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November 5, 2008

THE INEVITABLE GOP FACTIONAL WARFARE.... Jonathan Martin reports that a group of far-right heavy-hitters, including Grover Norquist and Tony Perkins, will meet tomorrow at Brent Bozell's weekend home to plot strategy. It's a safe bet that encouraging the Republican Party to moderate its image and embrace a more mainstream agenda will not be on the to-do list.

What bears watching, though, is how the party responds to the demands. In reality, Republicans ended up in this mess by following the dictates of the right-wing base. But to hear the party's activists tell it, Republicans ended up in this mess by not following the dictates of the right-wing base enough.

Some party leaders seem to be getting antsy.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) argued that Senate Republicans need to "re-establish what the Republican Party is all about … [and] get back to this big tent Republican Party" that is united on fiscal conservatism. Although Ensign was not ready to call for a break from socially conservative ideologies, he said issues such as abortion or gay rights should not be at the core of the party.

"I think we lost our way on our fundamentals" in recent years, Ensign said, adding that "those are the issue that we can disagree on as a party."

It's the kind of quote that will make far-right activists apoplectic.

Chances are, the next big fight will be over the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. Rumor has it that South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson not only wants the job, but is considered a leading contender.

Dawson, of course, recently insisted that "moderating our party is what caused us to lose power" in 2006, and he intends to resist any attempts to make the party more mainstream.

Kevin recently predicted that the Republican Party is "going to be riven by factional warfare for years, with moderates unable to get a purchase on the party apparatus because of the McCain albatross hanging around their necks."

It's poised to begin.

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The Republican party has for years been only been interested in winning and keeping power, not about governing for the good of the people. That's why all they want to talk about is abortion and gay rights, the wedge issues that get their base all hot and sweaty but does nothing for the country as a whole.

That's also why they see nothing wrong with voter suppression and dirty tricks in an election. For them, winning is everything even if they have to sell their souls to do it.

They are unrepentant scum, and if Ensign and others like him had any sense at all they would become registered Independents if not flat out Democrats because they have no chance of making any changes in the Republican party any time soon.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on November 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

I would not wish for any physical harm to come to them, but is there any chance for a cone of -- what to call it? -- let's call it "compassionate sanity" to drop over those gathered chez Bozell?

And just out of curiosity, around whose neck will the Palin albatross be hung?

Posted by: Phil Sheehan on November 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK

Nothing would please me more than a GOP implosion brought on my the politics of Karl Rove and the party's desire to pay lip service to an unhinged fringe base.

Wouldn't it be great in 20 years if the modern Democratic party was the most conservative party in this country, and we had a viable, more progressive alternative?

Posted by: doubtful on November 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

Shouldn't Grover Norquist be getting about the business of becoming more docile and stopping all that peeing on the furniture?

Posted by: Z. Mulls on November 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

he said issues such as abortion or gay rights should not be at the core of the party.

"I think we lost our way on our fundamentals" in recent years, Ensign said, adding that "those are the issue that we can disagree on as a party."

Ensign apparently hasn't been paying attention to his party. Those are the issues that the Democratic Party can disagree on as a party - the Republican Party, not so much.

Ensign's problem is that if the Republicans drop the "wedge issues" and focus on "fiscal conservatism" they're going to run into the Democratic Party - which has repositioned itself as the fiscally responsible party over the last 16 years (8 years of Clinton's decent stewardship followed by 8 years of Republican economic awfulness = 16 years of Democrats being the fiscally responsible party in DC). "Fiscal conservatism" as a term is now a joke, but fiscal responsibility is what people are wanting from their politicians right now.

So if Ensign wants a party where social issues can be disagreed on and the most important thing is fiscal responsibility, he can look at the Dems - his base isn't going to let that happen to the GOP any time soon.

Posted by: NonyNony on November 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

"In reality, Republicans ended up in this mess by following the dictates of the right-wing base."

