Friday, May 13, 2005

Smears galore

Apparently Tom DeLay and Bill Frist mean business. In the last 24 hours, they have fired back in a major way at Democrats, and in Frist's case, at members of his own Senate caucus.

First, DeLay. A man who is under a huge cloud, whose friends and former employees are under state and federal investigation, is himself under ethics investigation, was quoted thusly: "No ideas. No leadership. No agenda. And, just in the last week, we can now add to that list, no class," DeLay said in a reference to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's remark to school children that President Bush was "a loser.""

First of all, I wasn't aware that Reid made that remark to schoolchildren, and no previous article I read made any mention of that whatsoever. Secondly, this is coming from the mouth of a man whose idea of leadership is to allow no debate, shove through whatever legislation he wants, use federal terrorism assets to track down Texas state legislators, and wrap himself in the cloak of the entire conservative movement when under attack. Sorry, Tom, no man is bigger than the movement, and you've had so many ethics violations that I've lost count. You attack everyone else for their lack of ethics, but refuse to acknowledge your own. Oh, hypocrite, won't you cry for me some more?

Now, Frist. The man is so desperate to win what appears now to be a losing battle that he approved ads to run against members of his own party to try and get them to vote for the nuclear option. Of course, senators are smarter and more plugged in than most of their constitutents, and take this sort of thing personally. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, for instance, are pissed off about it and Frist has likely lost their votes. What kind of jackass approves ads against their own people and expects increased loyalty? Oh, yeah, the same jackass who approved an ad saying Max Cleland was on the side on Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Cleland didn't deserve that crap. He lost three limbs in Vietnam and orignally proposed the Homeland Security Dept., and then when he voted against Bush's provision that those people receive no civil service protections, he got called a terrorist, basically.

Oh, how I hope Frist loses this one.


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