deck.

    •  Hmmm, interesting idea from a Repug (4.00)
      He suggests massive corruption investigations across the board on both parties...

      Maybe it's time to screw the DLC cronies for corruption too...

      •  I agree (none)
        I expect there are some dark financial secrets in some Dem closets, and we can't become the anti-corruption party if we are unwilling to scour out the corruption in our own party.

        What we need to watch out for is loss of perspective, the financial equivalent of "sure, this Republican murdered 17 people, but that Democrat shoplifted a packet of gum and THIS one tore the tag off a mattress, so they're just as bad."

      •  Of course he does! (none)
        Massive corruption investigations across the board on both parties.  Expose every wrongdoing Republican while you can, allowing Bush to Pardon all of them.  Meanwhile, Swift Boat every Democrat you can and let the media boil them alive.

        Of course the Repugnicans want this.

    •  Shock wave? Shock wave?!! (none)
      I don't think that's the right phrase for it.  It has to something like "^&%&^%&!!  We finally got caught!"

      Lone Star Wonkie Don't mess with Texas y'all.

      by BlueBonnet on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:36:55 PM PDT

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    •  I prefer Conservative Culture of Corruption (none)
      Has a better ring to it.  And as someone pointed out here it alliterates.  :)
    •  Learn To Speak English (4.00)
      Kos, et al: Why is it that so many of our Liberal Elite these days love to talk about how the party needs to be revitalized by the grassroots (or netroots), and love to talk about the problem that the consultants pose to the strength of the party, and then after they are done spouting this subversive, but now conventional wisdom, put their brain back into the machine and let the consultants spin it like the cog that it is?

      Why is everyone so quick to repeat the brilliant brainchild of the beltway bourgeois, why is everyone so quick to call the republican scandals a "culture of corruption."

      Why can't the Democratic Elite learn to speak English the way ordinary Americans do?  Why can't they speak it plainly and forcefully? Instead we are stuck with a bunch of parrot talk, mimicking the consultants and their stupid convoluted language that no one understands or uses.

      When is the last time you have heard someone speak of thieves and liars acting in concentrated collusion, and refered to their cabal as a "culture of corruption".

      You have never heard it because people don't talk like this.  When people are looting the country I say we call em what they are, a bunch of thieves.

      That is language people can understand, and until ordinary Democrats learn that the consultants and their ideas are garbage, then we will continue to be losers.

  •  Theme for 2006 and 2008 (4.00)
    The Republicans are too busy dealing with their own ethical problems to do the business of the American people.

    If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

    Edwards/Clark 2008 -7.00, -4.31

    by MeanBoneII on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:48:37 AM PDT

    •  One word: Katrina (4.00)
      Evidence: Katrina, FEMA, Brownie, etc
      Evidence: Iraqi occupation, civil war, failure, etc
      Evidence: Osama is free. OSAMA IS FREE
      Evidence: Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan
      Evidence: Gas prices and energy incompetence
      Evidence: Cindy Sheehan and Bush's refusal to talk to America (What's the noble cause?)
      •  Close the triangle: Corruption, Incompetence... (4.00)
        The American people don't even need to believe that Bush and the GOP gang are out to trash America for their own profit and power, despite the fact that it is the truth.

        Their CORRUPTION and INCOMPETENCE are self-evident and impossible to hide. All Democrats have to do is close the triangle by providing an ALTERNATIVE.

        Is that truly so difficult?

        If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

        Edwards/Clark 2008

        -7.00, -4.31

        by MeanBoneII on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:12:54 PM PDT

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        •  Right on ! (none)
          Hatred, dissatisfaction, unrest, disgust. We are all reacting to the corruption of our government during the Bush Administration. We have to stop reacting and start re-building. Bottom line: What do we stand for and how can we connect with the majority?
                    Read a comment on Dkos about a kossack's relative who voted for Bush because "Kerry didn't say anything I wanted to hear." The tendency in our party is to focus more on specifics than generalities while the Republicans do the reverse. It seems to me that everything the Republicans do is motivated by three things: protecting their money, protecting their personal safety and enforcing their values/morals. They are in survival mode and we are in philosophical/critical mode-this is why they won, why they were more appealing to the masses.
                  The reason why I am a Democrat is because of my interpretation of the party's philosophical foundation. I imagine the Statue of Liberty and think of the words of American poet Emma Lazarus: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door." This humanity, this desire to care for other people is the core of the Democratic Party.  
                    The Republican Party seems to have this guiding sentiment from W.E. Henley "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." Everything is ego-centric. Other people-they are responsible for themselves. The goal is to build one's empire and protect it by every means possible-legal or not.
                   We have to say a lot more than why the republicans are corrupt. We have to define who we are to Americans.  
      •  One word: Catastrophe (4.00)
        I think that pretty much sums up all of the above. Croneyism and corruption with a disregard for efficiency and expertise brings us catastrophe after catastrophe.

