That you dont know what youve got Till its gone

Time has jumped on the Jump on Senator Harry Reid bandwagon, calling his real estate transactions a scandal. Interesting that no one has as of this writing has come up with any concrete proof of serious wrong doing and at the most appears to be an inadvertent ethics violation. Yet at the same time very little has been made of what would looks to be a quid pro quo legislation for profit in the case of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert(R), After ignoring Hastert land deal, Time highlighted Reid real estate controversy .

House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) made almost $2 million on the sale of land in Illinois after reportedly taking an active role in the inclusion in a transportation spending bill of an earmark for a highway project near the property. By contrast, there are no allegations that Reid used his office in any way that might have affected the value of his land

This seem to be a prevalent standard among much of the media. If there is some insinuation of, the mere appearance of some ethical misstep of any Democrat then he/she is guilty until proved innocent. In the mean time what looks like quite obvious financial wrangling and legislative trade for profit is quickly brushed under the rug if the culprit is a Republican.

“Obviously, Republicans are in danger of losing the House and the Senate and are desperate to push out any story that takes their troubles off the front page,” Reid’s spokesman, Jim Manley, said in a statement. “The fact is Senator Reid owned the land from 1998 to 2004 and he fully disclosed that fact. If the Ethics Committee requests a technical correction to Senator Reid’s disclosure forms we are happy to provide one.”

Obvious question of values, morality, and just old fashioned good judgement have escaped the limited attention span of conservative voters for the past twenty years or we wouldn’t have the most corrupt Congress and presidential administration since Reagan and the days of Iran-Contra and the HUD scandals.

Most of us realize that when it comes to all things foreign from freedom fries to Saddam’s posession of WMD Republicans are the 21st centuries unerring prophets, AP Reports the Obvious on Bush & Iraq

But 3 1/2 years later, with no weapons found, still no end in sight and the war a liability for nearly all Republicans on the ballot Nov. 7, the justification has become far broader and now includes the expansive “struggle between good and evil.”

Probably more rational human beings would have sit back, looked around at the world and having decided that we needed a war to end evil would not have started in Iraq of all places. But then we’re talking about Bushworld and rational just doesn’t enter into any policy equations. It seems to be taking longer then frozen molasses for some people to note the obvious, but some voters are beginning to see that Republican’s national security priorities are what mustard is to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, their recipe just don’t work, GOP Losing Security Cred With White Workers

…the white working class has voted overwhelmingly for Republicans since Reagan. President Bush widened the Republican advantage among such voters from a margin of 17 percentage points in 2000 to 23 percentage points in 2004, according to exit poll data compiled by Mr. Teixeira, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.

…Now, that security edge has all but disappeared. Among white voters with no college education, approval of the president’s handling of the war on terrorism had plummeted from a margin of 22 percentage points the summer of 2004 to just 7 percentage points last week, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

The genuinely sad part is that conservatives got that edge on national security in the first place. It was never based on actual foreign policy accomplishments ( and no Reagan did not single handedly end the Soviet Empire), it was all based on a massive media campaign. They repeated the lie that they were the foreign policies gurus over and over again, the media echoed that claim and it eventually became a conventional wisdom based on nothing but hot air.

Rove raises $12M in the 2006 cycle

Rove’s fundraising total also shows that despite Democrats’ persistent efforts to demonize him, most recently by publicizing the number of contacts he had with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Rove remains very popular with rank-and-file conservatives.

That is because Republicans live in a perverse world where corruption is a badge of honor. They’re the party of political con artists, every big check cashed represents another notch in their money belt.

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Dont it always seem to go
That you dont know what youve got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Big Tellow Taxi lyrics by Joni Mitchell