Incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promises changes in the corrupt way Congress conducts its business but her shameless promotion of Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha suggests her reign at the top will be business as usual when it comes to protecting one of her own.
One of the first rules of politics is to avoid the "appearance of impropriety." It doesn't matter if you are guilty or innocent of wrongdoing. You must work your ass off to prove you are above suspicion.
We spent most of the past week talking about what happened in the Midterm Elections of 2006.
We know what happened: Democrats won, Republicans lost. Voter anger triumphed.
Now let's take a look at what didn't happen.
In the months leading up to the election, paranoia reigned supreme and conspiracy theories ran rampant through the Internet. A lot of predictions of doom and gloom dominated political debate.
Most of those predictions turned out to be pure fantasy.
A few months ago, knee-jerk Democrats who insisted on Republican-style lockstep from all who march under their banner celebrated with open glee the defeat of maverick Senator Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary election.
That unabashed joy carried over into the liberal blogging world where the pundit wannabes on sites like Daily Kos claimed credit for Lieberman's defeat and predicted Ned Lamont's staunch anti-Iraq-war stance would carry him to victory in November.Read More
President George W. Bush decided before Tuesday's mid-term elections to fire Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld but lied, once again, to the press and the American people about his intentions.
Bush admitted Wednesday that he interviewed former CIA director Robert M. Gates over the weekend for Rumsfeld's job and said he intentionally misled reporters last week about the defense secretary's future to avoid making the Iraq war more of an issue in the election.
American voters sent President George W. Bush and his gang of thugs called the Republican Party a strong message Tuesday.
It wasn't subtle, it wasn't polite and it wasn't subject to interpretation.
It said: Go to hell. Go directly to hell. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Now it's your turn.
We in the media, be it traditional or non non-traditional; new or old; print, broadcast or web, have done our job. We've reported on the issues, highlighted the problems that confront the country and spotlighted the crooks, liars and malcontents who either hold or seek power.
We've done all we can do. Now itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up to you.
We've suggested Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as much as rational analysis should allow Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the factors that could, and perhaps should, determine how you might vote. But, in the end, the decision is yours and yours alone.
In 2004, the buffoons who ran the Democratic Party, and their voters in primary elections, gave us a political idiot named John Kerry and tried to convince us that he could be President.
Christ. John Kerry. I remember the laughable excuse for a Senator strutting onto the stage of the Democratic National Convention, snapping that ridiculous salute and announcing he was "reporting for duty."
What he should have been reporting for was the psyche ward at Bellevue.
With the party's back against the wall, the Republican sleaze machine went into high gear this past week, appealing to the inherent racism, bigotry and homophobia that lie within GOP extremist, hoping that fear and ignorance will turn the tide in an election they can't win on truth or the issues.
The Republican National Committee paid for a television ad in the Tennessee Senate Race, hoping that racial overtones can derail Democratic candidate Harold Ford by suggesting he chases white women and parties with Playboy centerfolds.
Talk to a Republican political operative lately and, once you get by the false public bravado that all of them try lamely to project, you see nothing but desperation in their eyes.
The world is crashing down on the party of the elephant and they have only themselves to blame for the disaster that awaits them on November 7.
Republicans nowadays must feel like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis. With just a little over three weeks to go before the pivotal November mid-term elections, that ache in their gut is only going to get worse.
More and more Republican candidates distance themselves from the fallen leader of their party and his many failed policies, ranging from the Iraq war to assaults on personal freedoms and liberties.
For many, the decision to avoid their faltering President comes too late. By clinging to a flawed political strategy for too long they will go down in flames.