Can you point to any examples that would support your assertion because I can't think of any. As I have said on countless occasions, apart from judges and the conduct of the War on Terror, George Bush has governed far more as a big government left wing liberal, outdoing "Mr. Triangulation" Clinton, instead of a right wing conservative.

Posted by: Chicounsel on November 5, 2008 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

Obama needs to move immediately to assess the health care issue, and quickly implement the one thing that conservatives fear most*. Universal health care for all Americans. Once that benefit has been established, the "conservative movement" can be stuffed and mounted in the museum, because the majority of American people will never vote for the creeps who opposed such a benefit.

* http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/13790.html

Posted by: Racer X on November 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Anybody know who's on the invitation list? That should give us a good idea of where they're going to take the party.

Posted by: Michigoose on November 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

If you were to split the country right down the middle, 50/50, most Americans would be to the right of that.

Posted by: Brian Williams on November 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Grover Norquist and Tony Perkins, will meet tomorrow at Brent Bozell's weekend home


The parasite class really doesn't get it, does it?

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on November 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

This schism between the two wings of the Republican Party -- those who represent the rapacious class warfare of the ultra-rich corporate aristocracy against everyone else on the one hand, and the lunatic fringe so-called "social conservative" know-nothing dittoheads on the other -- was "poised to begin" in the late 1990s.

However, Karl Rove and George W. Bush successfully reunited those two wings of the party and preserved that coalition at least up through 2004.

By the 2008 election cycle, the coalition was clearly fracturing as a result of its own inherent contradictions: the Fat Cat wing of the GOP has absolutely no real interest in or concern about the "social issues" of the Dittoheads, and cynically panders to them only to benefit from their grassroots activism and votes on election day; on the other hand, the corporatist "concentrate the wealth" agenda of the Fat Cats is inimical to the economic, pocketbook interests of the Dittoheads. And plenty of the Dittoheads are not so stupid that they fail to realize this.

Whether there is anyone in today's Republican Party who has the political talent to again reunite the Fat Cats and the Dittoheads, as Bush and Rove did, remains to be seen. I tend to think it is unlikely.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Yep. You should what Hot Air buffoons like Ed Morrissey think was the cause of the Republican downfall:

The GOP demoralized their base by acting like Democrats for too many years, ...
Yes, if there is one thing the GOP was doing these last few years, it was acting like Democrats. Good grief.

Posted by: anderson on November 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

The GOP symbol should no longer be an elephant, but an armadillo retreating into its shell. Especially if the South Carolina chair gets control and further regionalizes the national party.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...the Dixiepublicans!

Posted by: Vincent on November 5, 2008 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

But, is there such a thing as a "moderate" Republican anymore? If there are such people, who are they, and what is their message going to be..."kinda like real Republicans, but not quite as nutty"?

I think there's little room between the space Obama has carved out and the nutballs, without resorting to exactly the demonization and hate that has, at least for now, proved to be counter-productive. Taxes? Good luck. Immigration? Won't work. Terrorism? No advantage. Personality? No way.

I just don't see how the Republicans can get out of the corner they have happily painted themselves into. And I say the hell with 'em. One of my favorite election-night moments was switching to Fox and seeing all the gloom and despair. Let them marinate in their own miserable, fetid juices.

Posted by: jrw on November 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

"George Bush has governed far more as a big government left wing liberal"

No, Bush has governed as a less restrained Ronald Reagan. Trickle-down economics, belligerent war mongering, and appointing incompetent cronies to important federal jobs is 100% Ronald Reagan.

The only difference is that Reagan had enough of a glimmer of intelligence that he didn't take it to its logical conclusion. He knew how to back down every now and then. So, for example, he withdrew from Beirut after the marine barracks bombing. And he started talks with Gorbachev over the objections of many republicans.

Bush, on the other hand, has never held back with his bellicose saber rattling, and succeeded in pushing trickle-down economics much further than Reagan even intended, let alone was able to. That's the only difference between Bush Jr. and Reagan: a matter of degree.

