Add another disgusting pig to the list

Chris Shays takes himself off the ever-shrinking “intelligent Republican” list by saying, in re Foley, at least no one died like in Teddy Kennedy’s car.

It’s only a matter of time before they start blaming things on Woodrow Wilson.

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7 comments so far

  1. argh_jim on

    Well, everyone knows it goes all the way back to the first Democratic President, Jefferson. All his talk about “freedom” and “rights”. Weak on defense, I say!

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      Well, it’s really the fault of that pesky Constitution. It was written by a bunch of radicals and liberal extremists, and I hear that some of them even grew marijuana.

  2. avon_deer on

    Not that I understand the background of this whole thing, but to say something like seems a bit off. Someone died for goodness sake. Surely using their name as a political tool is in bad taste at the least?

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      It’s not only that, but the Chappaquiddick incident referred to was almost FORTY YEARS AGO. So apparently bad behavior by one Democrat in 1969 is supposed to absolve all Repugs for all bad behavior for all time.

      I mean, this is low and disgusting, even by their standards.

  3. nsingman on

    Woodrow Wilson does deserve quite a bit of blame. The Federal Reserve, military conscription, an unnecessary war and his ferocious racism make him an easy target.

    Shays is clearly attempting to point out that Democratic outrage is rather selective and politically motivated, and he’s right. But he’s still engaged in a tu quoque fallacy. If Foley’s crude behavior was covered up by the House leadership, they can’t escape scrutiny by saying that Democrats have done far worse (and they have), because Republicans have done even worse (particularly if you go back to the first Republican president).

    And that’s why I won’t vote for Republicans or Democrats. :-)

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I disagree. This Democrat was quite censorious of Clinton when his affair came out–I just didn’t think it was worthy of impeachment. You’ll find plenty of examples of Democrats speaking out against the Monica affair; granted, more among the pundrity than the electocracy, but even then, remember one of the reasons Gore chose Lieberman in ’00. You didn’t have the lockstep, mindless defense of Clinton’s activity that you do of Foley, Hastert and Reynolds, to say nothing of Dumbass and Darth Cheney.

      I very much disagree. You don’t see Republicans standing up right now and saying “That was wrong, and our leadership owes our party and the people an explanation!” Instead, you see Republicans standing up right now and dredging up Democratic misdeeds that are entirely and completely unrelated to the matter at hand, doing everything but taking responsibility–least of all, those who have the responsibility to take in this situation. At least Foley had the decency to resign when he realized he was caught–and that gives him a leg up on Louisiana Democrat Rep. William Jefferson who refused to resign when caught with the goods this year. And he was publicly asked to stand down by the leadership. Of course, they can’t force a resignation anymore than Hastert could’ve forced Foley to resign (had he bothered to even ask), but at least the Dems took action against one of our own–including stripping him of his important Ways and Means committee assignment–rather than covering up.

      I would like to believe that Hastert and Reynolds’ first thoughts would’ve been “We have to tell him to resign or we go public,” not “Well, we need every seat we can get, and he’s a money man too, maybe no one will notice.” But the fact is, they didn’t, and trying to imply that it’s okay by dredging up a scandal nearly forty years gone is simply despicable, and no more.

      And being balanced doesn’t mean shrugging it off with a “Well, both sides are dirty.” Because right now, the Repubs are a lot dirtier, and misdeeds four decades gone are hardly relevant to what Foley did to underage boys the last several years. I might also add that what happened to Ted Kennedy at Chappaquiddick happened once, not over a period of ten years with the leadership of his party covering up for him all the way. And let’s not forget that whether or not you think the slap on the wrist he got was a fair punishment (and it can be argued that the other price he paid was to forever have the presidency be beyond his reach because of this), he also at least had the decency to publicly admit he was wrong.

      You’d think they’d remember the most true thing Richard Nixon ever said: it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up that does you in.

  4. jayteeone on

    Once again proof that power corrupts, even Republicans who fear their time in power is coming to an end.


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