Tuesday, September 04, 2007



Bob Novak claims he's seen the Republican Party in as bad shape as they are now, but he's never seen the Party operatives' morale so low. The Republican House members and senators have been getting an earful from their constituents this month. Republicans, claims Novak, somewhat unbelievably, are perfectly delighted with the GOP position of escalation in Iraq, but they are unhappy with all the non-war-related news. I guess the GOP masses had gotten their hopes up for mass deportations and GOP elites had gotten their hopes up for the institutionalization of cheap, non-union labor imported from poverty-striken countries. Now neither is happy.

And they're uphappy about all that Larry Craig news and how it's still all over the teevee. Novak says the GOP rushing him out of office-- obviously being well aware that the charges, despite his denials were true and serial in nature-- "raises two questions. If so many people knew Craig was an accident waiting to happen, why was he not eased out of office? How many other examples," Novak asks, referring to Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and half a dozen closeted Republican House members from David Dreier (R-CA) to Jim McCrery (R-LA), "of possibly scandalous behavior are known but hidden?" (And of course there are the non-gay Republican perverts-- and not just David Diapers Vitter. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), for example, is going to be in for a very bumpy ride... very soon.)

And homosexual hypocrisy and toilet trolling isn't the only kind of corruption Republicans are miserable about. Ney, DeLay and Cunningham were far from the only-- or even the worst-- crooks profiting form the Republican Culture of Corruption. Among those being publicly discussed as targets of FBI investigations, Rick Renzi (R-AZ) has already announced he's not going to run again. Even worse for Republicans than Renzi not running are John Doolittle (R-CA), Don Young (R-AK), Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Jerry Lewis (R-CA) announcing that they fully intend-- as of right this moment to run. (Several months ago Novak had announced he had inside info that Lewis would pull out of the race. Lewis, who has spent over a million dollars in legal fees to keep from being indicted, claims he's in for the duration.) Renzi, says Novak, is just "one of at least a half-dozen House Republicans under federal inquiry. Meanwhile, a growing number of scandal-free GOP incumbents representing contested districts are heading for the exits. That depresses meager hopes for restoring a Republican majority in the House." Sober political observers think the Republican defeats of 2006 will be dwarfed by what awaits them next year.

Novak is also pissed off that Republican governors-- those folks who have to do more than just posture and bloviate and spout radical ideology-- have largely given up on hateful far right ideology in favor of consensus and practical and popular policies.
Most of the dwindling contingent of Republican governors have abandoned conservative principles to embrace the Democratic-sponsored extension of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) to people who are neither children nor poor. Only three-- Indiana's Mitch Daniels, Mississippi's Haley Barbour, and South Carolina's Mark Sanford-- resist the lure of federal dollars.

Republicans are praying that they only lose 4 Senate seats next year-- Novak's wishful estimate. Less optimistic Republicans foresee half a dozen seats going blue and Democrats with vision feel that if the Republicans keep up the blatant obstructionism, something they clearly intend to do, they could lose between 8 and 10 senate seats.

And what makes all this all the most intolerable to the GOP roots are what Newt Gingrich derisively dubbed the "pathetic bunch of pygmies"™ (AKA- the Republican presidential field). The 8 or 9 or 10 clowns who wish to personify the concept of a third Bush term are all regularly beaten by "None of the Above" in every poll that allows "None of the Above" to participate.

The party's presidential candidates pretend Bush doesn't exist, not mentioning his name during debates. But none has inspired the party faithful. Front-runner Rudy Giuliani is anathema to social conservatives, the core of Republican success for more than two decades. This situation explains the interest in Fred Thompson as a possible savior, although he has not fulfilled lofty expectations prior to his official announcement of candidacy.

Mitt Romney approached the calamitous atmosphere by asserting that Craig, until last week his Idaho state chairman, is part of Washington corruption that only a true outsider-- specifically, the former governor of Massachusetts-- can cure. Past candidates have succeeded in pointing to corruption in Washington, but always by the opposite party. The Republican Party's next leader faces a more complicated problem.

Novak's column was entitled, Grim Old Party, which, at least to the base, is probably better than what many people have been calling it: the Gay Old Party, thanks in part to the incredible work of progressive blogger Mike Rogers. Longtime readers of DWT know which closeted Republican hypocrites we've been trying to bring to the public's attention. I've spoken with Mike and he has many more-- many, many more-- than I have never mentioned. (DWT can be discrete.) Anyway, if you like what Mike is doing and want to see Bob Novak's party turn a lot grimmer, you can give Mike some help here; he's earned it.


Michelangelo Signorile is wondering if it'll be Miss McConnell, Lindsey Graham, David Dreier... but, of course, those 3 queens are so outed it's hardly fair to even count them. The real action, of course, centers around lil' North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry, whose boyfriend's corpse just turned up in Orlando with the dead bodies of a couple other Republicans, one of whom was the gay ex-chairman of the George Republican Party (as well as Ralph Reed's old squeeze).

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At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glenn Beck did an interesting show on Larry.
He said he wanted him to go because he could be bribed for his vote on anything in the Senate.
Of course he did not mention that he could have been bribed all these years, and now once his "secret" is known, the bribing stops, but Glenn only takes the conversation where he wants it to go.
It would be interesting if these other senators and reps would come out what the reaction of the party would be?
Would they forgive in the name of Jesus or punish them in the name of God???

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous me said...

Conservatives are pure evil, and I hope they all die.

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous james_boston said...

