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The House GOP Leaders' Precipitous Fall

The dissolution of a once proud House Republican leadership team is near complete.

Dennis Hastert (Ill.), the affable wrestling-coach-turned-House-speaker, and Deborah Pryce (Ohio), the former head of the GOP Conference, both announced this week that they do not plan to stand for reelection next year, ending political careers that total more than 36 years combined.

Taken in isolation, these announcements aren't earth shattering. Hastert's retirement was long expected. And Pryce's announcement, made yesterday in Columbus, is somewhat of a surprise given how aggressively she had been assembling a campaign operation. Her departure reflects the fact that her central Ohio district had become one of the most competitive in the nation.

Taking the long view, these announcements are the latest in a series of shattering blows to a House Republican leadership team that, prior to 2006, ran the chamber with an iron fist and a view that they would never lose their majority. Of the top six GOP leaders from the last Congress, only Rep. Roy Blunt (Mo.) remains in a leadership position.

It's impossible to overstate how strong willed that leadership team was. Two years ago this week, in a swan song story for our alma mater, Roll Call, The Fix wrote a story headlined, ""GOP Claiming Big Momentum." (Subscription required.) The House had passed a series of bills in late July, including the Central American trade package and an energy bill. Hastert's main ally on K Street, Dan Mattoon, boldly predicted that the chamber would definitely pass "some vehicle" for President Bush's Social Security reform plan. Even the Senate Republicans had reason to crow as Democrats were already signaling they approved of Bush's first Supreme Court choice, soon-to-be-Chief Justice John Roberts.

Politically, the House GOP's campaign arm -- the National Republican Congressional Committee -- had raised $40 million in the first six months of 2005 and was sitting atop $16.4 million cash on hand. Its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was much poorer, boasting just $8.5 million in its coffers and another $3.7 million in debt.

Flash forward two years: The DCCC raised more than $36 million in the first six months of 2007 and has $19.5 million on hand, while the NRCC raised less than $30 million and burned through most of its cash trying to pay off debt from the 2006 elections, leaving it with just $2 million in its bank account.

What happened? Hurricane Katrina served as the kick-start to what wound up being a terrible 14 months for Republicans. The mishandling of the disaster response was followed by the indictment of Majority Leader Tom DeLay (Texas) on state campaign finance charges; the disastrous Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers; and the indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the CIA-leak case. By January 2006 Jack Abramoff had pleaded guilty to bribing unnamed House Republicans and GOP aides, and the Iraq war continued to sink deeper into a quagmire. On Election Day 2006 Democrats didn't lose a single seat and then managed to pick-up 30 GOP seats, thus ending the House Republican reign of the previous 12 years.

Here's the line-up card of the House GOP leadership team from August 2005, with a rundown of what has happened to them since:

Dennis Hastert

* Dennis Hastert: Sometimes called the accidental speaker, Hastert took over after the fall of Newt Gingrich in late 1998, providing a steady leadership that his GOP colleagues loved. Many viewed Hastert as the "good cop" to DeLay's "bad cop" role. After the GOP expanded its majority in 2002 and 2004, many Republicans expected him to graciously retire in Bush's 2nd term for a posh ambassadorship, possibly Japan. Instead, he oversaw the disastrous 2006 session, capped off by the Mark Foley-page scandal in which the ethics committee chided the speaker for his lax oversight despite repeated warnings he and his staff received about Foley's behavior for several years. Since Election Day 2006 Hastert has been mired in legal bills topping $150,000 and has also battled ethics questions about earmarks in highway bills near property he owns in Illinois. He was replaced as GOP leader by Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) after the midterms and will announce his retirement tomorrow.

Tom DeLay

* Tom DeLay: No one epitomized the ruthless Republican rule quite like DeLay, who was so respected by Hastert that in early 2005 -- anticipating the Texas indictment -- Republicans voted to change their internal rules to allow DeLay to keep his majority leader post even if indicted. Democrats howled at the rule change, and the GOP eventually relented, leading to DeLay stepping aside after he was indicted in September 2005, a case that still hasn't been brought to trial. But DeLay's final undoing came in the next six months as two former staffers pleaded guilty to bribery and illegal gratuity charges as part of the Abramoff scandal. In June 2006, DeLay retired and was eventually replaced by Rep. Nick Lampson (D) -- one of the Democrats DeLay had targeted with the controversial Texas redistricting plan earlier this decade.

