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June 13, 2008
POLITICS: Corrupt Democrat Watch

We've started a new series over at RedState - as I explain in the opening post, conservative blogs have not done nearly enough with the vast array of material that comes out regularly about corruption and scandal among Democrats - national, state, local - and we need to play catch-up on that. You can check out this week's installments thus far here, here, here and here.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:22 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (16) | TrackBack (0)

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Posted by: stan at June 13, 2008 12:38 PM

On a related matter, should the Swift Boat Vets sue Michael Kinsley for defamation after this vicious libel in Time?,9171,1813974,00.html

Posted by: stan at June 13, 2008 12:38 PM

Don Surber has been very good with an occasional series, "Name that party," which shows how the media wait to identify a corrupt politician if there's a "D" but are usually pretty upfront if there's an "R."

Still one of the things that sunk the Republicans in 2006 was the simple phrase "culture of corruption." This year most of the public corruption has been with a "D," so why not resurrect the phrase?

Posted by: soccer dad at June 13, 2008 2:26 PM

soccer dad,

If Republicans say it, but the MSM never reports it, who will know?

Posted by: stan at June 13, 2008 2:39 PM

Yawn. Instead of being a party hack, why not do "corrupt politician watch", and force your party to raise itself through it - instead of just tearing down the other guys.

It must be hard realizing that there is nothing left to offer.

Lowest Common Denominator FTW!

Posted by: Dave at June 13, 2008 4:54 PM

If you read the site, you know that Erick (who's the one full-time blogger at RS) takes a whack periodically at Rs who need to be dumped, people like Doolittle and Don Young. But it's all about finite resources. The online Left has entire sites with swarms of paid full-time bloggers who go after the GOP on this sort of thing, so there's not exactly a shortage of it out there. Given that most of the RS staff is, like me, unpaid volunteers with day jobs, we have to focus our energies on where we can do the most good, which is knocking out Democrats who deserve it. Give us Soros money, and maybe that approach would broaden a bit.

Posted by: The Crank at June 13, 2008 5:04 PM

Wow. You Red State boys are really scraping the bottle of the barrel. I think it is called intellectual bankruptcy.

Posted by: Magrooder at June 13, 2008 10:32 PM

I've got some bad news for you, stan. Truth is a complete defense to a libel claim.

Posted by: Magrooder at June 13, 2008 10:53 PM

Say what you will about the Dems -- but if Cong. Smokes Boehner never holds another leadership post in the House, I think the Country will be all the better for it.

Take a close look at the billions wasted on his student loan subsidy program -- how much was skimmed back into the GOP coffers? And that royal screwing was probably dwarfed by the Medicaid Drug Boondoggle.

When I think of those crooks passing legislation in the early part of this decade, I hear Ray Liotta narrating and picture Cong Smokes throwing a firebomb into some poor saps restaurant.

Posted by: Patrick at June 14, 2008 4:16 AM

"If you read the site...:
Sorry - after Rep Feeny's post(took me a bit to find it):

and pulling this quote from it: "After an impressive 24 quarters of economic growth, it only took newly anointed Speaker Pelosi and her liberal colleagues less than one year to hobble a previously growing economy."

I realize that as someone who rationally observes problems, RedState isn't for me. Perhaps someday it can be again, but that a sitting Congressman would link a combination of problems dealing with natural economic cycles, poor regulation, lax policies and even worse national budgeting with the 'other side' taking over...

And it would be embraced, largely without comment(from the site principals)? This is insulting (at best) to anyone with a basic grasp on what has happened in the past 5 years. A situation that took YEARS to develop, and could have been mitigated a dozen ways over the years..

Crank, I want a better county that achieves more. Things like the post I mention do not bring us there, and neither does saying 'look! look at how bad they are!'.

Posted by: Dave at June 14, 2008 8:13 AM

Dave - Let's follow this argument.

Me: RS has a good new feature covering X
You: I don't want to read it unless you also cover Y
Me: We do, sometimes, cover Y, as you'd know if you read the site
You: I just went to the site and found a post about Z, which I don't agree with

This is practically a textbook example of what drives conservatives up the wall about lefty commenters, the constant changes of subject away from the topic at hand.

Posted by: The Crank at June 14, 2008 9:30 AM

This is a valid idea, but needs to stick to serious misbehavior. Additionally, the real trick will be getting any mainstream acknowledgement of the misbehavior. An example of crimes that need to be repeatedly brought up are the recent bribery cases. Rep Jefferson is still in office. Pelosi should be asked about that at every press conference. Chris Dodd took a bribe from Countrywide and then wrote the irresponsible borrower bailout legislation that essentially pays Countrywide for the bribe. Very clear quid pro quo. Obama should be asked repeatedly whether Dodd should be expelled from the Senate. I doubt it is possible to shame Dodd into resigning (these guys have no shame), but the story should stay front and center so voters understand which party truly fosters a culture of corruption.

Posted by: largebill at June 14, 2008 9:33 AM

OK Crank. Jefferson is a crook, who has no business continuing to hold his seat.

Now, as for Conrad and Dodd, I find it funny the you RS folks are shocked, shocked to discover the wealthy and influential people get better deals than poorer and less influential people. Given the GOP brand of crony capitalism we experienced the last 7 year, how can it possibly be surprise. McCain rides for free on his wife's corporate jet.

I would bet you could find something like this for every member of the Congress. And, finally, this is for stan. As Michael Kinsley says, the scandal is what is legal.

Posted by: Magrooder at June 14, 2008 2:09 PM

Yes, indeed, let's follow the logic:

1) RS is a poor, underfunded site struggling mightily against the mighty socialist MSM and their evil lefty blogger comrades.

2) Therefore, let's ignore the massive corruption and criminal scandals of the Republicans to focus on those evil nogoodnik Democrats.

Why don't you just come out and say it? "We get all creeped out with the thought of our hard earned money going anywhere else but into ExxonMobil's pockets. Screw the poor, get me another margarita!"

Posted by: Michael Webb at June 14, 2008 3:26 PM

Mikey, the only person who said item 2 is you. Read and comprehend before commenting, by failing to do so you have beclowned yourself.

Posted by: do at June 14, 2008 8:57 PM

Crank, you misunderstand. I've given you information backwards, so it seems like I went for misdirection.

I was a regular Redstate reader for a time - and more and more, it became focused on tearing things down rather than focusing on positives of conservatism (and yes, I fully agree there are some). That post was the final bit, where I was no longer convinced that it was anything more than a mouthpiece, instead of posting information that I generally but not always disagreed with.

And now, with this, it is a continuation of it - which isn't exactly bringing me back. I realize that if you want to only hit "Conservative News and Community", this is all you need.
Really, it's the same reason I don't read blogs on the left.

Posted by: Dave at June 14, 2008 9:27 PM
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