Archive for October 9th, 2006

Monday Media Blogging
A cat with hands sounds fairly innocuous, right?

I blame the shadowy and mysterious Codename V.

3 comments October 9th, 2006 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

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More Unsolicited Advice For Democrats

Regarding the Foliasco (I also like Foleyaanisqatsi, but it’s probably too obscure), I would like to make two common-sense suggestions. I’m probably not the first with either of them, but oh well.

1) Make it clear that this is not an isolated incident, but a pure and crystalline distillation of the way the Republicans do things: They abuse their power for personal gratification, then cover up, lie, spin, obfuscate, and blame/smear the victims and the Democrats when the story begins to leak out.

Use the phrase “moral rot” as often as possible.

2) Practice zero tolerance for wrongdoing on your own side. The Democrats must “brand” themselves as the party of responsibility and accountability. If you find out about a dirty Democrat (i.e., Jefferson, Mollohan, or God forbid, a Democratic Foley), kick them the hell out immediately before the media or the Republicans force your hand. Do not allow the Republicans to reclaim the moral high ground.

It may be painful, but remember that the next time the Republicans get caught waist-deep in the cookie jar and start sputtering that a Democrat did it too, you can smugly say, “Yeah, and we got rid of them the second we found out about it, because we take government seriously. We don’t stand for dishonesty and corruption like Republicans do.” Just think how satisfying that will be. Also, if everyone in your caucus knows you won’t cover for them, they might be just a teensy bit more likely to keep their noses clean.

This has been your Bleeding Obvious 101 class for the day. Midterms will be on November 7th. Finals will be in November 2008.

4 comments October 9th, 2006 at 12:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Foley,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Turd Dissolves In Bottomless Kool-Aid Punchbowl

Amazing what you can believe if you work hard enough at it:

As word of Representative Mark Foley’s sexually explicit e-mail messages to former pages spread last week, Republican strategists worried — and Democrats hoped — that the sordid nature of the scandal would discourage conservative Christians from going to the polls.

But in dozens of interviews here in southeastern Virginia, a conservative Christian stronghold that is a battleground in races for the House and Senate, many said the episode only reinforced their reasons to vote for their two Republican incumbents in neck-and-neck re-election fights, Representative Thelma Drake and Senator George Allen.

“This is Foley’s lifestyle,” said Ron Gwaltney, a home builder, as he waited with his family outside a Christian rock concert last Thursday in Norfolk. “He tried to keep it quiet from his family and his voters. He is responsible for what he did. He is paying a price for what he did. I am not sure how much farther it needs to go.”

The Democratic Party is “the party that is tolerant of, maybe more so than Republicans, that lifestyle,” Mr. Gwaltney said, referring to homosexuality.

Most of the evangelical Christians interviewed said that so far they saw Mr. Foley’s behavior as a matter of personal morality, not institutional dysfunction.

All said the question of broader responsibility had quickly devolved into a storm of partisan charges and countercharges. And all insisted the episode would have little impact on their intentions to vote.


[A]as far as culpability in the Foley case, Mr. Dunn said, House Republicans may benefit from the evangelical conception of sin.  Where liberals tend to think of collective responsibility, conservative Christians focus on personal morality. “The conservative Christian audience or base has this acute moral lens through which they look at this, and it is very personal,” Mr. Dunn said. “This is Foley’s personal sin.”


Republicans have put up a vigorous defense, mainly through conservative allies and on talk radio. An e-mail message to talk-radio hosts from the Republican Party last week asked, “How would Democrats react if one of their own had a sexual relationship with an intern, was found out, then lied to a grand jury in an attempt to cover it up?”


[M]any conservative churchgoers said that what stood out for them was not the politics but the individual sin. “It is not going to affect my vote because I don’t live in Florida,” said Scott O’Connell, a mechanical engineer who described himself as a fundamentalist. “But there is a bigger moral issue which I would say is the prism I view this through: I do not believe in homosexuality.”

Arrrgh. As Henry Rollins once wrote to a friend of mine: “They don’t like their brains.” I simply do not believe that these evangelicals (an unscientific and hopefully unrepresentative sample) made an honest moral and religious decision here. With the help of Fox News and talk radio and their own church leadership, they instead elected to view it through the most absurd and pro-Republican prism possible. (“Well, yeah, this may have been a purely Republican scandal, but it’s the sort of thing Democrats would do, so I’m going to keep voting Republican.”)

I am not nearly evolved or enlightened enough to be a good Christian, but I am apparently far too evolved and enlightened to be a bad one.

1 comment October 9th, 2006 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Foley,Politics,Religion,Republicans,Wankers

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