Wednesday, March 28, 2007



What do Karl Rove's plans to attack Democratic congressmen have to do with the General Services Administration? The politicization of the Department of Justice is apparently not the only department the GOP has been improperly politicizing. Today Henry Waxman's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform had another GOP hack in front of them as a witness, Lurita Doan, of the General Services Administration. (Doan is on CREW's list of the most corrupt administrators in the Bush Regime.)

Freshman Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) asks the key question: "Can you tell us what, if anything, these slides have to do with the GSA's core purpose of procuring supplies and managing federal buildings?" Doan punted and blustered and pleaded ignorance. Braley asked her another question that should be on the mind of every tax-payer who doesn't like seeing his or her money wasted (stolen) for partisan purposes: "Your comment was 'How can we use different GSA projects, building opening and the like, to further aid other Republicans?' and 'How can we use GSA to help our candidates in the next election?'" It's a 10 minute video that will show you how the GOP has been perverting our government for their own purposes. What is the penalty for opposing the Hatch Act?

Christy at Firedoglake is live-blogging this and it appears that the Republicans on the committee-- especially those kooks Burton and Issa-- have degenerated into the only defense they know: Blame everything on Bill Clinton's penis.


I know it is hard to read the slides in the video. I managed to obtain a pdf file of them so you can examine Rove's strategy at your leisure. The congressmen and women he was urging the GSA bureaucrats to help him target are (in order of vulnerability):
Lampson (TX-22)
Mahoney (FL-16)
McNerney (CA-11)
Space (OH-18)

Let me break here for a moment. Look at the first 4 priorities-- winning back the seats of Republicans who are disgraced felons: racketeer and money-launderer Tom DeLay, child molester Mark Foley, "Mr. Pollution" Dick Pombo, and bribetaker Bob Ney. Something tells me the voters in these four districts have had about enough of Republican hypocrisy. Back to Rove's list of targets:
Hill (IN-09)
Carney (PA-10) (bring back The Choker???)
Murphy (PA-08)
Boyda (KS-02)
Sestak (PA-07)
Ellsworth (IN-08)
Shuler (NC-11)
Rodriguez (TX-23)
Kagen (WI-08)
Marshall (GA-08)
Donnelly (IN-02)
Barrow (GA-12)
Altmire (PA-04)
Hall (NY-19)
Gillibrand (NY-20)
Herseth (SD-AL)

Another slide shows which seats Rove feels the Democrats are most likely to take in 2008 and he was asking the GSA to help him defend those incumbents. Their most vulnerable: Gerlach (PA), Bachmann (the sneaky puker- MN), Hayes (NC), Wilson (NM-- rotflmao), Musgrave (CO), Roskam (IL), Shays (CT), Mean Jean Schmidt (OH), Drake (VA), Cubin* (WY), Doolittle (CA), Porter (NV), Walsh (NY), Pryce** (OH), Kuhl** (NY), Ferguson (NJ), Knollenberg* (MI), Young* (Bridge to Nowhere), Galleghy* (CA), McKeon* (CA), Lewis* (CA), Miller** (CA), Hunter* (CA), Castle* (DE), Young* (FL), Kirk (IL), Hastert* (IL), Lewis (KY), Jindal* (LA), Bartlett* (MD), Ehlers (MI), Walberg (MI), Myrick* (NC), Regula* (OH), Dent (PA) and Davis* (VA). The names with the single asterisk are congressmen Rove believes are sure or likely to not run. The double asterisks are DWT additions to the "may not seek re-election" category.

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At 1:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Perusin' the list of "vulnerable" Republicans, and a couple of those strike me as odd.

Vern Ehlers is the GOP Rep. here in Grand Rapids. I haven't heard about him retirin', and if he runs he WILL win(assumin', as per usual, we get no support from the state or national Democratic Party). With the exception of Dick VanderVeen, who took Jerry Ford's seat for 1 1/2 terms, this district has voted Republican since Ford was first elected in the '40's. So almost any Republican who runs will win.

I think Ehlers' inclusion is a bit of a ruse- GSA contracts would line the pockets of BIG GOP donors in this district.

As for Walberg- he's the ultra-right fundie who, with a lot of help from Club Fer Growth, ousted mod/lib GOP incumbent Rep. Joe Schwarz in the '06 primary. While Walberg might be vulnerable, his district is still pretty firmly Republican.

Just my two cents...

At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Howie,

Was doing some document work today. Saw the Rove pdf and cleaned it up a bit to make it easier to read. Here is the link;



At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent money to Bruce Braley during his campaign although I live far from Iowa. I thought he was an excellent candidate. I'm so proud of him! A good Dem investment--unlike Ken Salazar, Stephanie Herseth, and Melissa Bean. Go Bruce!!

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does "DWT" stand for?

At 10:28 AM, Blogger MrMacMan said...

DWT = Down with tyranny. (the blog you are reading's name).

Fantastic post -- great work. This is amazing.


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