Double standards and Doublespeak

There is no scientific instrument capable of measuring the depths of right-wing Republican hypocrisy and double-standards:

Isn’t It Funny How Hannity And FOX News Never Cared About Giuliani’s Criminal Partners?

It was another night of Obama-bashing on Hannity & Colmes tonight. All that hammy outrage from Sean Hannity about how Barack Obama’s pastor reflected poor judgment on Obama’s part got me thinking about Rudy Giuliani. He didn’t just associate with Bernard Kerik, he appointed Kerik to a high spot in the Giuliani administration, later became partners with him and even recommended him to be head of the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik was also a cad in addition to be being a crook. And then there’s another Giuliani partner, Monsignor Alan Placa, accused of sexually abusing children and helping to cover up other abuses by priests. Yet not only was Giuliani given a pass on FOX about that “poor judgment,” Kerik was repeatedly welcomed on the “fair and balanced” network, even after he pleaded guilty to accepting illegal gifts from a company associated with the Mob.

Republicans are simply never responsible for their associations no matter how entangled. Yet if a Democrat bought a slurpee at the same convenience store as some scoundrel back in 1994 that means they’re joined at the hip.

Whatever Hillary Clinton’s faults only the kool-aid drinking Vince Foster was murdered crowd would believe that she has some illegal act of thuggery cooked up to somehow take Obama out of the race, but the media likes the sound of it so why let ethics hold them back, Media run with anonymous claim that Clinton win “will require exercising the ‘Tonya Harding’ option”

Following a March 25 report by ABC News senior national correspondent Jake Tapper on his ABCNews.com blog, Political Punch, that an anonymous Democratic Party official claimed, regarding Sen. Hillary Clinton, “Her securing the nomination is certainly possible — but it will require exercising the ‘Tonya Harding option,’ ” numerous media figures have repeated the reference — some going so far as to assert that the purported “Tonya Harding option” is a specific strategy adopted by the Clinton campaign.

Who knows maybe someone that runs the copy machine had a few beers at lunch and thought it sounded like something kool to say, but did it come from a top Clinton adviser and is that in fact the name the Senator has given to a specfic strategy. The networks have produced no proof to that effect, but it grabs viewers attention who will in turn be more eyeballs for the commercials that pay these hacks six figure salaries.

Chris Heavy Duty Spin Cycle Wallace echoes the right-wing noise machine, Fox’s Chris Wallace Echoes White House Spin, Claims Basra Violence Is ‘Good News’

On Thursday, President Bush declared that the violence currently engulfing the southern Iraqi city of Basra is “very positive” because it shows that the Iraqi government “is willing to take on elements that believe they are beyond the law.” On the same day, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said that clashes in Basra are “a credit not only to the Iraqis, but to the success of the surge.”

Violence is down, the surge is working. Violence is up, the surge is working. The Ministry of Truth has that gold leaf embossed certificate for accomplishments above and beyond for the successful use of doublespeak on its way.

Cherry Blossoms wallpaper. The cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. around the Thomas Jefferson Memorial were a gift from Japan in 1912.

Total manipulation. I suppose you could say they wanted to subvert the Constitution, but they don’t think along philosophical lines

There are, depending on one’s POV reasons to vote for or against Barack Obama, but to suggest that he will somehow hurl us back to the days of Rosa Parks is in the top twenty of the most absurd thing I’ve read. Of course it came from one of the neocon’s favorite historical revisionists Victor David Hanson, Obama’s election will cause,

disastrous regression in race relations.

Should America start a fund drive and buy Righties like Hanson a mirror. They can’t seem to see themselves for what they are – RNC Chief to Say It Was ‘Wrong’ to Exploit Racial Conflict for Votes

It was called “the southern strategy,” started under Richard M. Nixon in 1968, and described Republican efforts to use race as a wedge issue — on matters such as desegregation and busing — to appeal to white southern voters.

Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman, this morning will tell the NAACP national convention in Milwaukee that it was “wrong.”

“By the ’70s and into the ’80s and ’90s, the Democratic Party solidified its gains in the African American community, and we Republicans did not effectively reach out,” Mehlman says in his prepared text. “Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong.”

To Hanson and other neocons of that ilk it is not Barack Obama that might cause a “regression” in race relations it is any U.S. President of color. This is the soft stinking underbelly of Republican racism. It’s not, they’ll claim that they have anything against African-Americans only now is not the time for school integration, now is not the time for voting rights and now is not the time for a black president. Its all about the timing you see, its not about how the Hansons have used race to scare and polarize American voters. Where was Hanson and The National Review when Bush was exploiting every last ounce of prejudice he could at Bob Jones University

7. “This is a Catholic Voter Alert. Governor George Bush has campaigned against Senator John McCain by seeking the support of Southern fundamentalists who have expressed anti-Catholic views. Several weeks ago, Governor Bush spoke at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. Bob Jones has made strong anti-Catholic statements, including calling the Pope the anti-Christ, the Catholic Church a satanic cult! John McCain, a pro-life senator, has strongly criticized this anti-Catholic bigotry, while Governor Bush has stayed silent while seeking the support of Bob Jones University. Because of this, one Catholic pro-life congressman has switched his support from Bush to McCain, and many Michigan Catholics support John McCain for president.”

This was a John McCain for president campaign robo-call in 2000. Today, as we pointed out, he hangs with the Rev. Hagee who thinks Catholicism is a “cult” and the “Antichrist.” How romantic.

It is not simply about race with Republicans it is their repugnant and dependable habit of falling back on any kind of eliminationism they can exploit to electoral advantage. That snip comes from this article, The Top Ten Craziest Things John McCain Has Said While You Weren’t Watching

9. John McCain is “very proud to have Pastor John Hagee’s support.”

Just FYI, John Hagee makes Jeremiah Wright seem like Richard Simmons. Hagee has called the Catholic Church the “Great Whore,” an “apostate church,” the “Antichrist,” and a “false cult system.” And let’s not even get into what he has said about Jews.

In the insular world of The National Review Obama’s mere election will cause no end of tensions, but McCain and his cavalcade of anti-Catholic/anti-Semitic nut jobs are no cause for concern. Republicans practically invented identity politics.

WOODWARD
Why did they do all this for
Chrissakes?–what were they after?

DEEP THROAT
Total manipulation. I suppose you
could say they wanted to subvert the
Constitution, but they don’t think
along philosophical lines.

WOODWARD
Talk about Segretti–

DEEP THROAT
–don’t concentrate on Segretti or
you’ll miss the overall scheme too.

WOODWARD
There were more then.

DEEP THROAT
Follow every lead–every lead goes
somewhere–

WOODWARD
–the Canuck letter–was that a White
House operation–

DEEP THROAT
(nods, bigger)
–don’t you miss the grand scheme
too.

WOODWARD
How grand?

DEEP THROAT
Nationwide–my God, they were
frightened of Muskie and look who
got destroyed–they wanted to run
against McGovern, and look who they’re
running against. They bugged, they
followed people, false press leaks,
fake letters, they canceled Democratic
campaign rallies, they investigated
Democratic private lives, they planted
spies, stole documents, on and on–
don’t tell me you think this was all
the work of little Don Segretti.

WOODWARD
And Justice and FBI know all this?

DEEP THROAT
Yes, yes, everything. There were
over fifty people employed by the
White House and CREEP to ratfuck–
some of what they did is beyond
belief.

WOODWARD
(stunned)
Fifty ratfuckers directed by the
White House to destroy the Democrats?

from “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”, screenplay by William Goldman
Based on the novel “All The President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward