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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:31 PM
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"In the first sign that even Hastert could be in trouble..."
That announcement has touched off what promises to be a fierce struggle for House leadership. In the first sign that even Hastert could be in trouble, Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-N.Y.) said Republicans should consider whether to replace the speaker. "The time is right for us to do some soul-searching and have an open dialogue about the direction of the House."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:32 PM
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1. This couldn't happen to a more deserving guy! nt
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:33 PM
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2. "Even Hastert'?
I haven't been able to figure out why anyone thought Hastert WASN'T in trouble.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:35 PM
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3. Yeah, the only one with his head further up Jack's tuckus...
...is Delay himself.

NGU.


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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:36 PM
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4. Hastert is a figurehead too
Delay was always the one running the show. It was quite obvious.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:39 PM
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7. doesn't matter--as name recognitation of Repugs and their corruption
is what counts.
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:40 PM
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8. Hastert was Delay's man in the speakers' office:
He never had an ounce of personal support.

He's either going to swear allegiance to the next guy or he will be challenged by the next guy or the next guy will run his own Hastert.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:40 PM
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9. Spot on.
Hastert was always DeLay's sockpuppet.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:49 PM
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17. "The only reason he got the job was because...
the only kind of leg he likes is a turkey leg"

I remember hearing that when Hastert got the job.

Hastert was the pick after Bob Livingstone literally ran onto the floor to resign after Larry Flint turned over his rock.
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:37 PM
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5. whow. this is good!!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:38 PM
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6. I think Nancy Pelosi would make a fine speaker
I urge the Republicans to consider her as well.
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:41 PM
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10. Joy! Joy! Happy Joy! Joy!
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peekaloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:42 PM
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11. Isn't Hastert being investigated for taking Turkish bribes?
or did that investigation get gagged along with Sibel Edmonds?

So much corruption, so little time.
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bluerum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:44 PM
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12. Hoo boy. Where have these ding dongs been burying their heads?
Link to WAPO Article

In the first sign that even Hastert could be in trouble, Rep. John E. Sweeney (R-N.Y.) said Republicans should consider whether to replace the speaker. "The time is right for us to do some soul-searching and have an open dialogue about the direction of the House."


Soul searching? Presumes a soul of course.

Open dialogue? Yeah - seen a lot of open door transparent dialogue and decision making these last 5 years. What the hell, the pres will be listening anyway.




:puke:
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:45 PM
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13. Jump ship
Just like them. I wouldn't want them as any of my friends! If I was in trouble they'd abandon me surely even if it's just privatley (where it matters). Why would he make that statement I wonder....
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txindy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:45 PM
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14. What?! The "direction of the House" shouldn't include Turkish bribes?
It's so hard to keep up these days. Sheesh.

Tsk. Tsk. Oh, Denny. The repubs are taking their ball and kicking you off the playground. Please let the door hit you on the way out of the House - if you can still FIT through that door, I mean.

:rofl:

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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:47 PM
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15. Some of the WaPo writers aren't very well informed,
Edited on Mon Jan-09-06 12:51 PM by leveymg
Or else, they really have those talking points down.

Vanity Fair reported months ago that Hastert is under investigation for taking bribes from Turkey. Sibel has been publicly accusing the Congressman of this for a lot longer. Further reports have him acting as a manager for Abramoff in the spreading around of millions in under-the-counter goodies to GOP lawmakers.

"The first sign that even Hastert could be in trouble . . ." Jeez. Does Mr. Weisman take the short bus home from work every day?
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AllegroRondo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:48 PM
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16. Younger Repubs want to clean house
or at least make it look like they are cleaning out the corrupt older members.
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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:50 PM
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18. Woohoo!!
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 12:52 PM
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19. kicked and recommended
Maybe the party is cleaning house.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-09-06 01:07 PM
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20. oh no!
my denny is in trouble? gee i wonder if the democrats care? if he`s out of power then they can`t use him anymore so they won`t care if anyone runs against him....just like they did the last time...i guess we have our work cut out for us in the 14th-just like we did the last time....
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