Daily Kos: The New Crooked GOP Team? Same as The Old Crooked GOP Team

The New Crooked GOP Team? Same as The Old Crooked GOP Team
by Armando

Politics is a team sport. Nobody can get anything done alone. But in today's Washington, loyalty to the team displaces loyalty to the truth.

This is also true for a certain Neocon columnist for the New York Times, who remains among the most intellectually dishonest columnists working.

Matt Yglesias has an excellent takedown of David Brooks' attempt to float the idea that the GOP leadership has cleaned itself up after Delay's stepdown:

You've gotta love the last graf of David Brook's column on Tom DeLay -- "The old team is dead. Long live the new team." But what new team? Beyond the very narrow issue of participation in a conspiracy to funnel corporate money into the campaign coffers of candidates for the Texas state legislature, the sins of DeLay (which Brooks is very good at pointing to) are simply the sins of the Republican Party writ large 'lo these past five years. It's not as if DeLay's been furiously battling Dennis Hastert, Bill Frist, and George W. Bush due to the massive clash of vision between the GOP's various leaders.

. . . [W]hat new team? Here's the old team: Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Deputy Majority Whip Eric Cantor, Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier. The new team features Speaker Hastert, Majority Whip Blunt, Deputy Whip Cantor, Rules Chariman Dreier, with Majority Leader responsibilities split between Blunt, Dreier, and Cantor. That's as similar to the old team as is legally possible. Call me when something actually changes.

And I think Ed Kilgore is right about the need to tar the entire GOP apparatus to this unprecedented pattern of corruption and extremism:

Tempting as it is to dwell on the possibility that this self-appointed moral arbiter of the nation could soon be strolling the halls not of Congress but of a Texas correctional facility, we urge Democrats to keep focused on a much bigger issue: the systemic pattern of corruption, cronyism, influence-peddling, and partisan intimidation in Washington.

. . . It's time for Democrats to connect the dots, and launch an intense, sustained, united reform message and agenda for the country. DeLay doesn't really matter. What really matters is the system which he has served, and what it has done and is doing to our country.

My one nit with this is the idea of calling this a positive "reform agenda." Unfortunately, the electorate responds to negative messages. Before we talk about a "positive reform agenda," I think we still have a lot of work to do on the "throw the crooks out" piece

Daily Kos: The New Crooked GOP Team? Same as The Old Crooked GOP Team


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