Republicans Squirm; Bush Orchestrates another “Rally”
After squirming in the spotlight for the past few weeks, the House of Representatives has finally admitted that the national IQ isn’t low enough to be fooled by their smoke and mirrors. They grudgingly voted 406 to 20 to revoke their rule changes which had basically castrated the House Ethics Committee.
Republicans have been trying to “investigate” Tom DeLay using this pitiful, toothless Ethics Committee that couldn’t have found the Ku Klux Klan guilty of racism. Even with the whitewashing rules revoked, the committee is still stacked with Republicans who are fiercely loyal to DeLay, but at least this is a step in the right direction.
The former chairman of the Ethics Committee, Joel Helfley (R-CO), was kicked out of the committee by House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Helfley had the nerve to admonish DeLay on several previous investigations.
Could this be another bad sign for DeLay? Bush held one of his famous pre-arranged, orchestrated “rallies” to show his support for Delay. And — Surprise! — the audience was full of “spontaneous” cheers and hollers for good ol’ Tom DeLay.
These invitation-only, scripted “rallies” and “meetings” are Bush’s favorite method for showing the groundswell of public support for dismantling Social Security. Maybe this slippery tactic is a sign of desperation. Let’s hope Tom DeLay’s political career and Bush’s attacks on Social Security are both heading for a downward spiral.