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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Pages and Pages of GOP Hypocrisy

Last week, Paul Begala writing on Washington Monthly's new blog, SHOWDOWN 'O6, pointed out the main repercussion of the Mark Foley (R-lol;) scandal is that it shatterded the myth of GOP moral superiority:
I’ve long believed each party has its wrongheaded conceit. Many Democrats have a need to feel intellectually superior, while many Republicans have a need to feel morally superior. Both aggravate the hell out of me (a not-so-bright sinner); neither is remotely true.

But let us now say that as of the Third Day of the Tenth Month in the Year of Our Lord 2006, the Conservative Myth of Moral Superiority has been crushed.

ABC News reports that as long as five years ago, key Republican staffers knew that Foley was a potential danger to children, so they warned pages to stay away from him. And as we’ve all learned in the past few days, House GOP leaders from Dennis Hastert (R-Fat Hypocrite) on down knew something about Foley’s inappropriate behavior and did nothing.

GOP Congressional Campaign Chair Tom Reynolds (R-Soon-to-be-Minority) learned that Foley had been sending inappropriate emails to an underage boy who had been a page in the spring of this year. He did not call the cops. Did not call the FBI. Did not even call the toothless hounds at the House Ethics Committee. But he did take $100,000 from Foley for the NRCC, a contribution the New York Daily News called “unusually large.” Think about that. Reynolds knew Foley was having some sort of inappropriate contact with a child, but he took $100,000 from him. And his spokesliar says he’d be willing to take the rest of Foley’s remaining $2.7 million war chest. Reynolds’ flak didn’t say the money ought to go for counseling and compensation for the children and families this animal harmed. He said Reynolds would like to get his greedy, slimy political mitts on it.

Why? Power, baby. As Henry Kissinger (R-War Criminal) once said, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” Like his colleagues in the GOP elite, Reynolds is so enamored with power, so seduced by the money that buys power, so enthralled with the Republicans’ one-party rule that he turned a blind eye to a red flag every dad in America would have noticed.

Back when I was in high school, a very popular teacher and head of the athletic program alledgedly propositioned a student during an away weekend game. The parents complained and he was gone by Monday morning, never to seen again. Boy, the school buzzed with gossip that week.

This was back in the feel good 70's. I can only imagine if Hastert was our principal and what would have happened if he let the teacher stay on.

The mob of parents would have gotten together to macrame a noose and strung 'em both up.

Begala goes on to say:
The Capitol needs a change. Hell, it needs to be fumigated. And as the stench and filth of GOP sleaze slowly oozes away, let us never forget that these slimeballs, these dirtbags, these moral midgets think they’re better than you and me.

Before you say A pox on both houses, think about this: the party of morals just doesn't seem to have any -- Meanwhile the party of intellectuals actually has a few.

Like most people, I find people who act like they are smarter than me annoying, but then again, they may be right. Yet when self-righteous pricks (and prickettes)lecture me it is beyond infuriating. Especially when these fanatical pharisees are mocking the splinters in my eyes while they are blinded because of all the timber in their own.

These GOP moralists a just a bunch of jackanpes. Glen Greenwald pointed this out in how Hastert ran for cover and absolution to the puss bag of morals, Rush Limbaugh :
If the term "moral degenerate" has any validity and can be fairly applied to anyone, there are few people who merit that term more than Rush Limbaugh. He is the living and breathing embodiment of moral degeneracy, with his countless overlapping sexual affairs, his series of shattered, dissolved marriages, his hedonistic and illegal drug abuse, his jaunts, with fistfulls of Viagra (but no wife), to an impoverished Latin American island renowned for its easy access to underage female prostitutes.

For the last week I have been studying this train wreck and haunting the right-wing blogs; wading through the muck their commenters left behind. Deflection, delusion and generally denigrating the Democratic Party was the standard fare (like always) but I was struck by their fervent faith that it did not matter as the biggest threat in the world (and of all time) was terrorists were coming to convert them to Islam and only the Godly GOP could save them.

The egotism of their world view is compounded by their tunnel vision and, maybe outstripped by their panic.

(all emphasis added)