Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ugly men and their ugly deeds

To quote Maureen Dowd in today's NYT:
"When Dick Cheney tells you you've gone too far, you know you're way over the edge."

Doesn't he look a bit like the horse guy from Ren and Stimpy?

"No sir, I don't like it."

Cartoonish faces aside, this is so interesting because DeLay could easily become the fall guy for the entire administration. If we let him. I think that there needs to be a plan in place to make absolutely sure that no misdeeds by people other than Tom DeLay will fall down the memory hole when Tom takes the fall. In fact, there is a plan in place, thanks to Shakespeare's Sister, to deal with the whole circus that is bound to come from all this:

This is our collective job as I see it:

1. Celebrate.

2. Refuse to allow the GOP to singularly pin DeLay as the face of their radical agenda. They’ve gone too far, and they know it. They need someone to take a fall, and DeLay, the coverage of whose blatant malfeasance was getting ever more difficult to contain, was the best option. If they are successful in sticking him with the sole responsibility for the insidious wingnuttery that has gripped our Congress, they will be able to distance themselves from their agenda as its designated posterboy crumbles and return to promoting the same extremism behind the scenes, as they were before they crossed the line. What we cannot do is allow them to effectively use DeLay to draw a line between them and their abhorrent objectives. He was an operative—a damn successful one, but still just an operative nonetheless. They will want to use him as a scapegoat; it’s up to us to make sure everything they’ve done stays attached to them, and all sense of the need for accountability doesn’t leave with DeLay.

3. Make sure that a DeLay departure does not usurp media attention if Frist goes for the nuclear option. There would undoubtedly be a media frenzy surrounding a DeLay fall from grace; it would be the perfect time for Frist and his minions to surreptitiously pass, as Mr. Shakes calls it, the “this country is now a dictatorship” legislation, rendering filibusters obsolete.

Nothing happens in a vacuum with this administration. DeLay suddenly having lost his protection, finding himself naked, cold, and alone on the front page of the Washington Post, was not inevitable, not in this media climate. This is an orchestrated takedown, and you can bet your boots it’s a red herring for something. We’ve just got to make sure we keep our eyes peeled for exactly what that something is.

Shorter: if Frist gets Frisky in the Senate, we need to keep the heat on.

This is not a mistake or a surprise to anyone- something's up.

In the meantime, I might just hold a party when he DOES go down, because it's important to eat, drink and be merry in these times. It's what keeps us from living like Winston Smith.


  1. Call the police!!!! ; )

  2. Hmmmmmmm. Rubber nipples? What 'er they good for?


  3. the horse from R&S? Good call, but I maintain his face looks like nothing so much as a anthropomorphized ham-bone.