Monday, April 09, 2007

The Sky Is Falling Down On Conservative Crime

Two from Daily Kos

GOP concern trolls too stupid to stay on message

by Kagro X    Mon Apr 09, 2007

Republican concern trolls Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Trent Lott, John Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Boehner, Roy Blunt, Adam Putnam, and Eric Cantor -- collectively known as the GOP Republican "leadership" -- have written Speaker Pelosi a letter.

How thoughtful! (View the PDF)

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

We are writing to urge you to call the House back into session immediately so that Congress can finish its work on the emergency legislation to fund the Global War on Terrorism [sic]. This funding request has been pending since February 5, but your leadership team chose to leave town for more than two weeks rather than completing this bill. As a result, our troops have been put at risk.

We are especially troubled by the House's failure to appoint conferees. The Senate appointed conferees on March 29, moments after passing its bill, but the House never did so, despite passing its bill a week earlier. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Senate that he hoped the House-Senate conference would begin on March 30. That hoped-for progress has been thwarted by your failure to act.

"Yadda-yadda, blah, blah, blah, poo-poo on you," the letter continues.

I needn't even mention the obvious: that the time elapsed since February 5th blows the Republican-led Congress' response time on similar bills out of the water.

So, why are these knuckleheads who voted against the bill so keen on convening a conference when the president promises to veto, anyway? And why aren't they equally concerned that as a result of the veto, "our troops [will be] put at risk?"

Because they are all full of shit, that's why.

Be warned, Dubya: Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Trent Lott, John Kyl, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Boehner, Roy Blunt, Adam Putnam and Eric Cantor think that any delay in signing this bill puts our troops at risk.

It says so in writing.

   Their concern for the troops made me grab a tissue!

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   You knew that someone had to say it and I guess that Tom DeLay is the one who should be saying it. I'm speaking of his ranting's on the criminalization of politics. Poor guy is under the delusion that the Democrats are just picking on the GOP for political reasons. I guess that it has not crossed DeLay's tiny little mind that maybe the Democrats are picking on the massive illegal activities of the Bush administration, DeLay included.

   And so what if the Dems are attacking for politics? More power to them as long as they can legally weed out all of the crooks in the White House and bring them to justice. The Republicans made the witch hunt political when they tried to install inept cronies into positions of power to put a stranglehold on Republican power and control.

  Pay attention DeLay, Bush, Cheney. Because now "The True American Empire Strikes Back!!"     AGAINST YOU!

Tom DeLay is Just Like Six Million Jews

by Hunter     Mon Apr 09, 2007

It's true. Indicting Tom DeLay for money laundering is just like the Holocaust. You can just ask him:

I am so outraged by this whole criminalization of politics. It’s not good enough to defeat somebody politically. It’s not even good enough to vilify somebody publicly. They have to carpet bomb you with lies and made up scandals and false charges and indicting you on laws that don’t exist. … It’s the same thing as I say in my book, that the Nazis used. When you use the big lie in order to gain and maintain power, it is immoral and it is outrageous…

It’s the same process. It’s the same criminalization of politics. it’s the same oppression of people. It’s the same destroy people in order to gain power. It may be six million Jews. it may be indicting somebody on laws that don’t exist. But, it’s the same philosophy and it’s the same world view.

Ah, Tom DeLay, the Paris Hilton of political money laundering. In earlier times and among more intelligent folks, it might have been possible to explain that if you don't want the "criminalization of politics" to reach your doorstep, probably the most important thing you could do would be to, you know, not commit crimes for the sake of politics. DeLay, however, is dumber than a box of rocks -- and I'm talking ordinary gravel, here, not nice rocks -- and quite possibly the single most powerfully narcissistic Republican politician we have had in some time, which is truly saying something. Tom DeLay's career has been checkered with things that everyone else thinks is unethical or illegal, but which he's been willing to do anyway, and with gusto: he will go to his grave believing in the theory of the Unitary Exterminator -- that if he does something, it is by definition simply not a crime.

On the other hand, one of the better things about our recent crop of teeth-gnashingly conservative politicians is a direct result of this omnipresent narcissism: when they finally implode, they do it in style. Tom DeLay compares his plight to that of the Holocaust, thereby Godwining himself smartly over in the corner where nobody's even been watching. Hastert and the entire Republican Majority vanished not just because of their complete inaction on the steadily disintegrating Iraq War, but when they weren't willing to take even trivial steps to stop one of their own from attempted child buggery. Libby goes and gets himself indicted and then convicted simply because the White House hates critics with such a McCarthyite passion that they can't not attempt to punish them. Gonzales has the entire Justice Department melting around his ears, and appears to be in no position to do a damn thing about it. Conservative shock pundits like Savage or O'Reilly or Little Annie Coulter have taken to immolating themselves for any tiny shreds of self-absorbed publicity. Gingrich -- oh, sweet Heaven, Newt Gingrich himself! -- went supernova long ago, but now is back as conservative white dwarf star: insignificant in the national landscape, but still burning bright as legend in his own mind. And he even packed a sack lunch of old scandals for us to all share, as if in recognition that you can't be a nationally known conservative these days without a display of truly spectacular immorality and sordid personal baggage.

It's like everyone all of a sudden wants to be their own Nixon, or their own McCarthy -- to push the envelope until they finally find the exact moment when it all dissolves around them, and then look around with a dazed expression and pretend to be astonished at the inexplicable, monstrous cruelty of the world actually calling in their chips. Is this a new game show? A bit of performance art, and we're not in on it? A test of our national intelligence, to see just how far they can push things before finally, at long last, even the "pundits" who are buying them drinks finally say "you know what? No more. This all has finally all reached the point of being Quite Stupid Enough, thank you?"

I could mention here the extraordinary irony of Tom DeLay accusing folks of partisan-based indictments at the same time as the Bush administration's Department of Justice is being probed to determine whether was being restaffed with the explicit intent of procuring more partisan-based indictments, and I was certainly going to say something pithy here about how wildly inappropriate it was to compare your indictment for money laundering to genocide, but you know what? I don't have it in me. Knock yourself out, Tom. We've got all of conservativetown flinging their own poop, at the moment -- if that's what it takes to get you noticed in your fight for attention, then go for it. Show 'em what passes for wisdom in that conservative brain of yours: everyone who opposes you is like Hitler.