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September 28, 2005

Network of Corruption

Ever wonder why they all seem corrupt?  Has this Republican culture of corruption no end? Chris Bowers clarifies it over at mydd.com today.  He starts off talking about Roy Blunt, who emerged as temporary House majority leader today after Tom Delay was indicted on charges of criminal conspiracy in Texas.  The trouble is, Blunt is not much better than Delay.  The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a list of 13 members of Congress, other than Delay, who were also knee deep in corruption, 11 Republicans and 2 Democrats.  Blunt was high on that list. 

Then Bowers addresses the underlying problem:

The major problem facing Republicans and conservatives right now is that they have built a powerful movement largely through superior infrastructure and extensive coordination. However, extensive coordination has also resulted in a select handful of individuals, most notably Dick Cheney, Tom DeLay, Grover Norquist and Karl Rove, serving as the ultimate coordinators and gatekeepers of this movement. As a result, there is almost no one in the conservative movement who DeLay is not already tied into. Thus, even as DeLay steps aside, he long reach has already tainted nearly everyone in the Republican leadership and the conservative movement.

With leaders like Cheney, Frist, Rove and DeLay, there is no escape from the Culture of Corruption for Republicans save total defeat and reorganization. The gatekeepers are all knee-deep in it, and everyone else is knee deep in the gatekeepers. Because of their unprecedented power, it has become impossible for any Republican who ever wants to go anywhere to attack these leaders. Because of their unprecedented power, it has become impossible for almost any Republican in office to extricate themselves from the ethical problems of this select group. The gatekeepers are corrupt, and no one passes through untainted.

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 28, 2005 at 09:59 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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Posted by: Parris | Oct 1, 2005 9:18:07 PM

Thanks Parris. Wonderful article. Well worth the read.

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 3, 2005 1:51:58 PM

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