As an amateur student of history, I must disagree. Republican morale must have been even lower after the Depression-era election massacres of 1932 & 1934 (when they basically ceased to exist as a national party for the next 70 years...God Bless FDR, wherever he may be!), and even after the elections of 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1974, 1976, 1986, 1990, 1992...let's not forget that not only couldn't the Republicans win the Presidency to save their lives between 1932 & 1968, but Democrats had such huge majorities in state houses and Congress between 1932 & 1994 (300 seats in the house in the 1930's and close to that throughout the 1940's to 1994 and nearly 70 out of 100 seats in the Senate throughout the 1930's and up to 67 seats as late as 1979), that the Republicans only won when Democrats screwed up big time, and then only the Presidency, never Congress, because the American public simply didn't trust the Republicans after the great Depression for 2 generations. Actually, that distrust lasts to this day...just look at Party registration even during the Republican "revolution" of the 90's...registered Democrats still outnumbered registered Republicans during the Gingrich era by tens of millions of voters.

The Republicans started winning the Presidency regularly only after 1980 and only won both houses of Congress between 1994 and 2006.
So really, this country is simply reverting back to it's pre-1994 roots as a heavily Democratic country hostile to electing Republicans. Thanks Georgie W. Bush for being a sort of FDR and destroying the Republican Party for another 2 generations.

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous 2ajpuu said...

Dear Mr. Boston,

First, can I call you that? I mean it in a good way.
Second, I agree with the main direction of your comment, but a few historical inaccuracies there. Republicans won the House in 46 and 52, had a two-term president through most of the 50's (one whom I greatly respect), and lost the White House by a hair's breadth in 1960, in an election every bit as close as 2000. If you think about it, they will have controlled the White House for 36 of the 56 years between 1952 and 2008, or over 64% of the time.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger keninny said...

Going back to Goofy Glenn Beck, I think that's not only wonderful but just so-o-o Glenn to get the whole blackmail thing exactly backwards. While people are hiding in closets, they're fair game for blackmailers. Once they're out, whether they get the courage to come out on their own or have the deed done for them, there's not much left to hold over their heads.

True, in Larry Craig's case, he left himself a window of vulnerability with his strange "deny everything, blame it all on the media" strategy. At that point, you just need one person with conclusive proof of the senator's sinful preversions and you can fold up that tent.


At 9:09 PM, Anonymous james_boston said...

"If you think about it, they will have controlled the White House for 36 of the 56 years between 1952 and 2008, or over 64% of the time."

Yes, you can call me Mr. Boston if you want but Mr. James is cool too, LOL.

Mr. 2ajpuu, since 1932 (which is in my and most historians' eyes the year of the last actual party re-alignment until 1994 when the Republicans took their short-lived majority) the Democrats controlled the Presidency for 40 years and the Republicans for 36 years. But what's even more important in determining a political party's strength than it's hold on the Presidency, however, is it's hold on Congress and it's hold on state Houses across the country and the Republicans simply can't compete in that regard in the last 76 years. Since 1932, the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for all of 2 years between 1952 & 1954 and one house for 6 years between 1980 and 1986, while having humiliatingly and historically small numbers in Congress for the rest of those 76 years. They got their "re-alignment" in 1994 but again with humiliatingly small majorities which never came close to the ones Democrats enjoyed beforehand. For example, in 1996, the year of Bill Clinton's re-election, Congressional Democrats actually got millions more votes than Congressional Republicans but because of the vagaries of our electoral system, the Republicans kept their majority, however thin it was (that must sound familiar.) I can easily argue as that what we actually got in 1994 couldn't seriously be called a re-alignment...what we got was parity between the parties. Even 9/11 couldn't give them the permanent majority they wanted...a year after the Towers fell, Republicans only got a one seat majority in the Senate (after losing it in 2001), and another thin (for a majority party) hold on the house. Bush barely won re-election just 2 years later while in the middle of a war (!!!), again winning by the smallest margin in history, 2 %, for a winning incumbent during war time. This pales in comparison to the margins war time Democrats like LBJ & FDR enjoyed (and while you're right that cold war President JFK barely won in 1960, the Democrats ran far ahead of him in votes, solidifying their huge majorities once again in 1960 and 1962.)

After a sad, corrupt, and again historically short period of twelve years, the Republicans lost it all in 2006, once again going back to their normal status as a minority party. Of course, all this does beg the question: why in God's name did the fucking Democrats let the Republicans, with their pathetically small majorities, bully them into letting them govern as recklessly as they did between 1994 and 2006? The only answer I can come up with is that today's breed of Democrat simply doesn't have even a small fraction of the guts, of the fire and conviction that FDR, LBJ and JFK did. Something went wrong with the Dems after the election of Carter...it's as if the entire party had their balls removed simultaneously in the 1970's. And I have yet to see any evidence they've grown a set since then...

Oh...all y'all feel free to tell me that I'm one of the most educated 27 yr. olds in modern-day America since most of my peer group seems to sound like Ms. South Carolina talking maps while on acid :)

At 11:30 AM, Anonymous me said...

"just so-o-o Glenn to get the whole blackmail thing exactly backwards"

Sounds like Bill "Mr. Morality" Bennett about the $8,000,000 he lost gambling. When he got found out, he claimed he had won a lot too, but that casinos don't like to publicize it when people win. Is that the dumbest lie you've ever heard?

Maybe, but conservatives have produced a lot of competition in the Fantastic Lie Sweepstakes.


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