        Remember when Bush mentioned the words "catastrophic success"? Those words should haunt him and his party for the next decade.

        'Fie upon the Congress' - Sen Bob Byrd

        by Maxwell on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:13:06 PM PDT

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    •  A slight change (4.00)
      The Republicans are too busy stealing to do the business of the American people

      Perception trumps Reality until a category 5 Reality blows all the spin away

      by lawnorder on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:19:27 PM PDT

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      •  True, but see my post below (none)
        We don't even have to convince Joe Sixpack that the Republicans he voted for last time are EVIL.

        The fact that they're clearly preoccupied with their indictments and scandals and cover-ups is enough to know that he needs to vote for someone who actually has the time to look out for Joe.

        That argument can be made in such a reasonable and irrefutable way that there is simply no good response. And, as one Republican strategist lamented the other day, it works. He knows, because they used it against the Democrats to great effect in 1994.

        If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

        Edwards/Clark 2008

        -7.00, -4.31

        by MeanBoneII on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:29:21 PM PDT

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  •  Better yet, (4.00)
    Imagine an electorate which actually keeps itself informed!

    "Oh, how I miss the days of Monica Lewinsky..."

    by LawSkoolPunk on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:48:48 AM PDT

    •  IMAGINE!!! (none)
      If you saw any of this great post discussed on a regular basis by CNN, FOX, or MSNBC!  Most of the voting public knows little, nothing, about any of this nor do they care.  It would be really nice for this to be front paged daily like Whitewater and Lewinsky were in the Clinton era.

      Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

      by panicbean on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 01:24:14 PM PDT

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      •  unfortunately (none)
        these scandals (excuse the pun) are not sexy like Monica.  the issues these people are being charged with are complicated and extremely technical.  Monica's bj was pretty straightforward.  it is really sad to think that a lot of these Republican sleeze-bags and hypocrites will continue to get elected by people who do not give one rat's ass about there corrupt practices and criminal activity.  as long as they pass themselves off as men of god being hunted down like witches by the the godless democrats, a lot of people will continue to fall for their stinky smelly shit.

        the outrage level is places like Texas and Tennessee should be so much more than it is.  if Bill Frist baked cookies on TV and designed floral arraigements, maybe one of those old Vols would care.

        and even if we get rid of these asses (which i sure hope we do) we still have THREE MORE YEARS of the nincompoop in the White House.  

        He may talk like an idiot, and look like an idiot, but don't let that fool you: he really is an idiot. Send him back to his father and brothers...

        by distributorcap on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 01:32:32 PM PDT

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        •  Somehow I cannot (none)
          imagine 3 more years of Bush, it seems as though some of the stinky stuff has got to start affecting him in ways that will make it impossible to retain the presidency.

          I am really hoping the Plame incident is going to blow the top off for a starter and then Delay and Frist are really going to get the ball rolling.

          We also can count on Karen Hughes to eventually stick her giant foot in her mouth and truly piss of some foreign policy maker.

          This whole administration is a disaster, and that is really sad for us, the American people.  Three more years is more than this country can take.

          Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

          by panicbean on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:08:41 PM PDT

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  •  Don't forget Ohio. (4.00)
    Really, there are so many scandals in the GOP who on earth could keep them all straight?  I have a hard time just keeping track of the shenanigans in Ohio, and I live here for crying out loud.

    The Republican Party: Redefining Oppression for the 21st Century

    by daveriegel on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:49:31 AM PDT

  •  I spend a lot of time imagining that and also, (4.00)
    impeachment for innumerable high crimes.
  •  Don't Forget California (4.00)
    ... and our unethical governor who found himself in an $8 million dollar conflict of interest.  

    ... or Kentucky, whose governor pardoned his ENTIRE inner circle to avoid people ratting on his own behavior.  

    •  I think a Democrat should propose a law (4.00)
      That would increase the sentaces for political crimes 4 fold.....I'd love to watch the republicans get scared:)
      •  I agree with strict laws (none)
        White collar crimes need to be made more severe.  Wether democrat or republican.  But an indictment isnt a guilty verdict.   If Delay is guilty, id llike to see him punished more than just the 'extent' of the law.  As I would for anyone else caught up in these crimes (and i know there are several on both sides)
        •  It's worthy to consider (none)
          who on our side is pulling shenanigans. We need to be as vigilant if not moreso with Democrats who pull shit like this. I'd very much like to see the donkey run on an anti-corruption platform and actually not be a pack of hypocrites just looking to take the reins so they can loot unmolested, a la the GOP ca. 1992.

          I think white collar crimes are quite severe enough, thanks. I'll agree the punishments should be ratcheted up though. Hell, I'd consider spending five years in Club Fed if I got to keep hundreds of millions of dollars. It's a damn sight better money than I'm making now.

          Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Isaac Asimov

          by justme on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:41:41 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah... (none)
        ..cause a Democrat would never find themself on the hook for doing something a touch improper.
  •  Best issue for '06 (4.00)
    I believe the failure of Republicans to investigate their own actions represents the Democrats' best issue in '06.  I think this because polls traditionally show that people like divided government, since it keeps both sides honest.  And the notion that the fox is in charge of the hen house is always easy to grasp.  

    I'd like to hear Reid and Pelosi do more than just criticize the Republicans.  They have to make the case that the Democrats will investigate corruption of all sorts (even that of Democrats, if there is any), unlike the Republicans, who sweep it under the rug.

  •  I was thinking the same thing (4.00)
    as I read this.  All this is happening in spite of the fact that they control everything!  I am just trying to imagine all the stuff they have managed to keep under wraps.  All this is coming out with very little money spent, too.  It pisses me off anew to think about the millions they wasted going chasing down a stained dress.
    •  Of course (none)
      something's leaking out. Even the finest cooper's barrels are bound to drip and sweat when subjected to the pressures of the Challenger Deep.

      Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Isaac Asimov

      by justme on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:45:42 PM PDT

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  •  in the spirit of active alert alliteration I would (none)
    point out to the anxious anchor in his powerful post that compassionate conservatives also appear to be inconceivably incompetent re: Brown, Brownie and other "brown-noses..."
  •  It's Because They Control Everything (4.00)
    that the rethugs are so careless.

    I am thankful that they are so over-the-top with their pillaging of the U.S. treasury. If they were a little more careful, it would be just politics as usual.

    This is CLASS WAR, and the other side is winning.

    by Mr X on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:55:56 AM PDT

    •  Anyone who has studied human behavior (4.00)
      And read classical literature will tell you this was inevitable. It was only a matter of when, not if.
      •  Do you mean... (none)
        Hubris goeth before a fall?

        Corruption is the problem. Throw the bums out, no DeLay!

        by MamasGun on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:47:33 PM PDT

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      •  Absolute power, baby. (none)
        Absolute power.

        It seems to me that the basic courtesy of working with the minority party that has been the norm for most of the nation's history has had the effect of keeping power from becoming absolute. That, and the understanding that nothing lasts forever. These critters seem to think absolute power is actually good for them. I'll enjoy their faces when they are finally shown they're wrong.

        Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -Isaac Asimov

        by justme on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:51:25 PM PDT

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      •  Yep, just a matter of time. (none)
        I kept telling myself that over the last 10 years, the Repugs would eventually get to this point.  It's funny that my Repug Father in Law now is a rabid Liberal, because he almost threw me out of his house when he found I voted for Clinton in 1992.

        The problem now is, we have a doofus frat boy appointing supreme court justices.  And giving money to millionaires.  And killing our finest in an illegal war.  And robbing the weakest amongst us for his rich buddies that don't give a shit about anyone but themselves. This is what America has become in just short of 5 fucking years.

        How does this government recover from it?

        It might take another 2 decades.

        Thanks E.T. Bass, maybe you should throw some rocks at the White House, and not the Mayberry jail.  Sorry, Andy Griffith ref there.


  •  Nothing at all would be different... (none)
    Is someone suggesting that the Dems would actually subpoena someone?  C'mon, folks.  Let's get serious, now.  The Dems are up to their eyes in corruption, too - nobody in Congress wants to open the corruption floodgates.  Rethugs will continue to gain the votes of racists, and Dems will continue to gain the votes of hapless dreamers.
  •  Interesting How Quickly (none)
    They go from a "culture of life" to a "culture of corruption. Damn Bastards!

