DELAY IS A CORRUPT & LOATHSOME HACK-- BUT THE DEMS HAVE A MIRROR IMAGE: RAHM EMANUEL

I'm investigating a number of races around the country so I can write about them for Down With Tyranny and I keep stumbling across the same villain no matter where I go, someone who I would have to say looks very much like the Democrats' very own Tom DeLay. His name is Rahm Emanuel and he fancies himself an old-time political boss, obsessed with power and a delusionary "ends justify the means" mantra.

Emanuel is on a crusade to root idea-oriented progressives and local activists out of races in districts with endangered Republican incumbents. Half the time I find a solid citizen looking to challenge a corruption-tainted Republican or an extremist who is out-of-touch with his district, I am finding that Emanuel has moved in with a wad of cash (and with big name national Democrats, some of whom have actual credibility with progressives like Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi-- watch yer back, babe-- and John Kerry) on behalf of life-long Republicans who he convinces to switch parties to run as "Democrats."

I wasn't even looking into the race to replace Katherine Harris in Florida's 13th CD yet. But I stumbled on this fascinating article by Bullwinkle at OurCongress.org, called "Helping Fight DCCC Interference in Florida Races". Read it because Emanuel is as much-- exactly as much-- a threat to democracy as Tom DeLay. And read Alexander Cockburn's story on Emanuel from December 9th's COUNTERPUNCH called "Only Millionaire Fence Straddler Need Apply". And one more on this creep: don't leave out "The Enforcer," a Hammer-like story, in ROLLING STONE. With ethicless scumbags like Rahm Emanuel and the crew of nitwits and scoundrels he's recruiting, the Republican vision will win even if the Republican Party loses.

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Re: DELAY IS A CORRUPT LOATHSOME HACK

You've got to be kidding!

Delay is under indictment.
He may face another indictment in the Jack Abramhoff scandal.
He is an integral part of the K Street Project, which is far more corrupt than anything Rahm Emanuel has done.

And that's just for starters...

by v2aggie2 2006-02-04 07:59PM | 0 recs
Re: DELAY IS A CORRUPT LOATHSOME HACK

Yes, DeLay is under indictment. I started this diary with a subject line that refers to him as a "corrupt loathsome hack." I probably would have added more decorative words but there was no room according to the house rules here. My point, though, was that as we clean out the Republican culture of corruption in DC, it will simply sink progressive values in the long run if Democratic career pols with no sense of those values just seek to replace GOP corruption with Democratic corruption-- the way the Gingrich "Revolution" did in 1994. And make no mistake about it, the Democrats in power tend to be almost as corrupt as this DeLay crew! Mark Taibbi has an excellent story in Rolling Stone called "The Harder They Fall" which I heartily recommend. He closes with a warning progressives need to pay attention to as the Rahm
Emanuels on "our" side run wild: "The Democrats, whose innocence in the crimes of the last five years to date corresponds exactly to their lack of opportunities for corruption, may now get a chance at the helm. But it won't take much exposure to cheap stunts like a beaming Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi signing a 'Declaration of Honest Leadership' before people begin to remember how much the other guys can suck, too. Bush haters are celebrating this week as old villains descend to the death chamber, but they should be careful what they wish for. Trusting Washington to fix itself is a whole new kind of torture."

I did a diary at Down With Tyranny a couple weeks ago that expands on this,
"Democratic Stealth Candidates For Congress"
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by DownWithTyranny 2006-02-05 10:14AM | 0 recs

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