08 May, 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

Please extend your very warmest welcomes to our Senior Teen Correspondent, who's made his debut post below! Salud, Kaden!

Now, on to the fuckery. Via Carpetbagger, we can now enjoy yet another Republicon sex scandal (you knew it wouldn't be long, didn't you?):

Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), wracked by controversy since his drunken-driving arrest last week, has just issued a statement in which he confessed that he has had an extramarital relationship with the woman who bailed him out of jail following the arrest — and that he is the father of her young daughter.

“I have had a relationship with Laura Fay, with whom I have a three year old daughter,” Fossella said in a statement. "My personal failings and imperfections have caused enormous pain to the people I love and I am truly sorry.

“While I understand that there will be many questions, including those about my political future, making any political decisions right now are furthest from my mind. Over the coming weeks and months, I will to continue to do my job and I will work hard to heal the deep wounds I have caused.”

Perhaps now might be a good time to note that Fossella has an 81% rating from the Christian Coalition for his “pro-family” votes, and supported a constitutional amendment to prevent gays from destroying the sanctity of marriage. (Fossella also voted to impeach Bill Clinton over an
extra-marital affair.)

I've said before and I say again: when a Republicon starts pointing fingers and bitching about the other guy's lack of morals, it's time to look for the pointer's fuckups. They only scream this loud when they're the ones doing the dirty stuff.

Speaking of screaming, Hillary Clinton seems to think that if she howls loudly enough about Obama's supposed electability, he'll magically become unelectable. What's she harping on now? Oh, nothing much, you know, just race and ignorance:

Hillary Clinton still clearly hopes to make a case to the Democratic Party that she’d be the strongest candidate in a general election, but I have a hunch she’d like to take this one back.

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

USA Today described these as “blunt remarks about race.” When a candidate equates “hard-working Americans” with “white Americans,” I can’t help but wonder if “blunt” is a strong enough adjective. (The Obama campaign called Clinton’s remarks “not true and frankly

So, what she's basically saying here is, hard working white Americans without a college degree are too stupid and racist to vote for a black man. Gotcha. That seems like the perfect pitch, along with gas tax fantasies, to ensure that superdelegates ignore niggling little problems like, oh, say, the popular vote and the fact she's never going to catch up on delegates.

The only pattern I see emerging here is that she's getting more desperate by the day. I hope we're all smart enough to tell her where she can shove her dirty politics and veiled racist remarks.

Oh, and you all remember that "compromise" the Bush Administration floated on the FEC appointments yesterday? Yeah. Turns out they're not even willing to abide by their own compromise, such as it was (via Paul at TPM):

As I noted yesterday, the White House offered a "compromise" to the FEC deadlock -- except that they refused to withdraw the centerpiece of the conflict, Hans von Spakovsky. Oh, and the offer also included replacing the sitting Republican commissioner David Mason, who's been creating trouble for the McCain campaign. The only aspect of the offer that could be characterized as a compromise was the promise from White House officials that Senate Republicans would now agree to have a vote on Spakovsky separately from the other uncontroversial FEC nominees.

But now Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says they won't. It's either a vote on all the nominees together or nothing. So... no progress has been made. The FEC will remain shut down.

That's the Bush White House for you: failing grades on "plays well with others" since 2001.


Jacob said...

So here's my question:

If the roles of our candidate potentials were reversed, with Obama in the positions and ratings that Clinton has found herself in, would he say that, "hard-working black Americans without college degrees don't support Clinton" as way of defense? Personally, I do not think so.

As for the scandalous senators and such, I really don't care who's screwing whom. Yes, if these things are found out, then appropriate measures should be taken. Still, when it comes to this stuff, from Hilton to Clinton, why should their sex life be any more important than the other millions of people who are doing the same thing? I mean, they sleep with someone else, and then they flash it on the news, and they are reprimanded and scolded, as if it's something unspeakable wrong that none of US would EVER do.

Case in point: Even the President of the United States of America is, at the end of the day, merely a man. In fact, even that may not be true in the coming years. The President is merely human, and humans are flawed. So why are these things still surprising us?

Dana Hunter said...

I wouldn't say "surprising" so much as "titilating." People lurves them some sex scandal.

In this case, the significance is that this incredible doofus had the gall to call for Bill Clinton's impeachment over sexual indiscretions when he was engaging in a few of his own, so his naughty behavior becomes important because of that. Republicons think they can play by different rules. We're here to show them they can't.

Of course, in a perfect world, who the President was boinking wouldn't make a lick of difference, but... welcome to American politics. Sorry, my dear. These morons don't have the same good sense as teenagers.

Jacob said...

I would clarify, good sense as *some* teenagers. Most of us are fuckwits, too, we just have our own special flare about it.

Anyway, regardless of the paradox of republican outrages, which we should be more than used to by now, I still think it's more damaging to society to make such a big deal about it. The best thing to do about this shit, is just quietly throw them in jail for a wee bit. By glorifying it, we're encouraging, it a sick kind of way.