    Dick Cheney to Teacher: "W. ate my homework."

    by Cleveland Dem on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:58:13 AM PDT

  •  What's amazing (4.00)
    is that the pervasive corruption of the Bush Administration and Republican Party is not the top story on every news program.  

    Can you imagine if these things had happened during the Clinton administration, when every trumped-up pseudo-scandal was played endlessly on all the news shows and tut-tutted by all the talking heads?  

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by johnny rotten on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 11:58:20 AM PDT

  •  Indeed (3.80)
    I wrote a brief comparison here.

    I also have to say that there is a striking contrast between having people in government, like the Clinton administration, who believe in government and having people, like the current or the Nixon administration, who despise government. It took eight years of continuous investigation of every rumor and innuendo, plus $75 Million, to find out that Clinton lied about oral sex. But with these Republican administrations the mere existence of any police or courts will quickly turn up conspiracy, bribery, fraud, murder, burglary, hush funds, and every other form of corruption. Let's return to putting people in authority who believe in the job that they are hired to do.
  •  It's really too bad (none)
    that we can't bring some kind of class action suit against the whole damn party, isn't it?  Sue them for promoting corruption and crime...
    •  Apply RICO to the GOP ? (none)
      IF there was justice nowadays, that was what SHOULD be done. The entire party is in a money laundering and influence peddling scheme.

      Perception trumps Reality until a category 5 Reality blows all the spin away

      by lawnorder on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 03:14:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans ARE corruption (4.00)
    They are not meant to govern. They are trojan horses. Once in power, they turn every institution into a parody of itself (see, EPA, Labor department, Interior, for the most obvious examples).

    Katrina showed it perfectly: all these moth-eaten bureacracies had been utterly destroyed and exist only to funnel billions to connected companies.

    Republicans are pure corruption. The ARE a scandal - not involved in scandals.

    Any individual scandal is nothing compared to the criminal enterprise they're operating across all of American life.

    Conservatism is killing us

    by grushka on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:01:16 PM PDT

    •  The Acorn of Government (none)
      never falls far from The Tree of The People.

      Most people are in a sad way in America: morally, physically, spiritually, and perhaps most critically, intellectually. People have it so good, they see no reason not be fat, stupid, and lazy.

      As I go out and about, I really don't like what I see. Work and study are merely means to an end for the vast majority. Those ends are hardly noble either, excessive consumption and licentiousness. Our so-called religions are pathetic, and aren't doing the job they are supposed to do. I think that is because nobody really believes that they are true, especially the fundies, they wear their cognitive dissonance on their sleeves. I mean, do people get emotional over whether glucose contains 6 carbons? No. Because they know it to be true. Not so with evolution, because it touches their raw nerve of doubt. But I digress...

  •  More evidence of corruption (4.00)
    Remember Armstrong Williams? It turns out the GAO has determined that the Department of Education indeed violated the ban on covert propaganda when hiring Williams to push Bush's agenda. Read more here
    Thank you Senators Lautenberg and Kennedy for pushing for this investigation.

    Is the house of cards really starting to fall? It sure feels that way to me!

    Dubya, yer momma may think yer cute, but I sure don't

    by cosmic debris on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:02:09 PM PDT

  •  Amazing (none)

    Add to the list yesterday's dissembling by Rumsfield and the brass testifying on the status of the mess in Iraq.  The money line from the WSJ "it might take nine years to defeat insurgents".  Can we now expect "Nine More Years" to be the new GOP mantra.
  •  bubbling (4.00)
    What's amazing is that all these sleaze and corruption has bubbled forth while the GOP controls the entire governmental apparatus. Imagine if we had the Senate and/or House and subpoena powers?

    That so much has bubbled forth--in addition to indicating that much is yet to be uncovered--has restored my faith that the system crafted by the Framers is able to withstand temporary problems such as the current republicans.  Thank goodness that most prosecutors are career types who take impartiality seriously.  

    We're not Republicans -- words still have actual meaning for us, and when we hear freedom we know it doesn't mean armed occupation. --felagund

    by froggywomp on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:03:36 PM PDT

  •  Ahem! (4.00)
    What's amazing is that all these sleaze and corruption has bubbled forth while the GOP controls the entire governmental apparatus. Imagine if we had the Senate and/or House and subpoena powers?

    Uh, imagine what it would be like if every broadcast network, all the cable news channels, and the biggest conglomerations of print and radio news WEREN'T owned by major Republican contributors.  

