I want to apologize to all of the readers of this blog for referring to Vice President Cheney as a terrorist. I suppose that, in the post-9/11 world, one would be hard-pressed to refer to anyone other than a militant Arab fundamentalist who hijacks a plane and pilots it into a building somewhere on our shores or a Palestinian who bears a bomb into a cafe in Israel as a terrorist. How about something more measured, then? How about...a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or, a murderer of the US Constitution? No wait! Try...the worst Vice President in US history? Anyway, let me work on that.
You've got to hand it to Whittington, though. Classic Republican noblesse oblige. These guys have party loyalty down to a virtual art form. No matter what ANY of them do, no Republican in Congress ever seriously challenges this administration. 9/11. Iraq. Katrina. Poverty. Education. Infrastructure. Healthcare. Abramoff. Valerie Plame.
We were at peace under Clinton. The deficit was gone. Things seemed pretty good. So, some right-wing nuts had to grab hold of what they could and tried to bury Clinton over his sex life. These idiots might get us all killed, sooner or later. But Bush gets a pass because of these incompetent, gutless cowards like Hastert and Frist who believe their loyalty lies with Rove and not the American people.
One of the most important elections in US history is approaching. A chance not only for Democrats to make their case for better government, but a chance for Republican voters to reclaim their party and wrestle control of it away from corrupt insiders like DeLay, radical fundamentalists like Santorum and closeted, clandestine Constitution-killers like Cheney. Republicans have a chance to do what Democrats did when they voted to disavow the welfare state. The Democratic party, as a whole, steered away from their traditionally more liberal planks in recent years. They realized that fewer and fewer Americans were willing to foot the bill for much of the social programing that defined Democratic platforms throughout the '60s and '70s. The Reagan era taught more and more Americans to worry about themselves, and let "the market" take care of everybody else. For better or worse, there are Democratic nominees from the '70s who wouldn't win one primary today. That's how much things have changed.
Things must change again. The Republican rank and file must look inward and realize that they married the wrong guy. And they married into the wrong family. The Bush era will end, but we must make sure that the era of lies, corruption, incompetence and arrogance goes with him. A Democratic House and a Democratic Senate have never been more necessary than they are today. Give to the DCCC and the DSCC today.