Sweet deals from the corrupt GOP liars

From The Hill's E-News:
After switching parties last summer, Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.) denied that GOP leaders offered him a spot on the coveted Appropriations Committee if he joined their ranks. A month later, Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.) refuted rumors that he was tendered a spot on the Ways and Means Committee as a reward for not launching a Senate bid.

Fast forward to this week -- when House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) unveiled committee assignments for the 109th Congress. Not surprisingly, Alexander landed a spot on Appropriations and Beauprez secured a Ways and Means seat. Look for politicians to continue denying these kinds of deals are made even though they are commonplace on Capitol Hill.

At least among Republicons.

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Anti-corruption candidate needed
We need to find a viable outsider who can run on an anti-corruption, fiscal responsibility platform in 2008.  If Perot hadn't been a certifiable loon he would've won in 1992, and the country still has an unrequited desire for an outsider to come in and clean house.  The corrupt cesspool of Republican governance would be a target-rich environment for that type of candidate.
by Steve in Sacto 2005-01-27 01:13PM | 0 recs
Let's keep it real, Jerome.
Yes, it is awful!  The power of politics at its worse:  Jockeying for key committee seats through pressure and bribery!  

But us Democrats are just as bad.  When we controlled Congress, oh my...we were just as bad.  Remember Speaker Tip O'Neal?  Remember Senator Johnson?

So please, let's keep it in perspective by informing your MyDD audience/participants that every House and Senate leader (majority and minority) have done the same thing(s).  

A good example:  Remember when and how Senator Clinton got on the highly visible Armed Services Committee?  Remember the DNC $$$ that saved Senator Landrieu's Louisiana campaign at crunch time?  There was a trade-off for that.  Landrieu lost Armed Services to Clinton.  The irony is the overwhelming presence of DoD in Louisiana.  Landrieu is now on Appropriations, but losing Armed Services is still a tough pill to swallow.  And all this happened while in the minority.  

To the point.  There is no law against jockeying or bribery (or, "negotiating") for committee assignments.  The benefits of Congress making its own rules and laws: appealing for Democrats and Republicans, minority and majority.

by Bill70 2005-01-27 01:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Let's keep it real, Jerome.
Well said, good sir.

The New Democrat

by demburns 2005-01-27 01:46PM | 0 recs
Remember when?
For a brief history of [Political corruption joanne.casson@landmarkescrow.com] and liberals have never been slow to criticize Democratic corruption and failure to reform.

What's your point Bill70? Should we give Republicans a pass on far worse corruption? Is corruption all of a sudden OK because we have to unite behind a war time president? Should we wait for Rush Limbaugh to start raising the problem of Republican corruption? Maybe if Gonzalez is by some travesty allowed to become Atty. Gen. he will investigate Republican corruption. Feel free to hold your breath Bill70.

Clinton could have gotten any seat on any committee for the asking, simply because she had instant credibility and instant media attention the day she walked in the Senate chamber.  

by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
Busted link to brief history of political corruption.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 02:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
Jolly:

I agree.  Clinton didn't get a seat on Armed Services b/c she helped with campaigns and fundraising...she got a seat b/c she is fricken Hillary.  It would be dumb for the Dems to put her on the subcommittee for e-waste when her presence alone gathers have the committee's votes.  This was smart.

by schweiz8 2005-01-27 02:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
Schweiz8,

If the Senator from Louisiana had an easy campaign (or no campaign that year), the Senator for Louisiana would still be on Armed Services.
There would be no possible vacancy for Clinton.

You do not believe this?  Then go look it up!  Call up your Senator's office and talk with a staffer.  This issue is common knowledge.  

by Bill70 2005-01-27 03:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
If it's common knowledge then you should be able to provide a link to a news source. The burden to prove your allegation is on you Bill70. There is no burden to disprove a falsehood. Maybe you should examine your standards for slander.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 05:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
For example, here's a diary I did on Documented Republican Corruption last year. This is just skimming the surface of the depths the Republican party has sunk. One of my favorites is Party Down:Like the Democrats during the 1970s, today's GOP is hidebound and out of touch.

It is quite easy to find links to "common knowledge" Bill70. Pony up, or shut up.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 05:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
Oh, JollyBuddah.

You need a big hug.  

Why?

Because you're a BIG BLOGGER BULLY!

Are you that pissed with life that it is necessary to be as abrasive as possible with complete strangers?    

C'mon.  Have a laugh.

by Bill70 2005-01-27 05:23PM | 0 recs
Jokes on you Bill70
Calling people on their B.S. is not bullying. If you consider being challenged to back up your accusations abrasive, perhaps you should  consider your statements more carefully.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 07:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Jokes on you Bill70
Oh, JollyBuddah.

rrrrrr.  You're so in need of a hug.

Clinton would never have gotten that committee assignment if it was not for the tuff Louisiana run-off of 2002.  Go google it yourself.  Bully.

by Bill70 2005-01-27 07:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Jokes on you Bill70
Apparently being a bully is in the eye of the beholder, but if you keep offering me hugs people are going to start getting ideas.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 07:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Remember when?
"What's your point Bill70? Should we give Republicans a pass on far worse corruption?"

No.  We are closer to agreement than you may realize.  

My point is to keep things in perspective.  Hannity and Limbaugh do not.  But that does not mean that we should steer toward that direction.  Guilt by association is very hard to overcome.  

We should not associate ourselves with common slander.  Keep our opinions in perspective!

by Bill70 2005-01-27 03:08PM | 0 recs
Tell it to Hannity
because I don't want to hear it. Screw perspective and what does slander have to do with anything? This diary is about corruption as clear as the franking privilege scandal that got Gingrich's panties in a bunch. The time for perspective stopped with the swiftboat liars for Bush. The time for perspective stopped when Frist went to S. Dakota to campaign against Daschele. The time for perspective stopped when DeLay and Hastert stalled Verified Paper Trail Ballot legislation for two years.  

Oh yeah, the time for perspective stopped when Dennis "big fat liar" Hastert accused George Soros, on Faux News, of getting his income from running a drug cartel. Now that's slander. If you want to complain about slander send an email to Hastert.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-01-27 03:16PM | 0 recs
This kind of thing is commonplace
on the hill and as far as I know always has been. It's called deal making and it is part of how politics works.

Now... that said... lying about it is still lying. The neat thing about bloggers is that this thing doesn't happen behind closed doors any longer and people can be held accountable for the deals they cut and they can be held accountable for the lies they tell. No need to rely on the media (though it is nice when they help and would be nicer if they actually did their jobs and helped out on this sort of thing more often) bloggers can uncover, research, quote, and hold the politicians accountable... for the deals, the people they deal with (politics and strange bedfellows), and most importantly... the lies they tell about it.

by Andrew C White 2005-01-27 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: This kind of thing is commonplace
I was going to say the same thing. Greasing the wheels IS politics, and it's been that way since Roman senators did it. Hell, even Sacrates and Plato bitched about dirty politicking. Both parties do it.
by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-01-27 05:54PM | 0 recs
Re: This kind of thing is commonplace
That's why Dean needs to take over the party.  Enough of the lies.
by CentrismIsForLosers 2005-01-28 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: This kind of thing is commonplace
If you think Dean is the messiah of politics who will somehow eliminate shady deal-making that has existed in politics for millenia, even if among just one party, you are going to be sorely disappointed.

Maybe he can cure cancer, raise the dead, and part the sea while he is at it.

by Vote Hillary 2008 2005-01-28 05:32PM | 0 recs

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