    No, really.  Try to imagine that.  

    "Freedom Isn't Free ... but Osama Is"


    by Grand Moff Texan on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:03:58 PM PDT

    •  the last line of defense (none)
      imagine a world without blogs as an alternative news and opinion source.  Sometimes I feel that they could have gotten away with more if sites like DailyKos and others were not independent.
  •  2006 Mid-term Elections are CRITICAL !! (4.00)
    Exactly > Kos "Imagine if we had the Senate and/or House and subpoena powers?"

    The 2006 mid-term mean EVERTHING !!

    If we take the House or Senate of both we can hold the multitude of hearings on the "Culture of Corruption" that is BushCo. Then we set the stage for the 2008 battle for the Whitehouse with the American public much more clear and with a new definition of what real criminal corrution is and what has really happened to our Country these years under Republican control.

    Progressives - stay UNDECIDED on 2008

    by AustinSF on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:05:57 PM PDT

  •  Wildfires spotted in Capitol (none)
    Wait, that's not brush that's burning!!!

    There comes a point in time, where there is simply so much smoke billowing forth, there just has to be fire.

    Karl Rove needs to get the GOP (the SCLM*, and the American Public) off of these scandals, and fast!

    So if you're Karl, what do you do?

    1. muddy the waters (watch out, Ronnie Earl!), then
    2. use of a controversial, anti-choice, minority, female supreme court nomination to change the news cycle and try and divide the Democrats.

    Its coming...

    They're so predictable.

  •  Debunking time (none)
    The latest winger talking point I've heard repeated several times is that Earle offered to drop charges in this case against corporations if they agreed to make donations to his pet liberal causes. Anyone care to debunk this so I can shove it down their throats?
    •  evidence? (none)
      do they have any evidence for that assertion?  i doubt it.  they probably got it from one of those chain emails they send around, like the one about how bush was begging, begging governor blanco to declare an emergency.

      why not turn one of their ridiculous techniques back on them?  tell 'em, "don't believe everything you hear in the right-wing media!"  (which includes chain email, of course.)

      we'd better decide now if we are going to be fearless men or scared boys.
      — e.d. nixon, montgomery improvement association

      by zeke L on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:27:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  there was an answer to that in a prior diary (none)
      It was something about how this "pet project" really did help people and wasn't just about Earle's ego. It was like asking a drunk driver to do community service to a head injury clinic as reparations...Maybe if you search Ronnie Earle, you can find it...
  •  New STD (4.00)
    Subject: NEW STD..........

    The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new
    virulent strain of Sexually Transmitted Disease.  This disease is
    contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior. The disease is
    called Gonorrhea Lectim (pronounced "gonna re-elect him").

    Many victims have contracted it after having been screwed for the past
    four years, in spite of having taken measures to protect themselves from
    this especially troublesome disease. Cognitive sequelae of individuals
    infected with Gonorrhea Lectim include, but are not limited to:
    anti-social personality disorder traits;
    inability to tell the truth, delusions of grandeur with a distinct
    messianic flavor;
    chronic mangling of the English language;
    extreme cognitive dissonance;
    inability to incorporate new information;
    pronounced xenophobia;
    inability to accept responsibility for actions;
    exceptional cowardice masked by acts of misplaced bravado;
    uncontrolled facial smirking;
    ignorance of geography and history;
    tendencies toward creating evangelical theocracies;
    and a strong propensity for categorical, all-or-nothing behavior.

    This disease is sweeping Washington, trailer parks, and the Red States.

    Naturalists and epidemiologists are amazed and baffled that this
    malignant disease originated only a few years ago from a Texas Bush.

    Bush will be impeached.

    by jgkojak on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:17:01 PM PDT

  •  Don't forget Gus Boulis! (3.75)
    His murderers were arrested yesterday. Has no one made the connection yet? there's a lot more than just 3 thugs arrested for a gangland-style killing of Boulis. Abramoff took Sun Cruz lines away from Boulis. Delay is his friend. SunCruz has a boat off Saipan (remember Delay and Abramoff and Saipan and the sweatshops?).
    Then there's the fact that Mohammed Atta and some cohorts were seen frequenting SunCruz before 9-11.
    What a wonderful way to launder money for illegal activities.  
    This may bring their whole house of cards down.
    But it may also bring to light where the 9-11 hijackers got their money - and from whom.
    Delay. Abramoff. Bush. Cheney.  The new Mafia.
    Wake up Shee-ple!!!

    P.S. - to read more about the connection, with an updated story as of today, go to the madcow web site

  •  Go see how the Repugs (none)
    are fvcking up NPR. GAAAAAH!

    Hat tip to

    George Bush never met a problem he couldn't throw money at to solve.

    by Joon on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:23:30 PM PDT

  •  Republicans: Our Moral Leaders (none)
  •  I was thinking the same thing as kos (none)
    after reading that (money) laundry list.

    even the faint hope that a sizable no. of these crooks will be punished...hell, I'm happy for a few dozen sleepless nights for me hope that this nation is going down the tubes.

    "Every act of becoming conscious is an unnatural act." - Adrienne Rich

    by marjo on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

  •  I can only imagine... (none)
    what we would uncover if we had subpoena power!
  •  It was the utter arrogance (3.83)
    it was inevitable. I've watched this from outside the country, for the entire duration of this administration, and whenever I visited, the sheer unbridled arrogance seemed to have grown another head on this hydra. It was amazing. Not just the politicians but the pundits on news and cable, it was even more astonishing if you saw it only once or twice a year. Each time I saw it, it had made another quantum leap into more and more comically aggressive and without any restraint whatsoever.

    To be in control of all branches of govt, virtually all media, that kind of total power not only corrupts but leads to an illusion of invincibility (that's why it corrupts) which is what leads to going too far, to a point when even their own system finally turns on them.

    I was thinking about the notion of "the politics of personal destruction" coming back to bite them (from the other thread) and it occurred to me- no, we don't even have to do anything. I mean, we can, and we will, but they'd go down on their own. They're imploding all by themselves, and it was inevitable. A philosophy based on greed, ultra-nationalism, and religious self-righteousness was doomed to eat itself alive eventually.

    •  "Illusion of Invincibility" (none)
      I like that.  Wouldn't it be lovely if all this really was just a bad illusion?  But clearly, their hubris knows no bounds.  I find myself staring open-mouthed at the television as they come on and spout their lies into our collective faces.  Most times, I feel as if I have been literally spat on.  Yuck!
  •  Culture of Corruption (none)
    Every Dem better start repeating this over and over and over... Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption Culture of Corruption
  •  You have framed this perfectly (4.00)
    Republican Culture of Corruption.  It has a catchy ring to it.  It needs to be repeated on every talking head show and every LTE we write.
    Eventually it will become part of the landscape in people's thinking.  
  •  Is There a Good Corruption Timeline? (none)
    I'd love to be able to toss that at some folks I know.
  •  Imagine (none)
    "What's amazing is that all these sleaze and corruption has bubbled forth while the GOP controls the entire governmental apparatus. Imagine if we had the Senate and/or House and subpoena powers?"

    We don't need to imagine. The Democrats did have that authority early in Bush's term. They just didn't use it.

  •  new example of a frog calling someone else ugly: (none)
    last night a attorney for Tom Delay
    was being interviewed somewhere on cable news
    and he said something like this:

    "prosecution is withholding information because to control the flow of information is to control what people think"

    I want to find this guys name and exact quote
    if anyone knows? Withholding information to control
    what people think has been BushCo policy since day one.

  •  Chris Carney attacked by RNCC/Rep. Sherwood (none)
    NRCC Lies About Chris!

    The National Republican Congressional Committee attacked Chris Carney in a press release today. From the Hotline:

    The NRCC said Naval Reserve Lt. Cmdr./Penn State assoc. prof Chris Carney (D) was a "hypocritcal professor" who "says one thing and does another" because Carney criticized Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA) for taking DeLay PAC money while accepting support from Rep Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL).

    They are changing the subject and not answering the question. Either Don Sherwood stands with Tom DeLay or he doesn't.

    They are also lying. Carney for Congress has not received any money from Rahm Emmanuel or Nancy Pelosi.

    Don't let them change the subject.

    Don't let them get away with lying or name-calling.

    1. Call Don Sherwood at (202) 225-3731 and demand that he denounce Tom DeLay and make the NRCC stop lying about Chris Carney.

    2. Sign the petition to demand Sherwood Give Back DeLay's Money!

    3. Help Chris fight back by making a contribution.
  •  Lord Acton said it: (none)
    "Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely."  
  •  Corruption...and blindness (none)
    It's hard to imagine that ANY observer could fail to notice the corruption currently smothering Washington. The Republicans with their K-stree Project have been unusually aggressive and visible in their disdain for the idea of a public good, but there are plenty of old and new Democrats and just plain bureaucrats that are probably somewhat guilty.