Posted by: Shade Tail on November 5, 2008 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

That's right, Chicounsel, conservativism never fails, it is only failed.

And George Bush is a liberal.


Posted by: Piper on November 5, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

It's a safe bet that encouraging the Republican Party to moderate its image and embrace a more mainstream agenda will not be on the to-do list.
—Steve Benen

You can only hope. The farther they push things to the right, the more marginalized they are sure to become. Provided Obama is moderately successful over the next two years, and all failures can be pinned on Rethugs and circumstances beyond our control (Iraq and Afghanistan spinning further out of control).

Posted by: Jeff II on November 5, 2008 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK


Ah, the inevitable 'Bush is a liberal' bullshit. No sale. He's yours, you can't push him off on us. Uncontrolled spending and wealthcare is the hallmark of your party since Reagan.

We're the responsible ones who keep having to clean up your messes. So can the 'Bush is liberal' nonsense because no one here is buying it.

You want an example of how running to the far social right has hurt the GOP? Sarah. Palin. Game. Set. Match. Bigger drag on McCain than Bush.

But you go ahead and keep calling Bush a liberal and running further to the right. That'll work just fine for me as your dear leaders retreat year after year to circle jerk in remote cabins wonder why their party is sinking further into legislative obsolescence.

Your time is over.

Posted by: doubtful on November 5, 2008 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

The big issue for Republicans is that they cannot give a plausible answer to the "Why should I vote Republican" question anymore.

Lowering taxes no longer works for them as an issue because the American people have finally realized that you cannot lower taxes forever and still have a functioning government.

Reducing spending no longer works for them because people actually like a huge number of government programs and do not want to see them cut, as well as the fact that they've lost credibility on the issue since spending rose quite a bit during the Bush 43 administration.

Being stronger on foreign policy no longer works for them because of how they've bungled the last eight years.

Deregulation no longer works for them because of all the corporate scandals.

So that's four defining Republican issues that they can no longer run on.

What does that leave them....not much. Pretty all that's left is social issues and immigration, and not too many people outside of the evangelical Christian right-wing base care too much about those anymore.

The only good thing the Republicans have going for them is that they are now completely in opposition, which will to some extent help the party coalesce in an effort to fight the Democratic agenda.

But until the religious right starts to show interest in wooing back less religious moderate Republicans, they will be doomed to the minority for quite a while, especially given that demographics are working against them by virtue of young people and immigrants becoming increasingly Democratic.

Posted by: mfw13 on November 5, 2008 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

2 words:

Newt Gingrich.
1994 he got Congress back. He can claim the leadership mantle to repeat the performance.

He MIGHT pull it off too if Obama doesn't perform or America's short term memory rears its ugly head again and we forget what fascist bastards they can become if given free rein.

It was Gingrich that mollified the religious whack jobs to accept moderates like Shays, Specter, Weld, Whitman, Giuliani (at the time), Collins, Chaffee, etc.

Move the Supreme Court over a few judges, the religious right will roll over again.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on November 5, 2008 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Here's hoping that Sarah Palin becomes the public voice and public face for the Republican Party. She will attract enough social concervatives and ideologues to make them feel like they're important but will turn off most Americans thus ensuring more progressive political victories. Maybe in another 20 years they will be known, along with the Whig Party and the Know-Nothings, as a historical (hysterical?) political movement that had its day but faded away.

Posted by: tomb on November 5, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Dirty laundry...

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast" and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
Posted by: koreyel on November 5, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

mfw13 said just above: "The big issue for Republicans is that they cannot give a plausible answer to the "Why should I vote Republican" question anymore."

i don't know whether it was an online time magazine article i saw this morning but i saw a quote about why the mccain campaign went in the astonishingly nasty direction it did -- the campaign team could not among them come up with one reason why people should vote for mccain. all they could do was try to get people to vote against obama.

i hope katon dawson becomes the head of the RNC. we're going to need some amusement.

and have i thanked my fellow citizens enough? i don't think so. thank you, america!

