April 06, 2005
Matt's right. The DeLay scandals are cresting too quick, little would be worse than watching the right sacrifice their figurehead, install Roy Blunt Jr., and move forward untainted by ethical issues. On the other hand, I'm not sure this is in the power of "liberal advocacy groups" anymore -- the press smells the blood and I get the feeling that they're circling on their own, no one's having to herd them. The only thing liberal groups can do now is try and widen the attack, to demand that the press pay attention to the larger issues of Republican corruption and pay-to-play ethos.
This moment is as good as it gets, with the press already nailing Delay for transgressions, they're as likely as they'll ever be to pick up on stories implicating the whole caucus and it's way of doing business. The front room lobbyists, the corporate cronyism, the breathtaking shamelessness with which industry shills form legislation -- those are the real scandals, it's not just one bad apple, it's a caucus that's disgustingly bold in allowing and enlarging the nexus between cash and Congress. In the ideal hierarchy of things, what the Republicans do today is infinitely worse than what Nixon did during Watergate. His actions were just aimed at screwing his enemies, the Republicans have turned their sights towards their constituents. But the way the press works, you can't indict business as usual, you can only nail individuals for the unusual. DeLay's carelessness has thus opened the door for these stories, are job now it to push the larger issues into the front yard.
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Bring up the fact that the ethics committe has been neutered, that the DeLay rule _passed_ in the republican caucus, etc.But these are 'old' news... how to make them more interesting? Package them, I guess, with a convenient meme. But what? Spider man? Enormous power, etc.?
Posted by: TJ | Apr 6, 2005 12:59:25 PM
But isn't this what they want to do? The Republicans are the party of anti-government. They want the American people to believe that government is corrupt and wasteful. I can't get over the feeling that Grover Norquist has suckered us by throwing the Republican party into the grip of a coalition of the crooked and the crazy.
Posted by: J Bean | Apr 6, 2005 1:18:33 PM
No one is herding the press on DeLay???? Boy, are you naive. No one on the left has this kind of information at the ready. And, the vaunted Press Corps could not write out a grocery list, without first receiving a press release. I wish there were liberals digging up the dirt, but liberals are just not this well organized.
We are witnessing Republicans -- probably inspired if not directed by Rove, himself -- doing in DeLay. It doesn't take a political genius to understand that corruption has enormous potential power as a campaign issue, when one party is completely out of power (and out of favor with the sources of cash) and therefore innocent, and the party-in-power in an enthusiastic whore.
Posted by: Bruce Wilder | Apr 6, 2005 2:53:44 PM
You want them to widen the attack. Well how about doing it yourself? What other Delay-like Republican "corruption and pay-to-play ethos" do you propose democrats hit or draw media attention to? You've got to be more specific than "corporate cronyism." I think your on the right track, just give some specific examples.
Posted by: Mikey | Apr 6, 2005 3:13:26 PM
Looks like Roy Blunt won't be the replacement. Josh Marshall has the scoop on house members lining up behind delay. Where is the Rove/DeLay patronage split? Does Rove have a hand on House members, or is it all delay?
In the same vein, who is holding the power in the senate? Frist is Rove's man, so is the senate in Rove's hands as well?
Posted by: verplanck colvin | Apr 6, 2005 3:46:03 PM
Well I should have known that Rove would eventually turn up in the great DeLay conspiracy.
How about a poll deciding who is this site's most hated Republican - DeLay, Rove, GWB, Jeb, Frist, Wolfie, Rummy, Condi, Arnold, Mehlman, Rudi?
Posted by: Boethius | Apr 6, 2005 7:18:16 PM
So if his own party is ready to take him down, and we don't want that to happen yet, can somebody please get busy and organize the Tom DeLay Legal Defense and Jobs for Family Members Fund? Raise some seed money for ads on all the liberal blogs, then sit back and watch the contributions roll in.
Posted by: DaveL | Apr 7, 2005 12:17:24 AM
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