October 5, 2006

Republican Blame Game

I have two main points this morning. First, our so-called liberal media has several times identified Mark Foley as a Democrat. Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall October 4, 2006 11:42 AM: "[Dobson] touched on the uproar over former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, D-Florida, who resigned Friday in a scandal over electronic messages he sent to former teenage male congressional pages."

Fox ran a graphic for the Billo show that displayed the same thing. Please stop telling me that our media is liberal! On CNN's Headline News, Glen Beck said that it was ridiculous to connect Foley to the election--you know, because it is about gay people, not Republican leadership. James Dobson said essentially the same thing.

Point number two. Republicans have allowed themselves to be taken over by the biggest bunch of hypocritical liars in recent memory. Republicans have decided that this, too, is the fault of Democrats. Sean Hannity suggested the hand of George Soros and even Bill Clinton.

I have said this many times, but it bears repeating. The Republicans I know and am related to, are good, honest, and intelligent people. They believe in things like good government, accountability, and basic human decency. That they have been hoodwinked into following the party of George Bush is a tragedy. At some point, I think they will all look at this time period and wince along with the rest of us.

Glenn Greenwald assesses the state of the party in a pretty scathing post. As he notes, when Denny Hastert needed some kind of absolution, he went to the one figure where he could speak to the "values voter" through the Godfather of the Republican party. Not a reverend, or even a quasi-religious figure like Dobson or Falwell, but Rush Limbaugh.
I couldn't expunge this picture from my mind yesterday because, in all its visceral hideousness, it really illustrates what I think is the principal reason why this Foley scandal is resonating so strongly. This is the real face of the ruling Republican party, and it has been unmasked -- violently -- by the exposure of Mark Foley and his allies who protected and harbored him.

If the term 'moral degenerate' has any validity and can be fairly applied to anyone, there are few people who merit that term more than Rush Limbaugh. He is the living and breathing embodiment of moral degeneracy, with his countless overlapping sexual affairs, his series of shattered, dissolved marriages, his hedonistic and illegal drug abuse, his jaunts, with fistfulls of Viagra (but no wife), to an impoverished Latin American island renowned for its easy access to underage female prostitutes."

That is the problem with the party's leadership. They prefer the demagogues and hate mongers to the actual Republicans who care about good government. And it isn't just the Hasterts and the rest of his immoral leadership, but also the Stepford First Lady. How does she remain that thin and drink all that coolaid? And shame on her for not taking a principled line.

Oh, and let's not forget the batshit crazy. Katherine Harris is always good for something unbelievably stupid. After all, even her fellow Republicans consider her a nutjob.
Katherine Harris says the media would be “quite disingenuous” to blame the Mark Foley case on Republicans.

In an interview with WESH Channel 2 in Orlando, Harris said, “if anything, the Republicans didn’t know about these issues and we’re going to be very anxious to find out who in the media and on the other side of the aisle (Democrats) knew about it and kept this from the public interest, because our children were at stake.”

Harris did not mention that House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader John Boehner, Republican National Congressional Committee Chairman John Shimkus, and Rep. Rodney Alexander — all Republicans — knew about Foley’s contact with a former 16-year-old page nearly a year ago.

But for Harris, the logic is convoluted enough to make Rush a family values man. The Democrats were the political ones who held on to the information and didn't tell the Republicans who just want to protect the children. Except they don't.

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