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quote of the day

"Yes, we Democrats will have some fun with Tom DeLay's unhappy "accountability moment" today, if only because of his insufferable self-righteousness, and the rich irony of his angry denunciations of prosecutorial powers, given his central role in the effort to remove Bill Clinton from office based on the dubious findings of a prosecutor far more powerful than Ronnie Earle.
And yes, it's important to note the agony of House Republicans in figuring out how to formally replace the guy who has actually been running the House since Newt Gingrich left town.

But Democrats need to raise their game, raise the stakes, and raise the broader issues involved in the DeLay saga, right now.

I'm sure others are raising similar points elsewhere, but I do want to quote the DLC's statement on the subject today:
"Tempting as it is to dwell on the possibility that this self-appointed moral arbiter of the nation could soon be strolling the halls not of Congress but of a Texas correctional facility, we urge Democrats to keep focused on a much bigger issue: the systemic pattern of corruption, cronyism, influence-peddling, and partisan intimidation in Washington.

"DeLay is clearly a major ink-spot in that pattern; even if he evades imprisonment on the Texas charges, let's remember that the object of the fundraising effort in question was The Hammer's obsessive campaign to launch a re-redistricting of U.S. House seats to buttress his power in the Capitol. And that broader determination to ruthlessly hold and use power by the GOP is what has given us a vast array of ethical lapses and bad policies, from Jack Abramoff's enormous roulette wheel of shakedowns and wirepullings, to a long series of fiscally ruinous special-interest raids on the U.S. Treasury, and even down to the staffing of FEMA with Republican campaign operatives."

It's time for Democrats to connect the dots, and launch an intense, sustained, united reform message and agenda for the country.

DeLay doesn't really matter. What really matters is the system which he has served, and what it has done and is doing to our country."

-- Ed Kilgore
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9/30/2005 08:20:00 AM

Geov Parrish has a good article at WorkingForChange.com


I think his key statement is this. "But an even more basic problem is that there's no evidence voters consider Democrats any less complicit in this web of corruption."

John Stewart said it last night to Sen. Chuck Schumer, "it took the Democrats 20 years in control to become corrupt, the Republicans did it in 5."

We all know that all politicians are crooks.

Q. How can you tell a politician is lying? A. His/her lips are moving.

Too many Democrats revel in the misery of the Republicans. When we simple point out how corrupt they are, we paint ourselves with the same brush. It is time to stop finger pointing and boldly express a new vision for America.    

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