The Spectacle Blog

Supporting Bossie, the WTimes, etc.

By on 10.4.06 | 10:03AM

Dave Bossie, Michael Reagan, the Washington Times and others who have called for the political scalp of Speaker Hastert deserve credit for their courage in taking on the bloated, sclerotic, spoiled, self-absorbed GOP Washington establishment. As I wrote on this blog yesterday, the problem isn't merely that Hastert was asleep at the switch when told about what to him appeared only slightly icky e-mails from Foley; the problem is that his ethical blindness is part of a longstanding pattern of treating incumbent congressmen of both parties (see the idiotic rush to the defense of Rep. William Jefferson), but especially of Republicans, as if congressmen are a protected class immune to ordinary ethical concerns. There has long been something rotten in the state of the congressional leadership, and this latest outrage should be the cement block that breaks the dinosaur's back. Bossie, Reagan, et al are to be commended for stepping forward immediately to say so.

Music to Philip’s Ears

By on 10.4.06 | 7:45AM

From Politics NH:

* Victory NH has rescheduled its inaugural First in the Nation forum featuring former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from October 12 to November 3, to accommodate unexpected demand for tickets. The event will take place in Manchester and a specific location will be announced in a few weeks. Hizzoner will still take part in a fundraiser for New Hampshire House Republicans on October 12.

(Thanks Granite Grok.)

Corruption Everywhere Past & Present

By on 10.3.06 | 9:21PM

Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who last year spent 10 months in federal prison for accepting lavish gifts from contractors who did business with his state, spoke today at a luncheon here in Raleigh sponsored by the John Locke Foundation (my employer). His speech, titled "The Arrogance of Power," was a timely one, as our state legislature is under fire for ethical lapses, chiefly related to the passage of a state lottery last year. In fact, a former lottery commissioner is currently on trial for his failure to disclose his financial ties to Scientific Games, a vendor that planned to compete for the contract to run North Carolina's lottery. Our governor, Mike Easley, testified today in that trial.

Twisted Twist

By on 10.3.06 | 6:25PM

David Roth, Mark Foley's attorney, is on TV now claiming that Foley was molested by a clergyman as a teen.

Re: The Woodward Magic

By on 10.3.06 | 5:39PM

Looks like it's not working since your post yesterday, Reid.

Incidentally, has anybody else noticed how strange Bob Woodward's speech tones and rhythsm are these days? He sounds like the victim of some nervous disorder.

Sounds of Solidarity

By on 10.3.06 | 3:52PM

"Most Republicans are sticking together."-- Speaker Hastert's spokesman on the Foley affair

Good grief! Isn't there another way to phrase this?

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