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A lot of people don't remember how bad things we in the 90s. Republicans are even more extreme than they were back then. Some examples:

Their leader is Watermelon Dan Burton, who of course got his nickname by inviting reporters to his back yard and shooting a watermelon to prove (how?) that Vince Foster did not commit suicide, a wacko theory he still believes, despite at least four investigative conclusions to the contrary.

This man was Chair of the Government Oversight Committee. To be taken over next year by this man:

If he became chairman, Issa has said he would double his staff from 40 to between 70 and 80, Politico reports. As chairman, he would also have the power to subpoena White House officials to appear before the committee under oath.
"I won't use it to have corporate America live in fear that we're going to subpoena everything. I will use it to get the very information that today the White House is either shredding or not producing."

There was "filegate" - one of many invented scandals:

After years of litigation, endless depositions, the fictionalized portrayal of this lawsuit and its litigants on television, and innumerable histrionics, this Court is left to conclude that with this lawsuit, to quote Gertrude Stein, 'there's no there there.' While this Court seriously entertained the plaintiffs' allegations that their privacy had been violated--and indeed it was, even if not in the sense contemplated by the Privacy Act--after ample opportunity, they have not produced any evidence of the far-reaching conspiracy that sought to use intimate details from FBI files for political assassinations that they alleged. The only thing that they have demonstrated is that this unfortunate episode--about which they do have cause to complain--was exactly what the defendants claimed: a bureaucratic snafu.

Kenneth Starr was originally appointed to investigate Whitewater, a real estate deal in which the Clintons were completely exonerated but eventually led to Paula Jones, somehow, and then to Monica Lewinsky. This was of course chronicled in The Hunting of the President.

A controversy about "selling the Lincoln Bedroom." Or  fundraising in a Buddhist temple, or any of the numerous useless shit that was invented by conservatives and dutifully used by a pliant media.

From TAP:

The Republican Congress heard  140 hours of testimony -- repeat, 140 hours of testimony -- on the burning question of whether the Clintons had misused the White House Christmas card list.

Who attend the Sidwells Friends school in Washington with the President's daughters? I am sure there is at least 1 lobbyist who also sends their children there. Perfect excuse to investigate, as good as Hillary's Christmas list. What about one random illegal immigrant who accidentally got a free flu shot? Or a clerical error which allows a criminal to get food stamps? ACORN? Anything goes, and the media will follow along. It will be a tough 2 years, and I am not even talking about legislative policy.

Of course there is one way to avoid all this...

Have a friend that doesn't know where their polling place is?

Have a friend that needs help understanding their choices?

Originally posted to bay of arizona on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 08:39 AM PDT.

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