Tone Deaf

The Bush GOP in a nutshell:

Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, whose home back in Alaska was raided by federal investigators Monday in a wide-ranging corruption investigation, has threatened to place a hold on the Democratic-drafted ethics legislation just passed by the House and expected on the Senate floor by week’s end.

The senator told a closed session of fellow Republicans today, including Vice President Dick Cheney, that he was upset that the measure would interfere with his travel to and from Alaska – and vowed to block it.

Yes. This Ted Stevens:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service raided the Alaska home of Senator Ted Stevens on Monday in search of evidence about his relationship to a businessman who oversaw a remodeling project that almost doubled the size of the senator’s house, federal law enforcement officials said.

The decision to raid the home suggests that the corruption investigation focused on Mr. Stevens, a long-serving Republican and former chairman, has taken on new urgency.

You can almost hear the corks popping at the DNC.



More On Mike Stark

After reading John’s Post and Mike Stark’s diary at Daily Kos, I feel strongly enough to put up a short post of my own.

* First, posting it as a diary on Kos was stupid. John knows that Kos doesn’t control the diaries and most of you know it, but apparently Wonkette doesn’t know it and she’s a f*cking blogger. In the minds of most viewers Kos owns what Mike did.
* Second, the entire move was amateurish in the extreme. Al Franken and Keith Olbermann do a number on O’Reilly because they bait him into flipping his lid without breaking a sweat. What did O’Reilly do here? He stepped out his door, said a few words and went inside. Big mean fascist O’Reilly came off looking like an average guy bothered at home. Stark, meanwhile, hung abusive signs around the neighborhood and apparently pestered every resident on O’Reilly’s block. Taken in isolation that makes Stark look like a complete jackass. Since most people don’t get their context at Daily Kos, rest assured that it will be.
* The fact that O’Reilly had it coming hardly justifies the tactical stupidity of the move. Unless I am wrong Stark will hurt advertising at Daily Kos and sponsorship for Yearly Kos more than FOX could have done. Kos hardly needs site management advice from an amateur blogger with a day job, but in his place I’d ban Stark while it looked like my idea.

Could be that I’m wrong and the whole thing will blow over, or O’Reilly will physically attack someone and Stark wins. Then again, this is the sort of move that high-paid image consultants have happy dreams about. I wonder whether FOX has any of those.

***Update***

One more not insignificant point. I really, really wouldn’t trade places with Mike Stark’s mailbox.








This has Got To Stop

Look, I know Bill O’Reilly is scum, but this stuff has got to stop:

After O’Reilly provided an “accountability moment” to the JetBlue CEO at his home, I decided to provide O’Reilly with his own accountability moment at his home.

I’ve just returned to home base.

I’ve got video of O’Reilly in his sleepwear (red shorts and a white t-shirt). I delivered the Andrea Mackris Court filings to all of his neighors – every home in his development got a copy. And I put a bunch of signs up along his street – “Bill O’Reilly: Andrea Mackris has your cash” directly across from his house; “Bill O’Reilly: PERVERT” in front of his home; “Bill O’Reilly: CHEATER” on the road he must take to exit his development and “Bill O’Reilly: Can’t be trusted with your daughters” at the landmark boulder marking the entrance to his development.

I know many of you are going to argue that the only way to make it stop is to do this to enough people like O’Reilly so they, themselves, quit behaving like this, but as far as I am concerned, the moral high ground is better than “winning” this sort of crap. This is the kind of thing that escalates and ends badly for all parties.

Did I mention Bill O’Reilly is scum?

And why the hell do they call him Falafel Bill?

*** Update ***

I have to agree with Wonkette:

We’d just like to congratulate DailyKos for making us sympathize with a disturbed fascist. Maybe they can make Giuliani’s mom cry or something next.

Although the problem with Wonkette is they, like Bill O’Reilly, can not seem to tell the difference between the DKOS and some wingnut at DKOS. To be clear, the DKOS did not do this- Mike Stark did.



Spectering IV: Arlen’s Revenge

As regular readers already know, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) irritatingly tends to stand by his maverick principles right up until his influence might mean something, and then drop them like a prom dress. During the GOP trifecta years his behavior got so predictable that I named a category after it.

In a narrowly Democratic Senate Specter’s position becomes tougher because he has fewer chances for empty gestures and more moments when he has to stand up or back down on matters of real consequence. So far Specter has largely delivered what I expected, but Specter’s dignity-ectomy was never as complete as the rest of his party’s Congressional delegation so there is always a chance for hope.

For instance, via Steve Benen:

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Republican, Arlen Specter (Pa.), emerged from a crucial Monday briefing and gave the Bush administration 18 hours to resolve the controversy over apparent contradictions in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s congressional testimony.

Gonzales took issue last week with former Deputy Attorney General James Comey’s description of internal dissent in 2004 over the legal authority for the National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless eavesdropping program. Frustrated Democrats called for a special prosecutor to investigate Gonzales for perjury, noting that several officials have publicly echoed Comey’s account. Those calls prompted Specter to request a classified briefing to clear up the dispute.

Specter aides released a statement late Monday that suggested a bombshell to come on Tuesday afternoon.

Before getting too excited about what this “bombshell” might be, remember that Specter always delivers less than he promises. He values his committee seat too much to let it go, or he lacks the spine to follow through on his threats, or maybe just plays his “maverick” role to keep Democrats off balance as part of the GOP’s general kabuki theater. Nobody knows but Arlen. Regardless, gird yourself for the inevitable announcement that Specter’s bombshell amounts to a very, very angry letter to Gonzales, cc’d to the president.

If events prove me wrong and Specter stands up for one of those very uncouth Democratic proposals (special prosecutor, impeachment hearings, it’s all good), super. But I don’t think that I am. Few bets in Washington pay off more reliably than Arlen Specter backing down from one of his principled stands.



All Out Of Bubble Gum

News like this makes it feel good to be a Dem again.

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