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January 16, 2006

Vote for me -- I stink the least

It has to be satire, right?

One of the three men contending for the high post of majority leader of the United States House of Representatives says: "I believe my record in terms of the level of taint that's there is dramatically different from either of them."

Another, confronted with the fact that "you passed checks from tobacco lobbyists to other congressmen on the House floor while lawmakers were considering ending a tobacco subsidy..." says, "The checks on the floor was a big mistake, and I regret it. But I worked hard to change the rules of the House to prohibit this practice in the future."

The third, confronted with the fact that "In 2002, you tried to insert language into the Homeland Security Act to help Philip Morris tobacco while you were dating that company's lobbyist." says "the fact is that I have set or met the highest standards in the history of the Congress on that wall of separation between people who are in your family and the work they do."

Satire, right?

Wrong. Those are actual, factural quotes from the three Republicans who see themselves as fit to be the new Majority Leader. The three were on Fox News Sunday. Here's the transcript. Read it and weep.

Whichever one the GOP blesses us with will replace Tom DeLay in the majority leader's office. DeLay, as in already under indictment; DeLay, as in under countless investigations; DeLay, as in joined hip-to-hip with briber-in-chief Jack Abramoff, who's singing like a bird and sharing his ever-so-indiscreet emails with federal prosecutors.

This is the best the GOP has to offer?

Posted by jcb at January 16, 2006 09:51 PM


And the Democrats are any different?

John, you have a serious case of tunnel vision. Congress is utterly corrupt and failed, truly a parlement of whores. I will agree that the Republicans deserve to be lashed most at the moment -- but only because they're the party that was supposed to shrink government and all that Contract With America stuff.

A pox on both their houses.

The Progressive Party, or somesuch, had a booth at Bald Eagle Days. I had to hold myself from going over to let them propagandize me. I'm too cynical to believe a third party is the way, but I wish somebody would change my mind.

Posted by: Michael Romkey at January 17, 2006 12:33 PM

Mike, you sound like you're on the mailing list for Karl's talking points, ie., "yell about Democrats being crooks, too."

The question stands. "Is this the best the GOP has to offer?"

Posted by: jcb at January 17, 2006 01:23 PM

Plainly, no.

I'll have to read up on Karl. I didn't realize I was channeling him. Marx?

Posted by: Michael Romkey at January 17, 2006 05:20 PM

Him, too, sounds like: "A pox on both their houses."

Posted by: jcb at January 17, 2006 09:37 PM

Wasn't that Groucho?

Posted by: Michael Romkey at January 18, 2006 06:06 PM