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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 12:50 AM
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Business Week: Voters may start seeing Republicans as aloof and arrogant
DeLay's Woes: The GOP's Tipping Point?
The House Majority Leader's indictment is the latest in a rash of problems for Republicans. Voters may start seeing them as aloof and arrogant

By Richard S. Dunham, Lee Walczak, and Eamon Javers

SEPTEMBER 29, 2005

http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/sep2005/nf2...

For Democrats who have been bemoaning their lack of unity on a whole host of issues, from George W. Bush's Supreme Court nominees to participation in a GOP-led inquiry into the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, it's Christmas in September on Capitol Hill.

In the space of a few days, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has become enmeshed in a Securities & Exchange Commission probe into sales of his huge HCA Inc. (HCA ) stock holdings from a blind trust. And on Sept. 28, another bombshell exploded as House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas was indicted by a Lone Star State grand jury for allegedly conspiring to violate a Texas ban on corporate campaign contributions.

REACHING THE WHITE HOUSE. With the Republicans hip-deep in ethics quicksand, Democrats don't need cohesion anymore -- they're just watching as their rivals sink 13 months before the midterm elections. "Thank God it's not September, 2006," mutters GOP consultant Scott W. Reed, who worries that the ethics issue "has the potential for longer-term damage."

Actually, the damage could get worse. A federal grand jury probing the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame is close to winding up its work, stoking fears among some White House aides that political guru Karl Rove might be targeted. And federal investigators are widening their inquiry into GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, a DeLay pal who is under fire for questionable lobbying and investment schemes. On Sept. 19, L'Affaire Abramoff reached into the White House. The FBI arrested former White House procurement chief David H. Safavian, a former Abramoff business associate and golfing partner.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:03 AM
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1. I have never seen a more arrogant and elitist administration
They do as they wish, regardless. It always aid the rich backers and donors. Even in sending our kids to a useless war at www.icasualties.org
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:03 AM
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2. Please delte...dupe
Edited on Fri Sep-30-05 01:06 AM by Erika
They do as they wish, regardless. It always aids the rich backers and donors. Even in sending our kids to a useless war at www.icasualties.org
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:05 AM
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3. I can't tell who's side your on?
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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:06 AM
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4. Read my other 11472 posts on DU and decide for yourself. n/t
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:12 AM
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5. No, Not that general.I mean, nevermind. Love Love Love
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:16 AM
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6. I can almost hear that Democrat song being play............
you know the one the goes "Happy days are here again". Then again the Democrats need to get off their ass's and define themselves and put forth a platform people can believe in. When your in the opposition you better have something in the wings to vanquish your enemies.
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MissMarple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:35 AM
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7. Could you mean "that vision thing"?
Pray tell? :evilgrin:
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ladylibertee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 01:36 AM
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8. The Rebulican Party is going down
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:22 AM
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9. Gee ... do you think so?
:evilgrin:

It's gotten to the point where Republicans see their party as having gone that way. The Day of Reckoning will be painful.

As I wrote last night, it's not a "tipping point" (though I dig the metaphor), it's an entire topology of change, and Team Bush is merely a blemish on the skin of foam on the outgoing tide. Within a decade, "Republican" will have a far different meaning (if the party survives), as will "Democrat(ic)".

However, no matter how chaotic things may get, Bushism will be gone.

--p!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:26 AM
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10. Guilded age
1929

Yuo think?

Who knows maybe the fate of the Whig party? That is hoping for way too much... but one can dream
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 04:33 AM
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11. WTF? Voters may start seeing them as aloof and arrogant...MAY?
:wtf:
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