Sunday, September 25, 2005

The Republican Hall of Shame

I plan to update this on a weekly basis. Please feel free to add names in the comments section. To begin with, I am just typing these in from the top of my head, so some details may not be fully accurate, but the flavor is there. Listed in absolutely no particular order!

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby: Vice President Dick Cheney's chief adviser was indicted on five charges on 10/28/2005 in the CIA leak investigation and resigned from his White House position.
Karl Rove:Accused of outing a CIA operative. See Plamegate below
Michael Brown: Michael D. Brown nominated by George W. Bush as the first Under Secretary of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Department of Homeland Security in January 2003. Unqualified and resigned. Resume inflator!
Bernard Kerrick: Nominated to head the Department of Homeland Security. Withdrew name when it was learned he had a "love nest" overlooking ground zero. Oh, and he had not paid SS taxes for his children's nanny.
Alberto Gonzales: Condones and encourages torture of prisoners.
John Bolton: Just plain old bizarre!
Lester Crawford: Resigned two months after his Senate confirmation as head of the FDA.
David Safavian: Joined the Bush administration in 2002 as chief of staff of the General Services Administration. Resigned and then arrested three days later on charges of making false statements and obstructing a federal investigation.
Tom DeLay: House Majority Leader. Indicted in Texas. Numerous ethics violations. Instrumental in killing a bill that would have precluded slave labor and prostitution in United States protectorates.
Bill Frist: Insider trading. Family medical business from which he made much of his money performs abortions, even though he says he is against abortions. Practices arm chair diagnosis of patients.
Bob Ney: Ohio congressman involved in tribal gambling scandle with Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff.
Larry Franklin: Pentagon analyst charged with providing officials in the pro-Israel lobby ( American Israel Public Affairs Committee AIPAC) with classified defense information. His boss Douglas Feith and of his boss's boss Paul Wolfowitz.
Arnold Schwarzenneger: Gropenator of California

Other Notables!
Jack Abramoff: Lobbyist. Recently indicted in Miami on wire-fraud charges. Accused in Senate testimony of cheating Indian-casino clients out of tens of millions of dollars in fees that he allegedly diverted to personal and political causes. (Newsweek: A golf outing trips up a widening circle of power brokers.)
Rush Limbaugh: A liar addicted to oxycontin, while assailing others who are addicted to drugs.

Ralph Reed: Former head of the Christian Coalition. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff sought guidance from political strategist Ralph Reed in disguising Indian tribal money sent to anti-gambling campaigns whose leaders were wary of accepting casino cash, according to documents released Wednesday. The e-mail exchanges also indicate that Reed knew from the beginning of his professional association with Abramoff in 1999 that a Mississippi Indian tribe with casino interests was bankrolling much of his anti-gambling activity in Alabama against a state-sponsored lottery and video poker.

What's your favorite scandal?
Coingate:According to Wikipedia, "Coingate is a nickname for an investment scandal in Ohio revealed in early 2005 in part by Ohio newspaper Toledo Blade. The Ohio government's Bureau of Workers' Compensation fund (BWC) invested hundreds of millions of dollars in high risk or unconventional investment vehicles run by people closely connected to the Ohio Republican party who had made large campaign contributions to many senior Republican party officials." Coingate
Plamegate: Term for "an ongoing United States political scandal which has origins in the Iraq disarmament crisis of late 2002, and concerned the identification of Valerie Plame, wife of retired ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, as a CIA 'operative on weapons of mass destruction' in a July 2003 column in the Washington Post by conservative pundit Robert Novak. ...The Plame Affair includes the subsequent Special Counsel investigation by appointee Patrick Fitzgerald into the actions of Bush administration officials —including Karl Rove, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Ari Fleischer, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and unknown others— regarding their knowledge of the leak of Plame's identity." Plamegate


At 6:21 PM, Blogger BO said...


At 12:51 PM, Blogger SisterAct said...

We can't take pleasure in what these people have been doing to our country, but we can certainly take great pleasure in the fact that their doings are becoming public and that at least some of them will actually be held accountable for their actions.

Go, Patrick Fitzgerald! With his diligence and steadfastness, may he continue to bring the truth to light. We know that the Scooter Libby indictment brings us closer, but is only the beginning.

Unfortunately, the shameless Bush adminstration simply turned around and put Michael Brown under contract after his resignation. And Tom DeLay, of course, is entirely blameless. (If liberals / progressives were truly honest, we'd surely realize that without being told!)


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