Compare and contrast:
The comparison is admittedly inexact, but consider a parallel between 2004 and 2008.
Four years ago, shortly after national elections, Republicans were forced to deal with the criminal indictment of a high-profile member -- Tom DeLay. One of the House GOP caucus' first major moves after the elections was to agree, behind closed doors, to change the rule forbidding those under indictment from holding leadership posts in the party. (Embarrassed, they later changed their minds.) Republican officials also defended the accused and lashed out, in a coordinated effort, against the prosecutor.
Four years later, shortly after national elections, Democrats have been forced to deal with the criminal indictment of a high-profile member -- Rod Blagojevich. One of the Senate Democratic caucus' first major moves after the elections was to agree, with full transparency, that they don't want anything to do with the scandal-plagued governor.
And as for turning on Fitzgerald, if Dems hate his guts, they have a funny way of showing it:
Interesting how Dems react like sane people, and Cons react like a bunch of corrupt fucktards, when one of their own is indicted, innit? Neither party is perfect, but at least the Dems make an attempt to be seen respecting law and order.
Obama has already made it clear he intends to keep Fitzgerald at his post. His transition team yesterday pointed reporters to a statement Obama had made in June: “I still think he’s doing a good job. Yes,” Obama said. “I think he has been aggressive in putting the city on notice and the state on notice that he takes issues of public corruption seriously.”
Other top Democrats share Obama’s view. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he would ask Obama to renominate Fitzgerald, and yesterday Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “I don’t think there is any thought whatsoever of changing the U.S. Attorney in Chicago with these very, very troubling and important times.”
There's also a rather stark contrast between Dems and Rethugs when it comes to trying to keep the economy from imploding:
Last night, the House approved an emergency plan, crafted by negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Bush White House, which would have directed $14 billion to U.S. auto manufacturers. It passed 237 to 170. Expecting success in the House, senior White House officials were dispatched to the Hill to lean on Senate Republicans to support the measure.
Bushies probably don't realize that their influence on the Hill is gone. Today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) announced that he's ignoring the president's request and will oppose the bailout measure. McConnell's move "all but assures" the legislation's defeat.
The Kentucky Republican, with a large auto presence in his state, had been seen as a potential ally for the industry, and he provided crucial support for the Treasury Department's financial markets rescue fund this fall. But he has since endured a punishing reelection fight. And faced with strong resistance in his caucus, he said that the bill "isn't nearly tough enough" and that he could not ask taxpayers to "subsidize failure." [...]
While not entirely surprising, the Republican opposition stands in contrast to what have been significant concessions by Democrats to try to move the bill forward.
"Much of this bill is dictated by the president. It is a stunning vote of no confidence," [Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)] said of the Republican opposition.
Dems try to bargain, Cons throw hissy fits and fuck everything up spectacularly. Right now, allowing several million jobs to get flushed down the toilet is exactly the wrong option, but Cons don't seem to believe that ordinary people really need jobs all that badly. I suppose that if the bill had included nothing but tax cuts, they would've gone for it. Fucking morons.
You might think this makes no sense, and it doesn't - not from a sane person's perspective. But here's how the Cons seem to be, for lack of a better word, thinking:
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has been one of the Senate’s fiercest opponents of the auto bailout, claiming rescue packages would lead the country to socialism. Yesterday, DeMint claimed there would be “riots” if Congress approves a bailout for the Big Three automakers:We’re going to have riots. There are already people rioting because they’re losing their jobs when somebody else is being bailed out. The fairness of it becomes more and more evident as we go along. Because the auto companies may be hurting there are very few companies that aren’t hurting and are gonna hurt. We don’t have enough money to bail everyone out.
Have you seen riots? I haven't seen riots. I haven't even seen demonstrations. But in Jim DeMint's own personal reality, we're on the primrose path to socialism, and people are rioting in the streets.
Every fucking Republicon needs to be drug tested. They're either spectacularly stupid, mentally ill, or on some serious psychadelics.
Dumbfuckery seems to be running rampant today:
Almost immediately after the elections last month, George W. Bush publicly vowed a smooth transition, and for the most part, it's been going well. There is, however, a rather glaring example to the contrary. (via Ben Smith)
NASA administrator Mike Griffin is not cooperating with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, is obstructing its efforts to get information and has told its leader that she is "not qualified" to judge his rocket program, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
In a heated 40-minute conversation last week with Lori Garver, a former NASA associate administrator who heads the space transition team, a red-faced Griffin demanded to speak directly to Obama, according to witnesses.
In addition, Griffin is scripting NASA employees and civilian contractors on what they can tell the transition team and has warned aerospace executives not to criticize the agency's moon program, sources said.
NASA, as an agency, has struggled over the last eight years. It's reportedly muzzled scientists who disagree with the Bush agenda, and it's led by an administrator who isn't sure if global warming is real, and believes we should ignore the crisis, even if the evidence is right.
It stands to reason, then, that Griffin might be inclined to give Obama's team a hard time, but if this Orlando Sentinel report is right, his obstinacy is rather extreme.
Well, he is a Bush bootlicker. We probably shouldn't be too terribly surprised he's this fucking stupid. I have news for him: if he wants to keep his job, this isn't the way to do it. There's a boot with his name on it, getting ready to kick some arse, I guarantee you.
All I can say is, I can't wait until the new Administration is sworn in, the new Congress takes over, and a multitude of boots make firm contact with deserving buttocks.