    Yet then I read this posting from "Jonathan R." at GOPBloggers, (courtesy of Daou report): "Bill Frist is probably one of the most genuinely decent and honorable men serving in Congress, which is why the allegations that he illegally sold stock in HCA are difficult to take seriously."

    DIFFICULT TO TAKE SERIOUSLY???? The "evidence" of Bill's decency and honor is a carefully legalistic PR release from Frist's office!

    Maybe Frist just coincidentally decided to sell "whatever HCA stock remained in my blind trust", maybe he really didn't know that it was still a large stake, maybe he had no clue, and was shocked, shocked, when the company announced poor results after the sale. Yeah, right!

    But even if those implausible ifs are true, it boggles the mind that an apparently literate adult can't at least admit that the appearance of impropriety is considerable. Being told that a high politician is "genuinely decent and honorable" is not EVIDENCE. Without impugning the honor and decency of a significant number of legislators on both sides of the aisle, I'd have to say that Frist's actions certainly don't meet the smell test, so that, at the very least, the onus is on him to demonstrate otherwise...

  •  At the risk of being flamed upon (none)
    ....I think it's the "Culture of Corruption" not "Republican" and not "Democrat". And I think if we are going to truly clean house (with a lower case H) we need to clean the WHOLE place with the HazMat team.

    We need to be careful what we wish for because we could find ourselves in just as much "deep yogert" as the GOP because, I am afraid to say, there is probably as much nasty-nasty going on in "our" side as there is "their" side. It's just not as blatent and, becasue we are already in the minorty of government, not as noticable. Cynical? Not me.

    The solution on how to win big? Don't just prosecute the Repubs who are crooks; make it the Democratic Pledge to prosecute ANYONE in the goverment who is sleazeball, regardless of their party affiliation. Let the Democratic Party become the party of honesty and sunshine laws for ALL americans. With enough house cleaning of both sides of all aisles, Repub mud slinking would just bounce off, IMHO.

    Am I naive, or what?

    Step by step the longest march can be won.
    Many stones can form an arch. Singly none.
    --United Mine Workers

    •  it IS the republicans (none)
      there will be some dishonest dems, but the GOP just can't help themselves, and that's where the difference lies.

      "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." (Prof. John Kenneth Galbraith )

      I tend to agree with that, and I would venture that when your political philosophy is based entirely on selfishness and getting your own while the getting's good, it will be more than a little difficult to resist the temptation of corrupt behavior.

      It's a typical gop claim that "oh well they all do that".  its purpose is to turn off voters entirely--low turnout always helps the gop.

      give me an example from the carter administration that compares with reagan's arms-for-hostages, or cocaine-in-LA.  or an example from the clinton administration that compares with bush's selling of the Iraq war.  disrespect for the law (based on greed) is the meat of today's conservatism, and it leads inexorably toward corruption at all levels.

      •  I don't think it's that black and white (none)
        I totally agree that it's mostly R's that are at fault here and the fault is of a far worse degree of anything we've ever seen from Clinton, Carter, etc.

        But my point was two-fold:

        1. Be careful what you wish for, and

        2. If we jumped as hard on any dishonest Dem as hard as we jump on any dishonest Repub and became The Party of Fairness and Honesty, we would gain a lot of respect from the middle-of-the-road moderates, especially since many of them feel so disconnected from the far-right fringes of the GOP.
  •  Bubble, Bubble, Frist's in Trouble! (none)
    Yes, corruption, as Kos put it, has

    bubbled forth while the GOP controls the entire governmental apparatus.

    I would dare say that corruption has bubbled forth BECAUSE one party, the GOP, has sought to overtake and destroy the balance of power within the government, between branches, and has sought to control all branches of government and the information about government that is reaching the people.

    Frist, by dumping his stock, did nothing more nor less than Martha Stewart did when she dumped her Imclone stock - He's just engaged in insider trading on a much deeper and more lucrative level.

    Surely, if Martha was treated fairly by the judicial system with her time served in West Virginia and her ankle bracelet and house detention at her beautiful estate in Bedford, NY, then Bill Frist's stock sale should warrant the same judicious examination by a court of law and appropriate sentencing for the crime he committed.