Posted by: karen marie on November 5, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

Is Norquist plotting for yet more bigger government?

Posted by: Jet on November 5, 2008 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Pleaes oh please let this be true.

I hope Norquist, Bozell, Perkins and Limbaugh retain the keys to the car.

Let them continue driving off the side of the cliff. Only then will some reasoned sanity return to the party.

The rationalizations that will come of it will be simply precious nuggets of entertainment.

Posted by: Simp on November 5, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

This is wrong:

"In reality, Republicans ended up in this mess by following the dictates of the right-wing base."

No. They ended up in this mess by legitimizing, capitalizing on and exploiting evangelical and fundamentalist bigotry and hostility. The didn't simply get pushed around by the evangelical right, they created it, fed it, trained it to kill, used it to kill, and are now being ripped to shreds by their own creation.

Fuck all of them. I hope they never figure out how to put the genie back in the bible.

Mary Shelley would be proud.

Posted by: The Phantom on November 5, 2008 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Prediction: The former College Republican movement conservative types like Norquist will continue to drag what remains of the GOP so far to the right that moderate conservatives will leave in droves and become Democrats. At some point the party will simply collapse into irrelevance and go the way of the Whigs. The Democratic Party will then fracture and split into liberal and moderate conservative factions, with the latter group finally leaving and establishing a new party, appropriating the name of the by-now defunct Republican Party.

It's called the Groundhog Day theory of American political science.

Posted by: Django on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

The treason party overreached and tried to ram their radical ideological agenda on people who never wanted it to begin with. Bush took office under a cloud and proceeded to rampage as if he had a mandate, including his Congress throwing partisan fits, trying to defund the government and bring it to a halt, trying even to abolish the filibuster.

As each of their policies failed, they clung more tightly to the discredited theory behind such policies and crowed louder that the policies were successful. Now they discover a vital need to "return to principles," the principles they abandoned long ago. But the Democrats-- Ahh! The Democrats have no mandate. They have no right to have their solutions adopted unless they move to the center because this is a center-right country, blah-blah.

This is NOT a center-right country. It is center-left, pretty much because they dragged the nation so far right that the left is now what used to be the middle-- a middle that approved of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and tolerates taxes as necessary to promote the common welfare, a middle where torture, vigilantes, hate-mongering, divisiveness, and social issue hardliners had no place.

Despite all the talking head blather about how Obama will or should or must move to the center, he already IS in the center. They have called him a dangerous leftist for so long they believe their own propaganda.

What Obama needs to do is stop the pillaging and return science, sanity, competence, and VISION to the country. Which is how he ran his campaign, leaving Grampy and Vampy in the dust. After all the false cries of "Wolf," there remain actual predators out there. The way to address them is not to pander to Republican sideshows and pantomimes of patriotism but to respond to the real world.

Which is, I predict, exactly what this community organizer is going to do. And THEN, in two years, instead of losing seats, the incumbent party will gain them as the obstructionists face more rejection across the nation and their party of aging Bible-thumping racists will shrink still further.

The cretins who ran this country into the ground and left it in a shambles in the same way that their tired old flag-bearer left his discredited party have not yet internalized the truth that what was rejected utterly was not just Bush/Cheney and the politics of division and fear, but the hardliners responsible and all they stand for.

And that is NOT a mandate for appeasement but a cri de coeur to clean up the mess and do what needs to be done. Obama's brilliance was to find out where everyone thought we should be going, then run out and front, yell, "Follow me," and gallop off in the right direction.

Leading people does not necessarily mean pushing them backwards; it can be fully effective by simply conducting us to our chosen destiny by means of comity and competence that the people both approve and admire. It involves knowing what needs to be done and how to fix it. Obama not only wants to do that, he knows something different-- how to get things done.

And he knows that "reaching across the aisle" is different from capitulation. The Harold Fords and dusty concern trolls still peddling their discredited "move to the middle crap" should not only be ignored, but driven from public discourse so we can start, as a nation, talking about stuff that actually matters.