Roy Blunt

* Roy Blunt: The only member of the '05 leadership team still in a senior position, then the majority whip and now the minority whip. He lost in his bid to become minority leader to Boehner, in part because some GOP rank-and-file members sought a fresher face to lead the conference.

Deborah Pryce

* Deborah Pryce: In early 2005 Pryce was so confident of her own future and the GOP's hold on the majority that she began considering giving up her post as House Republican Conference chairwoman -- No. 4 on the leadership totem pole -- to try to secure the chairman's gavel on the Financial Services Committee, which has broad legislative powers. By the fall of '06, Pryce was trailing badly in race that she rallied to win by just 1,000 votes after spending more than $4.6 million. Rather than face a rematch against Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, Pryce announced her retirement today. Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), who turned 33, succeeded Pryce as conference chair with the start of the 110th Congress.

Jack Kingston

* Jack Kingston (Ga.): Kingston was the vice-chairman of the conference, which made him a critical player in delivering the GOP message. A proponent of new media strategies such as YouTube, Kingston never developed the gravitas to climb higher and lost in his bid to succeed Pryce.

John Doolittle

* John T. Doolittle (Calif.): A DeLay acolyte, Doolittle's future as GOP conference secretary was already murky once the majority leader gave up his leadership post. Doolittle battled his own Abramoff allegations throughout 2006, barely defeating the underfunded Democrat Charlie Brown with less than 50% of the vote. Despite the near loss and Abramoff questions, Doolittle announced a bid for another leadership post after the '06 midterms -- a campaign he gave up in less than a day. Now a back bencher, Doolittle's home was raided by the FBI in April as part of the Abramoff investigation. California Republicans are openly talking about ousting him in a 2008 primary.

By Paul Kane  |  August 17, 2007; 5:00 AM ET
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there is a definate pattern here.

Posted by: BONGO | August 17, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"It's impossible to overstate how strong willed that leadership team was."

Actually, it isn't impossible at all.

They were exactly as strong willed as any group whose lust for power and wealth over-ruled wahtever morals or ethics they may have ever had.

Behind every dictatorship, every facist state, every massacre, every genocide, there is always a similar group of self-serving liars, rationalizing their right to trample on the rights of others.

Whether they do it on the name of God, nationalism, patriotism or just "Good Business", they believe their desires not only outweigh the rights of everyone else, but that everyone else's desires are of no consequence.

They are the antithesis of what citizens of a democracy should be, let alone the leaders of a democracy.

They can't leave Washington quickly enough, and may the deaths of every American soldier who died needlessly for their self-agrandizement haunt them for the rest of their days.

Good Riddance to them all

Posted by: roooth | August 17, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
-James Madison-

Posted by: T. Johnston | August 17, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Why do all these people look so greasy?

Posted by: K | August 17, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

are these the faces and characters of the great U.S. of A.?

no wonder we are sliding into a 3rd world country!

Posted by: private5star | August 17, 2007 11:36 AM | Report abuse

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going" this time to run away from office. Maybe we will not have to wait to Vote The Incumbents Out. Someone should do an environmental study as to why DC has so much foul air.

Posted by: JustMyOpinion | August 17, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

It disgusts me that these people can get away with the things they do without ever having to fear a consequence.None of these people will ever have to pay a price for their arrogance.
These people look greasy because they are greasy.
Delay and Hastert would do well to just depart this mortal coil.

Posted by: porkchop_the_common | August 17, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the Dictator Cheney article

Posted by: rwwatlanta@yahoo.com | August 17, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Same issues that got the Democrats ousted in 1993.

Anyone here remember Dan Rostenkowski?

