Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Republican Scandals: Ongoing, Coming To A Head & Taking A Toll

It’s kind of fun sitting back and watching the myriad of Republican scandals coming to a head and taking a toll on a normally united Republican Party, although I’m cautiously optimistic about how these developments will translate into a big win for Democrats come November.

Over the last few weeks we have heard that Patrick Fitzgerald may be getting ready to lay out his case against Karl Rove, Gayle Norton resigned from her post as Secretary of the Interior perhaps due to the Abramoff investigation getting closer and closer to her office door, Andrew Card has “resigned” as Chief of Staff to President Bush most likely in an attempt to appease Republicans on the Hill who are begging the White House for a shake up and now Tom DeLay has withdrawn from his Congressional race in Texas. The ongoing investigations into the Republicans’ “pay to play” style of governing, and the White House’s potentially illegal retaliatory politics and ensuing cover-ups, have been chugging along behind the scenes and we may be in for a summer of fun. Iced tea and indictments, sounds so refreshing I can hardly wait.

With President Bush’s approval numbers stuck in the 30% range, the war in Iraq continuing to spiral out of control and the possibility that he could lose his brain (Rove) to the CIA leak case and more GOP legislators to the Abramoff probe, it’s hard to see how the Republicans dig themselves out of this hole of their own making. And now that John McCain has decided to make nice with the fringe elements of the religious right, there doesn’t seem to be anyone left in the Republican Party who can counter the “out of touch” “in it for themselves” and “party of corruption” labels. When the mavericks of the Party join the fold, who’s left to speak to and for moderate Republican voters?

I was listening to Pat Buchanan on Hardball last night and he made some very astute observations. He said that the economy is doing well, in a macro-economic sense, but that Middle America isn’t sharing in the prosperity. He went on to point out that the loss of jobs due to transnational corporations moving their operations to other countries is a very real concern that is not being addressed because, working Americans have been abandoned by both parties. I can’t think of a better indication that the country has moved too far to the right, and that politicians in Washington DC are firmly in the pockets of big business, than Pat Buchanan making the same arguments as liberals. Too bad most Democrats won’t talk like that, it would certainly go a long way toward winning back the support of working Americans if they did.

As these investigations come to a close, there will likely being some fireworks and a few opportunities for Democrats to celebrate, but I’m not dusting off my pom poms just yet. While it’s always nice to see opportunists and criminals publicly served their just desserts, being against something doesn’t foster the same optimism as being for something. Bush promised to be a “uniter, no a divider” and we know what a load of crap that was. It’s still a nice idea though. We are a divided country, but we do seem to be coming together, if only slightly. If a liberal like me can agree with Pat Buchanan (on the rare occasion, but still), clearly there is room for building consensus.

I hope there are some potential leaders out there who really care about uniting the country, leaders who will inspire us, appeal to our better natures and challenge us to be better citizens, both of this country and of the world. But in order to inspire us to be better, we must be presented with something better too. We need leaders who are not afraid to take on the transnational corporations. After all, they are not good global citizens nor do they have any allegiance to this country, so why should we tolerate politicians that protect them at our expense? Support is a two way street. Speak to us and for us, and we’ll help you every step of the way. I’m not holding my breath as we wait for these leaders to emerge, but I am starting to believe in the possibility that they are out there. That’s progress, right?


Anonymous Dale Hippert said...

"Representative #2"...what an appropriate double meaning designation of the 'Hammer' in the Fed's investigation!

RE another 'steaming' #2, Rove, I've mused that Mr. Fitzgerald must be a big Bon Jovi fan:

Fitzgerald the citizen/Republican has
got to be thinking: "These guys give Republicans a bad name and make the mob boss, the terrorist and Gov Ryan seem like model citizens!" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Fitzgerald

An agent's name is what you sell
You promise me truth, then put me through hell

You’re a loaded gun
There’s nowhere to run
No one can save you
The damage is done

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give Republicans a bad name
I play my part and you play your game
You give Republicans a bad name

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's hilarious that you think the answer for the "common man" is the democrats. It's actually neither party, but your so caught up in anti-republican that you fail to see the big picture (it's corporations - both republican and democrat) against the common man. You're just being tricked into thinking you have a choice.

