Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Republicans go after Ethics Coalition; did I hear someone say echo chamber?

Gotta know that this was coming... the House GOP has had enough of this DeLay stuff. So they trump out their talking points and research report, and label any group standing up for ethics as "liberal" or getting money from Open Society Institute as somehow in George Soros' pocket. Including us, apparently. Oh boy.

My response: I'll debate the House GOP anyday on the role of money in politics, especially when they're awash in:

  • Wall Street money and supporting privatization of Social Security,
  • Polluter money and opposing sensible environmental and health protections, and
  • Big bank and credit card money and pushing an awful bankruptcy bill.

The list could go on.

The Hill has the full run down in tomorrow's (Easter recess -- d'oh!) paper.

But I have to say, the most interesting nuggets reporter Alex Bolton put together were these:

Over a five-day span, ending last Thursday, TV and radio stations and print publications from around the country featured at least 290 stories either about a controversial junket he took to Scotland in 2000, his response to criticism about the propriety of that trip or his offer to discuss the matter with the House ethics committee, according to a survey. The articles by The Associated Press, Reuters, Knight Ridder and The Washington Post were picked up by news outlets around the country.

The latest spate of broadcasts and articles, a glut of the type of negative coverage that has plagued DeLay in recent years, likely explains why his name identification has risen from 46 percent to 76 percent between September 1999 and last month, according to several CNN/USA Today/ Gallup surveys of adults nationwide, cited by Democrats. During the same span, DeLay’s unfavorable ratings have swelled from 11 percent to 24 percent, according to the same surveys.

“The DeLay scandal is getting to the point where House Republicans just won’t be able to withstand much more,” a Democratic aide said. “With every story that is written, it becomes more clear that House Republicans are risking their political futures by associating themselves with him. When literally hundreds of stories about the GOP leader’s shoddy ethics are appearing in nearly every local and regional paper across the country, you can’t blame voters for painting them all with the same brush.” (emphasis gladly added)

So, in that context, the GOP looks a little desperate going after little ol' us, huh? Time to turn up more heat.


  • Thank you for your blog, David. I recently moved to California from Houston. I spent the 1990s working as a political consultant and campaign manager in Houston and I can tell you exactly why Delay gets away with so much. Because whether Dem or Repub, elected officials are scared to death to go against him. Over and over I tried to convince elected officials at all levels to speak out against him publicly the way they did privately and they would not do it. Why? Because of his vituperous intimidation tactics. They were all sincerely convinced that if they spoke out against Delay, he'd spend whatever it took to ensure they were defeated next election. And he had the bucks to back up his threats. He's never had to run a serious campaign so his war chest is massive. You know, if I really thought his religious beliefs were sincere I might despise him a bit less. But he's been a hypocrite since he was just a lowly state rep (marreid no less) and lived at Macho Manor.

    By Anonymous Fire Delay Now, at 6:30 AM  

  • Though you might find this link interesting:


    It's a report on how specific Members of Congress benefit financially from porn.

    If you download the report, you'll see that DeLay, as well as Sen. Sam Brownback, Cong. Joe Barton (who now wants to regulate fee-based satellite content), and the sanctimonious Heather Wilson, from New Mexico, all benefit
    financially from the porn industry.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 AM  

  • Thanks for the post David.

    By Anonymous jusfishn67, at 1:21 PM  

  • You guys are doing an awesome job nailing The Hammer!

    Though you might find this interesting: CNN's American Morning mentioned an audiotape of DeLay stating that the Terri Schiavo case is indeed a political windfall for them and not a simple matter of life and death as he claims.

    More details posted on my blog.

    Keep up the great work!

    By Blogger Infinite Dragon, at 1:42 PM  

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