Posted by: The Cycle | August 17, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

They got the power they lusted for, but they were just too stubborn and had very bad ideas. They harmed this nation and will probably escape any responsiblity for the damage they did. A bunch of loud-mouth arrogant a**holes. As Newt "The Fornicator" Gingrich said back in the day, teaching his minions the way to win elections, "refer to your opponents with terms such as Pathetic Losers.."
Indeed.

Posted by: Tomhere | August 17, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

There are NO "Good Cops" in the GOP's leadership ranks

Posted by: KingCranky | August 17, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

It's really difficult to the point of impossibility to look at any member, branch, part of, or section of the US Congress and consider in the concept of "leadership". Over the last 7 years, at least, the only thing congress has lead anything to is themselves after someone else's money, or their personal members into some instance of buggering. For these slimy weasels to congratulate themselves over anything they have done is like the Roman army honoring themselves over how brightly the Alexandrian library burned.

Posted by: WhizKidz | August 17, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish...

Posted by: TomB | August 17, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Typical Post bias...and has he forgotten that John Boehner is still in the leadership, not just Blunt ??

Posted by: gopjudge | August 17, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible the nightmare is coming to an end? The question is: will we wake up from the nightmare or will it be replaced by an equal or worse nightmare. Let's hope Americans have learned a lesson, at least 75% of Americans, and wake up and actually care about who they elect into positions of responsibility in government.

Posted by: sully | August 17, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Nixons administration were angels compared to this group. My how the mighty have fallen, maybe the truth does matter !

Posted by: John Boyes | August 17, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear it for term limits.

Posted by: robw | August 17, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

What's regrettable about the system is the pandering to power. Sure the leadership team was slimy everyone knew that. However, while in power the press had nothing bad to say about them and together with their President they looted the treasury for a trillion dollars. Good work guys.

Posted by: Bogdanich | August 17, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I've always been opposed to term limits but after seeing both major parties lose the battle to be corrupted over the last 20 years, I am convinced they would be for the good of the country--provided they are reasonable, say 4-5 terms in Congress and two terms in the Senate.

Let's do it, I'm all for it!

Posted by: Doug in Mount Vernon | August 17, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Get a rope!

Posted by: Joe Nevarez | August 17, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't kid yourselves. Boehner is no more moral than the rest of the GOP garbage.
They cannot blame anyone but themselves. They sold their souls to the devil in their lust for power, greed and loyalty to King George Bush, and now they are paying the price.

Good riddance to them all and may they rot in hades.

Posted by: CR | August 17, 2007 1:57 PM | Report abuse

We need to abolish the electoral college.

The electoral college forces us into a two party system by marginilizing any third party. We've had the same two parties for over 150 years!

While I prefer the party that doesn't murder and torture for fun, they weren't any paragons of virtue during there power days.

Posted by: Tim from Silver Spring | August 17, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

It's great there's so much outrage now about how the GOP leadership ran Congress. But why did it take so long? The trampling of democracy and the semi-corruption was all happening 10 years ago.

Posted by: bobbyg | August 17, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Who elected all these creeps? Uh...the American people did. Pretty pathetic.

Posted by: Curmudgeon | August 17, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Waste your days on frivilious irrelevent ammendments like flag burning and boys kissing and you have the failed Rape-Public-Can agenda.

So impotent
So incompetent
So irrelevent

looks like Mr. None of the Above will get the Presidential nomination.

Posted by: Your Conscience | August 17, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party might have some benefit to this county - but running it is clearly not one of them.

After the next election - they'll be free to re-think just what the heck they're doing - other than self-perpetuation of course.

Posted by: Steve | August 17, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Hang your hat on a dry drunk AWOL male cheerleader and you have no one else to blame but yourselves.


RAPE-PUBLIC-CANS rank your favorite failure.

