Thursday, October 06, 2005
Howard Dean Cites GOP's "Culture of Corruption"
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told "MSNBC Hardball" host Chris Matthews Wednesday that the biggest issue in the 2006 midterm elections will be the Republican Party's "culture of corruption" brought on by twice-indicted Tom Delay, the SEC-investigated Bill Frist, the suspected treasonous perjurers Karl Rove and Cheney chief Lewis "Scooter" Libby, indicted Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and other key GOP figures.
While the war in Iraq has become highly unpopular among a majority of Americans according to recent polls, many, including Dean, believe the bigger opportunity for Democrats next year is using Bush's own 2000 campaign mantra of "restoring honor and integrity to the White House" against the party and its incumbents. Not only has the Bush administration not fulfilled this promise, but it's gone recklessly, irresponsibly and arrogantly in the opposite direction.
"You can't trust Republicans with your money," said Dean. "Not only can they not handle, in terms of driving up huge deficits, but it turns out they're also putting it in their own pockets. Nobody likes corruption. Not conservatives, not liberals, not Democrats, not Republicans." The Democrats' firebrand voice in Washington was referring to, among other current GOP scandals, the free junkets and travel lavished on Delay and his aides by recently indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff; Delay's fundraising schemes involving TRMPAC-raised cash that was laundered through the RNC and returned to Texas Republicans running for re-election under Delay's 2004 redistricting map; and the allegations of Frist's insider-trading activities involving family-owned HCA Corp. shares.
The stink in D.C. is certainly putrid these days. Whether the Dem's can turn it into a coherent, effective and winning campaign theme is yet to be seen. Andy