Coming off the heels of eight years of raping the nation’s treasury, conflicts of interest and cronyism that would make even the most corrupt people shudder in jealousy and outright lying and covering up for more lies, crimes and cronyism – one would think that the republican party blowhards should probably just keep their mouths shut – especially in light of the overwhelming ass kicking that Obama and the Democrats just gave them, the absolute rejection of their lies and corruption and philosophy and the favorability ratings of Obama and his picks so far (not to mention the complete cowardice and absence of Bush and republican leaders in Congress for the huge problems created on their watch).
Well, it took less than no time to find out that the spirit of bipartisanship according to republicans only extends to the Democrats bending over (take that term however you want) to accommodate their demands and whining.
My buddy droogie said the other day – "Daily Kos has a fever" – wondering what the focus will be on as the community finds a new voice in light of Democratic control in Congress and the White House. And I think there is an easy answer here – as evidenced by the few examples I will note below. Not only do we have the responsibility to move our elected officials more towards the progressive policies this country needs and voted for (not the "center right" crap being pushed), but also to shut the whiny assclowns on the right up and put them in their place.
And not only do they whine, but as I say in my title, their arguments just flat out suck-diddly-uck.
We can start with the "very serious questions" surrounding Eric Holder that are raised by Arlen Specter, Karl Rove and whatever other republican simpleton who is pre-programmed to yell "but but but BILL CLINTON!!" while ignoring, well, everything else. Forget that Holder helped bring down powerful Democrat Rostenkowski. It is the republican playbook special "latch onto something that can be blown out of proportion and run with it".
Well, for anyone that questions Holder (or anyone on the receiving end of questions about Holder) – there are three words. Alberto. Gonzales. Torture.
There is also the one regret that Bush has - the "intelligence about Iraq was flawed". Well, why doesn’t anyone point out the little fact that the "flawed" intelligence was made up by his own people in order to hoodwink the world into what has become a war crime-filled disaster and epic fail of the highest order? There is no argument that "the intelligence was flawed" unless we are talking about Bush’s own intelligence.
But wait, there is more. Much more, actually.
Back to Bill Clinton and how the donations and his financial ties "cause concern" about the countries that Hillary may have to deal with as Secretary of State. Have we not forgotten that the Vice President made millions from his current financial ties to Halliburton while it was getting billions in no-bid contracts? Or how the most of the Bush family (and then some) has financial interests in Carlyle with how many other other conflicts of interest? Sorry – if nobody raised an eyebrow about this (or Cheney’s secret energy commission or Condi Rice’s Chevron tanker named after her while she was on the board of a company who had kickbacks to Saddam problems while she was overseeing their foreign relations, then please, kindly STFU.
Or the three stooges (McCain, Lieberman and Graham) giving advice on Iraq. Three people who were wrong (and no, the surge did NOT work – especially the way it was intended to) every step of the way. Three people who were in the forefront of policies that were soundly rejected by the American people (not to mention the Iraqis). Sorry – but why should discredited losers start offering up their views as anything that should be taken seriously? And why should anyone listen to or give a forum to these points and arguments? Might as well have Kristol, Perle and Cheney tell Obama what they need to do about Iraq.
But the funniest is the so-called "pontificating" by the rightist dimwits about what the Blagojevich scandal means in terms of hurting Obama. Have we not paid any attention to the fact that Obama and Blagojevich don’t really like each other or that Obama distanced himself a long time ago or that there is no actual link of anything other than being from the same state between the two? Have we not forgotten all of the directly linked corruption scandals and conflicts of interest between state republican party officials and the national party (like Katherine Harris or Ken Blackwell or the NH phone jamming or the US Attorney firings or the myriad of other links between republican felon Jack Abramoff and scores of members of the Party? Or the number of republican Congressmen who are under indictment, investigation or are linked to crime, corruption or "pay to play" ?
Sorry – you don’t get to feign outrage. The credibility is long gone. The reasons that are being conjured up are flat out invalid and irrelevant. Bottom line – the republicans lost in every way on every level. The policies failed. The excuses failed. The corruption failed. The philosophy failed. On an epic level.
The least that can be done is to either suck it up or at a minimum, not be so hypocritical and patently ridiculous. And since that is not going to happen, I guess that answers one of the points raised in droogie’s diary. Push back (or initially) harder and stronger against the concern trolls that have crawled out from under the rocks that they were put under. Shame, mockery and dismissal.
If any want to help move the country forward again, great. If not, then sorry – the nonsensical bullshit arguments will have to be smacked down.
Because the only thing worse than an inaccurate argument is an inaccurate argument that is ridiculous and hypocritical.