The Hunt for Osama.
The hunt for Mullah Omar.
The hunt for WMD's.
Social Security reform.
Harriet Miers nomination.
Healthcare reform.
Iraqi civil war.
Stage II of Pre-war intelligence.
Katrina rebuilding.
Restoring integrity to the office.
Reducing the debt.
Ports deal.
Susan Ralston.
Philip A. Cooney, the chief of staff to President Bush's Council on Environmental Quality.
Grand Moff Baker.
Gonzogate.
Tobias.
David Safavian.
Scooter Libby.
Claude A. Allen.
Tom Delay's Money laundering trial.
Ney Conviction.
Foleygate.
Cunningham Conviction.
State of Denial.
Ahbramoff.
Missing 8 billion Iraq funds.
Extended tours for military.
Record bankruptcy's.
1.3 TRILLION tax give away while waging two wars.
Increasing National debt to 9 TRILLION, 35% INCREASE.
The UN's irrelevancy.
Yellowcake uranium from Niger .
Tax cuts for the ultra wealthy.
Skyrocketing energy prices.
Stagnant wages.
Iraq Clusterf***.
Taliban resurgence.
Guest visa give-away.
N. Korea with Nukes on Bush watch.
$20 barrel for oil when Chimpy came to office.
Iran dominance?

Posted by: Heterodoxy | August 17, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

While I agree that 3rd parties are marginalized, the assertion (by Tim from Silver Spring) that the electoral college forces that upon us is putting the cart before the horse. Third parties are marginalized by ballot access rules which give preferential treatment to organizations which are not mentioned in the Constitution. These preferential rules at the state level are courtesy of the 2 parties. The state level rules that give all of a states electoral college votes to the party that wins the popular vote in that state are also courtesy of the 2 parties. Or, to be more precise, they are brought to us by the two branches of the single party which continues to rule -- the party of the moneyed elite.

Posted by: Elmo | August 17, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Thank God they are gone. America will be a better place for it. They did nothing but assist Bush in driving our country into the ditch. The past decade should be an example to Americans of what happens when you don't get out and vote!

Posted by: Paul | August 17, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

How about a modified form of term limits - you can serve as many terms as you want - they just *cannot be consecutive*. You would be prohibited from running for office (this includes raising money, forming PACs etc.) while you are *in* office. This would require changing the House term to 4 years and slowly moving towards a rolling election for the House (similar to the Senate - 1/3 every 2 years) to allow for continuity of operations.

Posted by: Russ from Fairfax | August 17, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear WhizKidz,

Please don't refer to the former GOP leadership as a bunch of "slimy weasels." That's an insult to self-respecting weasels everywhere.

Posted by: lennox1 | August 17, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Three words: permanent minority status.

Posted by: Andrew | August 17, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

MO's Roy Blunt and Kit Bond are now doing their Ludendorf impersonations. Ludendorf was the WW I German General who, along with Hindenburg, became virtual co-dictator of the fatherland. By the end of the war, he was directing nearly all operations. When he saw things were headed south, he handed off to civilians. They were stuck making the peace after he lost the war. The General then declared them 'November Criminals' who had 'stabbed Germany in the back'. The Mo's now declare that the Dems are stabbing the US in the back in Iraq - Bush's war that they helped rubberstamp into quagmire. If Blunt is the sole survivor - the GOP is in sad shape.

Posted by: TWstroud | August 17, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

For one thing weasels are lean, mean fighting machines which do all their own fighting. The Republican Leadership were/are a bunch of fat chicken-hawks.

Posted by: Muddy | August 17, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The House GOP Leaders' Precipitous Fall:

If ever a party deserves to fall, it's the present Republican Party. And not simply because Bush is incompetent, or because a few Republicans were caught with their hand in the till. Incompetence and corruption are a given for any political party, and the Republicans have proven no worse than Democrats on this score.

The real problem with the Republican Party is it policies: reckless war, mindless military spending, attemtpt to undermine and even abolish Social Security, its oppostion to unions, working people and even a small increase in the minimum wage, while all the while favoring tax cuts for the rich. On top of this is their utter contempt for the environment. Add to all this, their appeals to racism, homophobia, fear of Mexicans, and just plain ignornace and hatred, and the Republican Party is just simply disgusting.