1:52 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Dale--I wouldn't have pegged you as a Bon Jovi fan. Very, very interesting.

Anonymous--Notice that in my hope for a new crop of leaders, I didn't specify party affiliation. While it is unlikely that a Republican is going to emerge that will appeal to me, I have not ruled out anyone. If a candidate can speak effectively to my concerns as an American and provide a vision for the future that appeals to me, I don't care what letter they have after their name on the ballot. I am loyal to my ideology, not my Party.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Dale Hippert said...


Who are those wascals who are twicking poor Mollie?

Wouldn't the declining approval ratings for both a Republican President and Congress suggest that not a few Republicans are feeling they've been 'tricked'?

On the one hand life was not perfect during the Clinton Admin. On the other hand who wouldn't trade the last five years of cronyism, corruption and just flat out in our faces incompetence for the prosperity, budget surplus, relatively competent government and the intermittent and mostly successful military operations of the Clinton years.

Remember Somalia? Bush I got us in. Clinton's defense secretary refused to supply armored vehicles, Black Hawk Down occurred...and, the Sec of Defense was fired! What's with that? Oh, yeah, that's what used to be called 'accountability'. Not much a that goin' around anymore, despite Bush promising he would be bringing us some.

Clinton took his impeachment
and was acquitted. Several of those who were on his case were outed for similar or worse 'moral turpitude'.
Fundamental, pun intended, Republican problem. What they scold the rest of us about they are almost certainly up to in their own wicked,wicked lives.

Bottom line: if all that has happened over the last five years had occured on Clinton's watch, Republicans would be in 'bat shit mode'. Oh wait, they were throughout the Clinton years!

Don't tell us there's no difference. We now have ample evidence of how a Party works that feels government is THE problem, rather than one of many possible solutions.

They cripple it with incompetent cronys and inadequate funding.

Then they turn to us and say: 'See, it doesn't work!'

2:47 PM  
Blogger Danny Steinberg said...

I hope you listen to anything Pat Buchanon says. The man is a notoriuos hater of Jews.

7:31 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Danny--I realize that Mr. Buchanan has some vile beliefs, and I am certainly no fan of his. I used him as an example of how even those with extremely opposing views can work together where there is agreement.

7:40 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

That's the really, really bizarre thing about Pat Buchanan--he DOES frighteningly make alot of sense on the economy, but then he wanders off into some bizarre racist, anti-semitic claptrap that makes you want to take out your eyeballs with the nearest melon-baller. He is the modern embodiment of the old tradition of populist demagoguery, in the mold of the Peronists of Argentina or Huey Long back in the 30's. Sadly, racism and authoritarianism are occupational hazards of populism.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He said that the economy is doing well, in a macro-economic sense, but that Middle America isn’t sharing in the prosperity.

I've been saying for a while that the Republican party has been feeding on it's own base, a situation that can't go on indefinitely.

We'll see if middle-America manages to wake up anytime soon.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Mad Kane said...

Really good post! I linked it today:

12:18 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Yes, sometimes Pat Buchanan makes sense, but then he can do that now that he's out of professional politics. I don't agree with him most of the time, but there is a part of all thinking Americans who still respect the Constitution.

6:51 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Local Crank--I couldn't have said it better.

Kvatch--I hope so too, but I won't go holding my breath for the last 30%.

Mad Kane--Thank you, any readers of yours are a welcome addition!

Lew Scannon--Unless they never cared for it in the first place, of course.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are ignorant. Please stop blogging.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a very melodramatic view of Republicans and Democrats. You are the reason us democrats are going to loose the up coming election. Please refrain from using your freedom of speach.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous George Bush said...

This is why women shouldn't be aloud to vote.

4:38 PM  

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