Needless to say it has been pretty tough lately to be a Republican. Let’s recap:
- Rep. Tom Delay was indicted on a charge of criminally conspiring with two political associates to inject illegal corporate contributions into 2002 Texas state elections.
- Sen. Bill Frist is being formally investigated by the SEC for insider trading.
- The Republican governor of Ohio, Gov. Bob Taft, was recently convicted of ethics violations. Yet he won’t resign and his approval rating is down to 15%.
- Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who Tom Delay referred to as “my good friend” and who also paid for Tom Delay to go play golf in Scotland, was indicted on five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.
- According to the Government Accountability Office the Bush administration broke anti-propaganda rules.
- There is new speculation that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of the discussions about leaking the identity of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.
- Former Secretary of Education in the Bush administration, William Bennett, stated on a radio show: “But I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.” I wonder how genocide plays into being a compassionate conservative?
But then again maybe all this bad news will just go away so long as Bush nominates the lawyer who allegedly got his drunk driving charges off of his record to the Supreme Court. The funny part about this is that Harriet Miers pulled a Cheney, she was the head of the selection committee to find a new Supreme Court Nominee and instead chose herself. I thought the complete and utter failure of Mike Brown as the head of FEMA would have taught Bush that the use of cronyism when appointing people to important offices isn’t’ the best policy.