Posted by: Robert Watson | August 17, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I knew 8 years ago that these cats would hang by their own rope. My radical Left buddies used to get mad at me because I was not "active" enough in fighting these mess the American Fachas had made. But I saw the country was drunk with patriotism, religion and hypocrisy, so I thought they were wasting their time. And I still think they were. This was like a long, bad cold; You had to let it run its course.

Man, what a secret satisfaction to see this happen. I mean, this current GOP has sh** where it eats and I get the feeling they won't be welcome back for dinner in a long, long time.

See when your whole agenda is base on hate, empty idealism, mad hypocrasy and greed, you are bound to fail every single time. The GOP has good people, down at the base, simple Americans I may disagree with, but other than that are fairly decent, everyday people. The problem is their party was hijacked by the Nixonian Cult, and they dragged the whole party down to the guter.

I still remember sitting down with my wife's family, all of which were Limbaugh Republicans, and watched the Republican primary back in 2000. When Bush won over MaCain I knew something was up. I mean, you could not see it, but you felt it: This dark, shawdowy hand pulling the strings behind the scenes.

My only hope is that Americans can now recover from this. I hope they remember that blind patriotism and misguided hate lead to nowhere but your own demise. Throwing your weight around like a drunken hypopotamus leaves you sore, with a bad hang over and no friends.

Posted by: Mighty7 | August 17, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So... Who's the new leadership of the Republican party? I don't mean Minority Whip and all that stuff, I'm talking about the visionaries. Who's taking over as the visible figurehead? More importantly, what's that person's message? What does the GOP stand for these days? Whether you like what he did with it or not, Newt Gingrich did his party a great service in getting them into power in the first place - with a clearly outlined set of goals that their party had for America. Who's doing that now?

Posted by: bsimon | August 17, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's not over folks.

As crazy as it sounds, I await the efforts by Bush and his cronies to try to find a way to suspend the 2008 election, as only the present White House knows how to handle the issues that will "arise". This is a political system so out of touch with the framework of our country that tyranny will be in the forefront. It is not the Republican Party who is most offensive, it is our politicians in general.

George Carlin, the comedian, put it best in a 1996 routine: "where do politicians come from, the public. So what really is the problem; maybe the public sucks. Screw hope."

God I hope I'm wrong!!!

Posted by: Joel from reisterstown MD | August 17, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

What's even more shocking is that the GOP still has so many people rooting for them.

Posted by: Kevin | August 17, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

It would do you all well to read the provisions of the war powers act and you will then see the end game of the Bush republican agenda. Skull and bones is quite firmly in control and any who would pose a threat to their money laundry will suffer the same fate as Jack Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, John Kennedy, Paul Wellstone, ad infinitem. The shear numbers of the crimminal right are staggering and they offer up Rostinkowsky. If you want to know the truth of the beltway boys just make public some well hidden documents and see where the electorate falls if you ever allow another real election.

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | August 17, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Once-proud" House GOP leadership? Proud of what? Iraq? Adding trilions to our debt -- needlessly -- on stupid greedy tax cuts? Their stinking environmental records? Hurting poor children? "Bankrupttcy reform" that stuck middle class families with staggering medical debts -- needlessly? Ripping taxpayers off to pay off drug, defense and banking contributors? These are criminals. Cut the crap and put them on trial and put them in prison where they belong. Starting with Pryce.

Posted by: david scott | August 17, 2007 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to these people, we have just lived through a second aga of the Robber Barons. The fiscal impact of Republicna "leadership" is staggering to behold The entliments crisis is far worse than the day they took officc, thanks to their massive new program, plus Iraq, plus revenue CUTS. What kind of fools spend trillions more anc create new entitlement programs anc CUT revenues? "What we have here is a form of looting." -- Akerloff

Posted by: david scott | August 18, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

All the venom in the comments here show the inability of some to see the forrest for the trees. No political group has done more to destroy this country than those who took control of the congress in 2006. It's gonna be judgement day in 2008!