Posted by: Tomm on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

"The Republican party has for years been only been interested in winning and keeping power, not about governing for the good of the people."

Curmudgeon - I could not have said it better.

Posted by: Mathew on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Well, to partially answer my own question, CNN's Political Ticker is reporting that Palin is on the invite list and McCain isn't. I would say that that indicates that they want to stay firmly in the social conservative arena, which will consign them to the political hinterlands for a while.

Posted by: Michigoose on November 5, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

When the Mayberry Machiavelli's meet the Wasilla Hillbillies, Oliver Wendell Douglas will be on the Supreme Court and Arnold Ziffel will be wearing lipstick. (/soothsayer)

Posted by: skrunch95 on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

What can Grover possibly add, now that "lower taxes than ever!" is a looser?

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on November 5, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

The albatross isn't McCain's, it belong squarely to the GOP as a whole. If McCain had run the same campaign which he ran in 2000, things may well have turned out differently from the way in which they did. Instead, McCain modeled his campaign almost perfectly on the Bush-Cheney-Rove model which got the country into its current military + economic mess.

McCain may be a convenient target for conservative wrath, but the cause for the GOP's problems go far deeper than him. The problems reach right into the heart of the party itself.

As Lincoln said, a house divided against itself cannot stand. Well, the current GOP is divided between social conservatives, economic conservatives, and military conservatives, none of which really cares for the others. Victory allowed them to paper over their differences, but defeat will break them apart.

Good riddance.


Posted by: Zorro on November 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Michigoose wrote: "CNN's Political Ticker is reporting that Palin is on the invite list and McCain isn't."

Yeah, Grover and Brent the other good ol' boys are just hoping Sarah will parade around wearing only a towel as Newsweek reports she did when Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis visited her hotel room to brief her during the Republican convention.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

The Greedy Ol' Party is just that.


Not what many of them have been.

God bless liberal intellectualoids!!!!

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

In checking out the wake over at FAUX, last evening, I heard Rove say the victory against gay marriage in Florida proved that they should not deviate from social issues.

But, at last the Committee of Public Safety reaches a frenzied level - Let the blood letting begin.

I know it will not occur, and, possibly be counter productive, but, I surely wish the first order of job creation by the new administration is in the field of tumbrell building and close shaving apparatus.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 5, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, it's time to get down to it. Welcome to the Modern Republican Nazi Party.

What we need is "more wars" and a wealthy ruling elite that favors a corporatocracy and policies that protect the wealthy that run this country. This is an English speaking christian country destined to rule the world and we can't even rule our own country until we get rid of all the aliens and anti-American liberals who want to destroy our imperial nation. Women should never have been given the right to vote much less the right to choose having a baby. We need more people screaming "kill him", "terrorist", and "socialist" and out in the streets threatening those who don't agree with us. They need to be taught a lesson. Yeah, that's the republican party we need.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 5, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

btw...it didn't matter how "McCain chose to run his campaign"...it was the republican's policies that were so soundly rejected...no matter who represented them. They haven't worked and caused our current national disaster.

Posted by: joey on November 5, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

What are the chances that this ideological schism will result into an actual schism in which the far right breaks off into a third party?

Posted by: Gina on November 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Well, to partially answer my own question, CNN's Political Ticker is reporting that Palin is on the invite list and McCain isn't. I would say that that indicates that they want to stay firmly in the social conservative arena, which will consign them to the political hinterlands for a while.Posted by: Michigoose

I agree it says something about "firmness," but I'd take odds that, after the Newsweek article, she's there only to jump out of a cake.

If they really think she's got a future in national politics, they're more than welcome to her. She's a lump of coal that no amount of pressure would change into a diamond.

Posted by: Jeff II on November 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

As long as creeps like Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff's cabana boy and bagman, are invited to high level GOP confabs to discuss the future of the party, the party has no future. I'm surprised Grover's buddy and Former Right Hand of God (not my line but a great one), Ralph Reed wasn't invited.

