Skip to comments.Spying as usual? Politics as usual? [Barfer]
Posted on 01/09/2006 7:58:03 AM PST by ncountylee
Giving credit where due, let's stipulate that the Republican spin machine of the last two decades has been the country's most effective propagandist, hands down.
It turned rich people's inheritance taxes into death taxes. It turned Saddam Hussein into Osama bin Laden. It turned the failed Whitewater Development Corp. of rural north-central Arkansas into Oval Office sex. (Well, yes, Bill and Monica helped with that.) It turned John Kerry's legitimately heroic war exploits into grandstanding fraud.
Now the GOP propagandists are challenged anew. With midterm elections looming, they need to turn the Bush administration's illegal warrantless electronic eavesdropping on American citizens into spying as usual. And they need to turn the revolving door between House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and guilty-pleading Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff into politics as usual.
They're having undeserved success on the presidential spying. But the Abramoff scandal evades as yet even them.
By now you've heard it said a thousand times, earnestly, vigorously, matter-of-factly - Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton signed executive orders to eavesdrop without warrants, too.
(Excerpt) Read more at arkansasnews.com ...
Whenever I'm in Arkansas, I pick up the Little Rock paper for a good laugh.
"It turned John Kerry's legitimately heroic war exploits into grandstanding fraud."
No point in continuing...
It is true that Washington is generally corrupt on a bipartisan basis, owing to the incestuous relationships of politicians and lobbyists and the influence of money. But Abramoff's brazen extravagance represents exponential filth that sullies Republicans almost exclusively, because
they were his pals and they were in control and nearly all his money went to themDemocrats are in bed with "objective" journalism. It's the Democrats' very own brand of Teflon.
He might mean in Paris and at the peace demonstrations.
It has been strongly suggested that Kerry volunteered, not for the active Navy but for the Naval Reserve. Perfectly honorable, just as the Air National Guard was - but hardly stuff of heroic legend. Why can that be credibly alleged? Simply because we do not have access to any official record to the contrary. In response to questions, former TANG Lieutenant George W. Bush signed a Form 180 authorizing the public release of all of his military records.
Having made military service ("Lieutenant Kerry reporting for duty") at the DNC convention, Senator Kerry refused to sign a Form 180 at all until long after the '04 election - and stipulated that only some of it be released, and released only to a friendly news organization.
No MSM bias here!!