Posted by: Selrahc | August 18, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans once again showed the counrty that they were a bunch of arogant bast***! They ran up the debt, lied about Iraq, and back in the 1990's after an horrific murder in Gary, Ind. in which an expectant mother was essentially gutted, Newt Gingrich had the audacity to blame it on a Democratic welfare state! All the while the little snoot was morally corrupt himself! Have no fear repukes, the american electorate has never been
accused of being overly intelligent!

Posted by: Dirty Rider | August 18, 2007 8:05 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans once again showed the counrty that they were a bunch of arogant bast***! They ran up the debt, lied about Iraq, and back in the 1990's after an horrific murder in Gary, Ind. in which an expectant mother was essentially gutted, Newt Gingrich had the audacity to blame it on a Democratic welfare state! All the while the little snoot was morally corrupt himself! Have no fear repukes, the american electorate has never been
accused of being overly intelligent!

Posted by: Dirty Rider | August 18, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Please don't remain so over-confident !

One Word: Diebold [now known as Premiere Election Solutions, or some similar alias].

After the 2000 and 2004 election rigging, how has the scenario improved ? In 2006, a Florida House of Rep race was narrowly won by a Repub Hack because 18,000 votes -- all selecting a Democrat candidate "across the board" -- just happened not to vote on the House race.

What was done: Nothing
Who's sitting in D.C.: the Repub Hack

Still no paper trail, etc, etc...

Stalin's still counting the votes.

Posted by: Ultron5 | August 20, 2007 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Geez, even the air-brushing couldn't erase the aura of evil...

Posted by: braultrl | August 20, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

roooth, you speak for millions and millions more that are affraid to eccept reality and feel embarrassed themselves for accepting the truth, because they belong to the "good of the administration"...

Posted by: pietro | August 20, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Ya'll talk as if these creeps are failures -
their list of successes on the part of the
oligarchs of this country is stunning in
it's scope and magnitude.

Grow up.

Posted by: smokinmike | August 20, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Make the term in office eight years instead of the traditional four---four years in public office followed by an automatic four years in jail.

Posted by: MrMarv | August 21, 2007 2:17 AM | Report abuse

My dad always said that his dad always said that each generation has to learn the hard way about the republicans.

The only question is, have we finally had enough? Or will we forget what we have learned when we go into the voting booths? What last minute trick does Bush, Cheney, and (yes) Rove still have up their sleeves?

Wake up America! This is your future you are deciding next year.

Posted by: homeless_hector | August 21, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Why do the guys all look like something stuck in the 50's
OH! That's right , They are.
How can these people walk into their churches on Sunday,(and we all know they do), and pretend to be righteous. Give your $1 and all is forgiven. What a croc!

And by the way, Is old Gonzo the reason that Delay is not in jail yet?

Posted by: jime | August 22, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"A DeLay acolyte"

...that's a good one, the Republican Candlesnuffer's Club... it this akin to that Opus Dei/Bush program, "...no child left behind?"

Delay had a long list of acolytes, with all the Iowa and Kansas Republican Congressmen firmly entrenched among the Texans. Not to mention a long list of other Delay "minions." No telling what they all know about Delay and the Republicans and their arrogant, lawless shenanigans during the 108th and 109th.

They are still trying to buy-off Nussle with an upper-level Bush appointment. One might think Nussle would have the sense to shed himself of the neocons, and he's had to pay hell facing the Democrats scrutiny.

As for the fall of Rrepublican leadership, this is one more classic example of "the higher they are, the further they fall."

Is that what they meant by "momentum?"

Gravity?

Posted by: JEP | August 23, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"each generation has to learn the hard way about the Republicans."

That is very accurate, and a real chuckler...

Garrison Keillor once noted, "The Republicans made thier peace with hypocrisy long ago."

Similar reasoning...

Posted by: JEP | August 23, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Before everyone thrashes the Republicans, remember the folks we put in power. They have not come close to living up to the mission they were given. 18% popularity? Hardly a ringing endorsement by the people. Nancy and Harry can't govern either. A pox on both houses.