Posted by: mandycat on November 5, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

just to confuse the issue...

a few folks on the thread are pushing the "bush = liberal" meme.

on the other hand consider this...when bush expanded the government with medicare part d, the county overwhelemingly APPROVED.

how do you square that circle with the "less governemnt is better" crowd.....????

Posted by: dj spellchecka on November 5, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Upthread was this exchange...."In reality, Republicans ended up in this mess by following the dictates of the right-wing base."

followed by "Can you point to any examples that would support your assertion because I can't think of any."

i'll try.....read an essay yesterday that said that when rove tweaked the "southern strategy" he targeted the bible thumpers and the racists to the exclusion of more moderate whites....

that drove the college educated southeners right out of the party...

rove never gave a sh!t about the "smaller govt crowd" or the "supply-siders," he just wanted the 50 + 1...and thought the road to the promised land was paved with the social conservatives....

nice how the 'perminant republican majority" turned out.....

as for norquist...he predicted just 4 years ago that the senate would quickly be 60 red seats and 40 blue....fail....

Posted by: dj spellchecka on November 5, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

May I suggest that getting rid of John Ensign and elevating the Dawson person would be one of the best things the Republican party could do for this country, for obvious reasons? With people like Chaffee, Whitmore and Snowe being kicked out and membership restricted to the christianist Taleban, there is no way that they could be a national threat. There is, however, the possibility of them screwing up a lot of innocent people's lives at the local level.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on November 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

Chicounsel wanted some examples of how Bush was a conservative and not a liberal, other than the judges and the GWOT. Allow me:

1. His destruction of the Constitution, especially the part that tries to keep religion and government separate.

2. His destruction of the Constitution (Part 2), expecially the part that protects individuals from being monitored by the feds. This includes his abrogation of habeus corpus for anyone he feels like, his phone and email monitoring, and his decision that he alone had the right to decide whether a person was innocent or guilty.

3. His vetoes of legislation designed to confer medical care on children in poverty.

4. His veto of legislation to aid war veterans on the grounds that it was too expensive.

5. His selling off the government to private individuals and then winking as they plundered the treasury.

6. His inattention to Katrina and other natural disasters because the function of government is the national defense and giving jobs to your supporters, not taking care of people.

7. His attempt to sell off Social Security to the private bankers so that they could make a bundle.

8. His giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry disguised as a benefit for users of Medicare.

9. His attack on Iraq under false pretenses in order to gain control of their oil and to have a base where he could control the rest of the Mideast oil. (This is not under the heading of GWOT because Iraq had nothing to do with terrorism and he knew it. He was only following the PNAC blueprints written by Cheney, Rumsfeld et al.

10. His deregulation of practically everything from financial industry to OSHA to EPA specifically for the benefit of big business.

11. His abuse of power in distorting scientific findings in order to further the agenda of the corporate elites.

12. His tax cuts that enabled him to justify cutting benefits for people in need.

13. His privatization programs that have resulted in the sale of our highways to foreign corporations with unlimited power to charge what they want for tolls.

14. His attempt to privatize education by his NCLB "education" program.
Need I go on?

Posted by: Texas Aggie on November 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

Party at Bozell's house! Sounds like fun. "Hey Grover! Tune the radio to Laura,it'll get us in the mood. Tony,draw the drapes.Yo Brent!Where's the Sarah poster? Aw sheeit! Don't tell me that you let Rich take it home. Alright, we're gonna have to do this the old fahioned way.OK everybody form a circle and listen to Laura,she's about to do the immigration thang.CONCENTRATE! Grover,don't bogart that lube! Oh God..oh god..."
"What are you boys doing down there?!
"Nuthin' Mom,just plotting strategy"
"Would you like me to make some sandwiches?"
"No thanks Mrs.B"

Posted by: dw315 on November 6, 2008 at 6:45 AM | PERMALINK



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