I was going to write something about the grotesque and utterly immoral reaction by the Republican wing-nuttery over the Micheal J. Fox ad for Claire McCatskill’s race for Senate race in Missouri, but CorrentWire has an excellent post up about Limbaugh and Mahablog has a post on chickenhawk Dean Barnett at Hugh Hewitt’s blog and The Anchoress among others.
All and all it is just another day in the land of pretend patriots with values so distorted by malice and hate its a wonder that they can calm themselves enough to type out their bile. On the other hand maybe its that they do not have any real feelings and sit down with hearts of cold mud and and bang out load after load of crap because that is just what conservatives are. Abramoff Probe Hopes to Nab Another Congressman
The FBI and Justice Department appear to be expanding their probe into the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal in hopes of nabbing another member of Congress and aides, according to sources involved in the case.
The sources said that Justice is acting on more information gathered from Abramoff–who insiders say now has his own desk at the FBI to help in the investigation–and other scandal figures. It isn’t backing off the public corruption case even though no new lawmakers or top Hill aides have emerged as suspects in recent weeks.
“We thought it was wrapping up, but they’ve indicated that it is really about to expand,” said one source involved in the case. “It’s not ending anytime soon or even when he goes to jail.”
As we reported back in September, Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) took the floor of Congress in 1996 to question a 15 year-old girl’s claim that she had been the victim of sex trafficking in the Northern Mariana Islands, a client of Jack Abramoff. “[S]he wanted to do nude dancing,” Hall said. A lobbyist working with Abramoff helped Hall prepare his statement, and Abramoff had earlier paid for a trip by Hall to the islands.
I’m sure the good people of Texas are having one big grimace at the shame that is Ralph Hall.
For those that think that I might have been a little rough on Republicans and their waging the dog in Iraq with American lives to win elections, Desperate GOP Stoops to Lowest Fear Politics Imaginable
“If we were to follow the Democrats’ prescriptions and withdraw from Iraq, we would be fulfilling Osama bin Laden’s highest aspirations,” Bush said at an Oct. 19 campaign speech in La Plume, Pennsylvania. “We should at least be able to agree that the path to victory is not to do precisely what the terrorists want.”
But these appeals from the RNC and Bush ignore U.S. intelligence information indicating that what al-Qaeda really wants is for the United States to remain bogged down in Iraq so the terrorist band can use the American occupation to recruit and train a new generation of jihadists, who can then be deployed against targets outside Iraq.
In effect, Bush and bin Laden share a common goal in Iraq. They both want U.S. forces to “stay the course.”
The rising sectarian violence is poisoning the atmosphere for any possible reconciliation or deal. Every week, new killings mean new reasons for vengeance and diminished prospects for compromise.
Another dangerous new trend is the rapid disintegration of political authority across the country. As the vacuum in security and authority widens, political leaders in Baghdad are losing control of their militias and cadres across the country. Local gangs are asserting power in their neighborhoods and making money in the protection business. They will not easily give it up. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently made an analogy to Algeria’s civil war, pointing out that it took 13 years before that conflict burned out. But Algeria had a unified, competent government facing a reasonably unified, competent insurgency. That’s simple compared with Iraq’s chaos.
Fareed Zakaria is being generous, every month for two years the Bush administration has let things spiral out of control and refused to make adjustments and come up with a better plan. Its likely that if U.S. had just packed up and left a year ago that Iraq would be less violent then it is now.
There is just no getting away from Republican recklessness, whether it is domestic sex scandals, paid for legislation or foreign policy Russian roulette, Rice Sees Bright Spot In China’s New Role Since N. Korean Test
Before North Korea announced it had detonated a nuclear device, some senior officials even said they were quietly rooting for a test, believing that would finally clarify the debate within the administration.
On her trip to Asia this week, Rice has come close to saying the test was a net plus for the United States. She has tried to deflect criticism by saying the test was an affirmation, rather than a failure, of the Bush administration’s policy of trying to draw China deeper into negotiations on North Korea.
North Korea fell right into the administration’s cleverly laid trap and went ahead with nuclear weapons development and a test? Liberal Values asks, Anyone need any further evidence that this is the most incompetent, reckless administration in history?
I’m not sure but this may be the first time in a century that active duty troops have petitioned an end to a war and sought protection as legitimate whistle blowers, Active-Duty Troops Launch Campaign to Press Congress to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq
By tommorrow we can expect Dean Barnett, Limbaugh, The Anchoress and other unwashed members of looneyville to start Swiftboating these guys. We’ll probably even get some photos and e-mail so their readers can start the death threats.
“A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.”
“I’ll say this for Limbaugh, he’s consistently shameless. Here’s a guy who makes tens of millions of dollars per year spouting the company line to his legions of hardcore fans – yet he’s always coming up with new ways to make a buck.” Richard Roeper