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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

REPUBLICANS NOT GETTING IT

We have cited several examples of the Democrats not getting the message of the recent election. But the Republicans too show signs of not getting the message.

Here are two examples:

In the flap over Senator Specter rising to be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican senators are falling over themselves to assure his success in the name of collegiality. Senator Robert Bettet (R-UT), deputy party whip, characterized the flap as a "tempest in the teapot". What planet is Bennett on? Did he not see the last election results? If the Republicans think that the Specter episode can be dismissed so haughtily, they - and Bennet - are in for a rude awakeneing. Popular forces have been roused, and the politicians have to understand that it is not going to be business as usual.

Attitude is one thing, egreguious behavior is worse. The House Republicans have a rule that if a member of the leadership faces criminal charges, he has to step down. Now they are suspending that rule so the Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX) can continue as whip even if he is indicted. What planet are these guys on? Do they really want to smear their own party with the appearance of corruption? What would they say if Democrats did this?

Pollsters tell us that moral values top the list of voter concerns. Do the Republicans not understand this?


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