Tuesday, August 07, 2007



We knew. You didn't?

Remember that wingnut windbag-- not Inhofe the other lunatic senator from Oklahoma... ah, yes, Coburn, what a kook!-- saying he absolutely, guaranteed he would not run again if ethics reform passed? I'm not sure if that was the incentive or not, but the bill passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, Coburn joined by only 13 diehard ethics haters to oppose it. Anyway, this weekend Coburn was backing off his promise to not seek re-election. Gosh, what a surprise!

Of course, some people say the law is so weak and filled with loopholes that Coburn and the 13 other the corrupt, ultra-reactionary, Republican senators who voted against it don't have much to fear. On CNN this morning when I woke up, around 4am, they were babbling about how it's just as corrupt under the Democrats as it is under the Republicans. I think they're missing something-- the systemic nature of the way DeLay and Frist had organized the nature of corruption, but CNN couldn't see passed the earmarks.

I had a hard time seeing past Senator Hillary's pro-lobbyist comments at YKos-- defended again tonight, somewhat more obliquely-- at the AFL-CIO debate. The lobbyists certainly ate her comments up-- even if she was totally disingenuous... or maybe because she was.
Brian Pallasch, who heads the American League of Lobbyists, said he was so thrilled with Clinton's unexpected defense of the profession, he sent news accounts of her remarks to his group's board.

"It's true!" Pallasch said of Clinton's "real Americans" rejoinder. "She's absolutely dead on."

Pallasch said the lobbying profession has taken it on the chin in the days since the Jack Abramoff scandal sunk into the public consciousness. When Obama and Edwards announced they would avoid money from Washington lobbyists (though at times accept the money from the special interests those lobbyists represent), Pallasch said his inclination was to stay out of it. "Our folks just decided to lay low."

Here, watch what we're going to be buying into:

Gag me; I don't need a spoon. I just can't see voting for her. "Nurses," "regular people," "real Americans"... She has as much contempt for the American voter as Bush does."Regular real Americans" don't hire lobbyists to bribe legislators; billionaires and huge corporations do. Not only should any politician who takes these bribes not be voted for; they should be thrown in prison. I'd start with the entire Republican Party and then move to both senators from New York, Rahm Emanuel, Steny Hoyer, and a good hefty chunk of Inside the Beltway Democrats. Would that cure the ills that ail this country fast!

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At 7:36 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Can you add Joe "Credit Card" Biden to the list? What kind of fuc-ing tool blows off a widow? And he has the stones to suggest that Edwards is only walking the picket line because he wants to be President? I haven't seen the Senator from MBNA help out the working man one bit.

At 8:12 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

You said it. Biden makes my skin crawl. He's like a horrid caricature of the worst kind of political hack you never want to see. Every time he opens his mouth, he just brays. He isn't running for president though. He wants to be Hillary's Secretary of State-- which is why he bashed Edwards for her today. He'll be as bad as anything Bush came up with.

At 7:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fortune says "Who knew?". Well hell, WE knew!

At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Clintons always were good sucking up to business.

I just wonder where she's going to find a mentally retarded guy to execute to prove she's not too liberal.

And Biden's always been a useful tool.

Ah well, I can always find a state race to get into and vote for a Green for the White House. I'll just try to convince my young family members to avoid military service like the plague as long as oil hawks keep winning from both parties.


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