Posted by: Emery | August 23, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad trash!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 24, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

The founding fathers wrote the Constitution in such a way that the people's representatives have to return to the people every two years to be re-elected if they want to stay in office.

There was great wisdom in this. When congressmen get so high and mighty that they forget their obligations to the people, including their duty to spend the people's money frugally and wisely, then it is time for them to go, which is what we have seen in the Republican loss of the house in the last election.

One can only hope that new Republican leadership will be able to return to their duties of representing the people who send them to Washington.

Posted by: George | August 24, 2007 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Thank God for Hastert, DeLay, Armey etc... They fought the good fight for years and held back the march toward serfdom for a time.

Posted by: Patriot | August 26, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Face it, centralized government does not Work(for the citizens). The internet has become the appropriate arena. wise up

Posted by: ed | August 26, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Vote Ron Paul in 2008

Small government.

Posted by: Amer-ican | August 26, 2007 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The Bush regime was illegitimate from the beginning.
The first 4 years he was an appointed clerk, placed into office by the Supreme Felons in a judicial Coup.
His second term was another clearly stolen and fraudulent event.
His years are not a failure though, because his criminal compatriots have filled their bank accounts from the blood death and suffering of many.
We all should be thankful that he has been repeatedly blocked from launching an all out nuclear holocaust.

Posted by: Patrick | August 26, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if these politicians ever imagined what a non-war America might actually be like. Peaceful is a word that comes to mind, but that's not a very profitable thought at all.

Posted by: Jeers | August 26, 2007 10:23 PM | Report abuse

First Ronnie's trickle down, then sing free trade, then Iran Contra and first George's S&L rip, then Gulf War I positioning, then sing free trade, then comes Billie NAFTA - WTO - GATT, then sing free trade, then health care for all lobbyist and con gress, then sing free trade, then George again, Afghaniscam and Gulf War II. Now we're broke, no middle class, high taxes, massive debt (both private and public), the dollar is dying with massive trade deficits, and here comes Hellary Bush-Clinton, do you know what I Mena? Not to worry, help is just one Diebold voter away.......

Posted by: enough is enough | August 26, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The House and Senate approval ratings are as such because the Democrats are unable to push their agenda. A Bush veto silently awaits every attempt. Once the rest of the Republican dog bastards are thrown in hell next year, an overwhelming majority of seats will return to Democracy. Ah but, it won't matter then will it, the God damn bastard Bush will be out of office, whether voluntarily or dragged.

Posted by: Josh | August 27, 2007 1:30 AM | Report abuse

"... the God damn bastard Bush will be out of office, whether voluntarily or dragged."

Better the devil you know?

You have no idea the Dem agenda in store for you. Have you taken a real good look at the actions of Pelosi since her ascendence?

We are going to be doing Israel's heavy lifting ad infinitum, or until we run out of money and bullet stoppers.

Ron Paul 2008!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2007 6:47 AM | Report abuse

The only hope is Ron Paul to rebuild the republican party to what it was meant to be not neo-comms.

Posted by: Steve | August 27, 2007 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Not only is this good news, but there is one more thing that should be heard.
McKinney, Sheehan, Tarpley Warn Of New Cheney 911. This is interesting to read.


http://www.rense.com/general78/warning.htm

Posted by: opinionguy | August 27, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Since chavez and his Bulvar revloution of freedom for the masses
that has deprived America from plundering his country and other countries in South America . Now that the rich Industrialists , wealthy elite, bilderbergers and trilateralists find that the people are never defeated they can only be asleep whether long slumber or short nap
sooner or later they rise from their slumber and take back their country
not by a broken politco but by way of assuring that freedom rings
I SHUDDER TO THINK OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE POLITICO IN AMERICA SHOULD THE MASSES IN AMERICA EVER BECOME EDUCATED AND REALIZE
HOW THE ELITES ARE NOW FEEDING OFF OF THEM TO FEED THEIR COFERS AND USE BLACKMAIL TO
SUBVERT DEMOCRACY ITSELF TO THE LEVEL OF A PONZI SCHEME
that is slanted in favour of the 2% ultra rich elites and shunted away from the poor and now the middle class will be shunted
they send the jobs off shore this is not an American value
they totally subverted the political system in America no not an American value
saubverted the education system
where now the rich get it all and the poor are shafted is this an Amewrican value

