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March 13, 2007

We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

It seems we're watching the Republicans disintegrate right in front of us.  Each week brings new revelations.  We hear about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, including John McKay of Seattle, for daring to either investigate Republicans or fail to investigate Democrats, whichever the politicians in that state were most interested in.  We hear that Dick Cheney was directly responsible for the outing of Valerie Plame and undermining Ambassador Joe Wilson when he dared to speak the truth about the administration's lies about taking us into Iraq.  We hear about the deplorable conditions at Walter Reed Hospital and the low functioning of the Veteran's Administration.  We hear about the massive abuses of the Patriot Act, of agents improperly obtaining confidential records of people in the United States

It's one Katrina after another.  It's one case of failing to plan for the future after another, one banana republic sweet government deal for the companies willing to give out huge campaign contributions after the other.  It's corruption and cover-ups and it is not going to stop anytime soon. 

Interestingly enough, the public seems to get most of it, maybe because the scandals are coming so fast that the Republican spin machine can't spin fast enough.  Maybe because the traditional media is reporting better.  Maybe because its just too obvious.

CNN had poll numbers over the weekend showing that 69% oppose pardoning Libby and only 18% approve.  That's astounding, especially given that the spin was pretty heavy on this one.  In the same poll, 52% said they thought that Vice President Cheney was "part of the cover-up" to keep Fitzgerald from learning who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame.  Only 29% said no.   

There was a reason the Republicans feared the November election results.  In addition to losing control of the agenda, the Administration is beginning to be investigated and it is likely that far worse corruption will be uncovered.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 13, 2007 at 07:25 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink

Comments

For the last 5 years or so, I was afraid that the sheer number of administration dirty tricks and illegalities was anesthesizing the average Joe to each new revelation. Maybe we've reached the tipping point, and the volume of evil doings is finally starting to work against them.

Posted by: op99 | Mar 13, 2007 7:46:55 PM

If the last couple of months have been an indication, you're right, Lynn. There will probably be so many revelations of corruption and incompetence that even those of us who have tried to keep track of these things won't be able to. I think folks are finally getting the point that these people aren't the ones they want in office, and that they're not even the lesser of two evils.

The only thing the Republicans have going for them is that it's a long time until November, 2008. Whether it will be enough time remains to be seen.

Posted by: Cujo359 | Mar 13, 2007 8:51:45 PM

I think the volume of what we are learning is a tipping point of some kind. And I do believe it will work against the Republicans and won't stop.

I remember in early 06, the Democratic leaders kept saying, "If the election were held today, we'd win." I kept thinking, "It will only get worse for the Republicans." And that is what happened last year. So, November 2008 is a long time away but I think again that it will only get worse for the Republicans. I can't see how it could get better.

Especially since the Democrats are doing quite a bit to uncover the depth of self-serving corruption and ineptitude we are seeing. Hell, we'll never know all of it but what we are seeing will be enough. Finally. After years of thinking, "Abu Ghraib will do it." "The war failures will do it." And on. Finally, it is just too much to ignore.

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 13, 2007 10:29:22 PM

One thing that can help Bush and the Republicans immensly is the capture or conclusive proof of the death of Osama bin Laden. Besides that, Iraq is going to be the main focus of the election.. Washington State Republicans are not going to have a great time campaigning in 2008, and Dino Rossi and Building Industry Association of Washington are going to get some heat for some of their antics.

Posted by: Ted | Mar 14, 2007 3:40:03 PM

And that is all before all this information coming out on their attempts to get the White House to fire John McKay. I don't think that is going to sit well with Washington State independents or even other moderate Republicans.

Go, shoephone.

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 14, 2007 5:24:16 PM

I just hope to god the Dems on the judiciary committee realize that this means they don't have any pressure whatsoever to let ideologically unacceptable judicial nominees out of committee for the rest of Bush's term, especially if a supreme court spot opens up.

Posted by: op99 | Mar 14, 2007 6:05:59 PM

Amen. That's the #1 reason we fought so hard to make this happen.

Posted by: Lynn | Mar 14, 2007 7:51:55 PM

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