    The GOP have cooked themselves up quite a criminal stew in DC these days, what with DeLay's campaign finance violations, all the criminal activity of Abramoff, from within his power base as a GOP lobbyist, and Bill Frist's insider trading.

    I wonder if Frist will get his own reality show when he gets out of jail, like Martha did.

    He'll certainly have time to learn how to cook while he's in jail.  I hear there is art therapy available in some of the white collar criminal facilities, as well.

    Perhaps he'll learn how to stencil wallpaper designs and plant begonias, as well.

  •  Get Galvan-ized? (none)

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    Or, copy and paste the following website address into your browser. 89.asx&vmpid=1007
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    By Karl-Thomas Musselman
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  •  A picture, for y'all (none)
    Greetings from Texas! I just did this, thought this topic would be a GREAT place to post it. It's not much, and I wanted to add text to it but couldn't find the right words.

    Viva la revolucion!

    Image Hosted by

    Libertarianism is like communism: both look great on paper.

    by JamesC on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 01:48:27 PM PDT

  •  I wrote a song about this... (none)
    Sung to the tune of Mr. Rogers' "Beautiful Day".

    If you've forgotten the tune, find it here.

    The new lyrics...

    It's a beautiful day in the USA.
    A beautiful day for citizens.
    The Hammer's indicted.
    And Franklyn too.

    It's a scary day for Jack Abramof,
    A scary day for Scooter.
    Miller is singing
    The same tune as Cooper.

    The SEC has begun an inquiry with a document review.
    The trust, it seems really wasn't so blind as the Doctor spewed.

    So, let's hope and pray on this beautiful day
    That Fitz gets it right as the Special DA.
    Ari was flipped
    Tells all about Plame
    Rove finally does the frog march.
    Trials all through the summer.
    Dems win in 06.
    With impeachment hearings soon after.

  •  I love the Cafferty File (none)
    on CNN.  Unfortunately I get Blitzer, too, but Cafferty is such a hoot.  He said the tooth fairy left a quarter under his pillow today and the quarter is Bill Bennett!  Plain english, folks, that is what we need more of in times like these.

    Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    by panicbean on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:21:27 PM PDT

  •  Bush beats Grant for sheer destruction (none)
    I'm quite sure FEMA's innaction was to make sure the gulf towns of Mississippi and others, last bastions of community and the working man, were thoroughly destroyed benefiting big time developers on the Gulf Coast, Bush supporters all. And when they do 'help' it's in Florida doling out money in political patronage paid directly to the undeserving.  

    The destruction of human wetlands:

    It's the worst administration since the Civil War.

    Darkness washed over the Dude...darker than a black steer's tookus on a moonlight prairie night...there was no bottom

    by moon in the house of moe on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:38:26 PM PDT

  •  GOP=another day, another scandal (none)
    If it's Friday, it must mean another Republican scandal unfolding somewhere.  The hits just keep on coming for Democratic strategists as one scandal after another unfolds.  There have been so many, so fast it's difficult even for Kossacks to keep up with each one.  The list above isn't even a definitive one as it forgets the massive Coingate scandal in Ohio.    Then there's the Don Sherwood "she wasn't my mistress and I didn't try to strangle her" affair.

    If we can't frame the GOP as the Party of cronyism and corruption next year we don't deserve to be in this business of governing.  It doesn't get any easier than this folks.  I like using the term "culture of corruption" coined by the Hackett campaign.  Let's all use this and beat the Rethugs silly repeating it in every race in every campaign.

    Then we counter that theme by defining Democrats as "Real Leadership for a New Century."

    "My job is to protect the American people." George W. Bush. Did he?

    by PAprogressive on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:52:13 PM PDT

  •  asdf (none)
    absoute power leads to absolute corruption. Why not blame the GOP corruption on the kid-glove democrats.
  •  What a Mess (none)
    Corruption leads to failure and lets just take a snapshot at the state of this country; awful. Republican conservatism leads to deep corruption, but I wont say that the Democrats are in the clear either. This lobbyist driven government just needs to end period.

    "Let knowledge free the world"

    by Brain User on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 06:55:52 PM PDT

  •  Indicting a ham sandwich (none)

    (Click picture for larger image)

    Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by jaysea on Sat Oct 01, 2005 at 01:28:09 AM PDT

  •  Fair Game (none)
      The evidence of corruption makes the GOP fair game.
      But how can there be a fair game without oppositon?
      This whole game is boring because even the umpire is unaccountable.
       What is the new game?
       What are the rules?
       And who rules?

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