the country is on the brink of financial armegideon

Americans So destitute that they are completely demoralized, paralized with fear in the safest country on earth and /or drunk ,ignorant to the level of grade 3-5 level of education wholly or on a partial basis
from the man on the street (Q)do you know where america is on the map
(A) er , hmmm,I think they should help the iraq people so that we can get all Americans maps

The American people are so badly educated and ignorant that even the best they could muster to present to the world as their leader the one who speaks for them and leads them on all matters
MR Bush hasn't got a clue either
you know then that the richest country in the world isn't even competing on a third world level that Something is wrong The bond to the people is broken
the corporations now get the Attention and even after being warned by Ike not to let the War , Industrial coplexe run the country
it is clearly a day when all Americans the most unwashed ignorant souls pull together with all Americans and create a new deal where all AMericans are taken care of not just the elites and their robots
they have transformed the American dream into The American Nightmare
Be afraid be very afraid

Posted by: DAVID | August 27, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

We still have the slimmest thread of HOPE:

Brief Overview of Congressman Paul's Record:

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war.

He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

VOTE RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008

www.ronpaul2008.com

Posted by: Anthony Mazziotti | August 28, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

The citizens always deserve the govt they elect

Posted by: jojo | August 29, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The new Mississippi Choctaw Chief in July 2007 said that the Choctaw Indians had paid a total of $13,000,000 to Kill the Alabama Education Lottery (1999) to defeat Gov. Siegelman by getting Riley elected governor and for Riley to oppress the AL. Poarch Indians so that they would not be a threat to the Mississippi Choctaw Indians.

$$$$$$$ Millions of dollars of illegal money came into Alabama and no one has been indicted or prosecuted by the AL. Attorney General, the Al. Bureau Of Investigations, the U.S. Attorneys, the FBI or by the AL. Ethic Commission???

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon used scare tactics to con millions of dollars out of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians making them think that if AL. got its own lottery that they would lose the gambling money that came out of AL. and from the southeastern coastal states that drove across AL. to gamble in Mississippi.

Bush has banned Lady Justice from Alabama. The only person that has been prosecuted is the person who was the victim of the Rove/Abramoff's conspiracy, who was then governor of (1999-2002) AL. Don Siegelman (D).

To defeat the 1999 Siegelman's Education Lottery Campaign, these two cons set up several Fake Christian and family Coalitions/groups to act as a front and to laundry money. They got the then congressman Bob Riley to sign letters that they sent out to the AL. churches to oppose the education lottery in the name of Christianity. Riley says that he is innocent and has no remorse for publicly and financially ruining Siegelman.

Laura Canary (the U.S. Attorney who brought charges against Siegelman) was placed over the Class 3 Gambling committee by Riley which regulates the AL. Poarch Indians.

John McCain was the senate chairman over Indian Affairs who conducted the congressional investigation. In the election of 2002 J.A. and M.S. laundered hundred of thousands of dollars of Choctaw money through the Republicans Governors Assoc. Riley denied any wrong doing. The RGA told the McCain committee that it all came from individual donations??? Riley said that he is innocent.

It seems to me that the McCain Senate Committee, the prosecuting U.S. Attorney Hillman and the FBI stopped when the investigation of the biggest U.S. fraud in a decade got to the Alabama state line.

Bob Riley is being groomed for a vice president running mate in 2008. It will be interesting to see if he is McCain's running mate??? Over the last few months the Republicans have really been pouring billions of dollars of government contracts, ear marks and education grants into Alabama trying to make AL. Gov. Riley look good.

Posted by: Rev Bob Richardson | September 9, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Good research and concise. You have me convinced that Ron Paul is our one hope.
Thank's Tony Mazz!

Posted by: Teresa Averso | September 26, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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