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At the moment, Democrats are convinced the country has turned against the war in Iraq. So House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is quite comfortable declaring the war a "grotesque mistake" and boasting that she has thought so from the start. Senator Edward Kennedy felt confident enough last week to inform American generals home from Iraq that the war is an "intractable quagmire." This prompted a sharp rebuke from General George Casey, the top commander in Iraq. "You have an insurgency with no vision, no base, limited popular support, an elected government, committed Iraqis to the democratic process, and you have Iraqi security forces that are fighting and dying for their country every day," Casey said. "Senator, that is not a quagmire."

The Comparison That Ends the Conversation 

Senator Is Latest to Regret Nazi Analogy

From: The Rush Limbaugh Show

RUSH: Let's now look at a montage of how Democrats reacted to Trent Lott's apology -- and, by the way, there wasn't just one Trent Lott apology. There were five. Trent Lott apologized five times! Not one of them was accepted. We have a montage here, December 2002, from Democrats and John McCain, reacting to Lott's apology. We've got governor Cuomo, we have former Texas governor "Ma" Richards. We have the former head of the NAALCP Kweisi Mfume. We have Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu. We have California representative Maxine Waters, and the president and founder of the PUSH and Monochrome Coalition, the Reverend Jackson, along with Senator McCain. Here was what they had to say about Trent Lott's apology.

COOOMO: Trent Lott speaks for the Republican Party. It was terrible.

RICHARDS: Had a Democrat said what Trent Lott said, there would had been no question about whether or not that Democrat would have stayed on or not.

MFUME: We think he should resign, and we think the party should find a way to make that happen.

LANDRIEU: The real issue is does the Republican Party think this should be their leader. I can promise you, if a Democratic leader said something like this or close to this, their leadership position would be pulled.

WATERS: Trent Lott has made yet another statement consistent with his long history of supporting segregation and separatism and now it's gotten to the point where it's downright racism.

JACKSON: Trent Lott's redemption will come through action, not just through words.

MCCAIN: I believe that Trent Lott ought to hold a press conference, restate his commitment to equal opportunity, his abhorrence of discrimination of any kind and answer questions and make a compelling case.

RUSH: All right, now, that's how to Democrats play ball in these sorts of circumstances and this is how the Republicans play ball. Durbin doesn't apologize and we say, "Well, that's great, Senator! We're looking forward to working with you again. Hubba hubba! Let's move on. You're a great guy." Mario Cuomo: "Trent Lott speaks for the Republican Party." Well, so does Dick Durbin, but you didn't have a Republican anywhere with clout saying it. You didn't have an elected Republican saying it. We said it here, and we've been saying it for years and years and years, things like it, but you didn't hear it from elected Republicans in Washington. "Ma" Richards: "If a Democrat had said what Trent Lott said, there would have been no question about whether or not the Democrat would have stayed on or not." We just found evidence that Ma Richards didn't know what she's talking about. Mfume: "We think he should resign and we think the party should find a way to make that happen." Landrieu: "If a Democrat leader said something like this or close to this then their leadership position would be pulled." What did Lott say? He just said, you know, Strom, the country would have been a lot better off if you'd have won back in 1948.

And you compare that to Durbin comparing US interrogators and US military people and America in general to Nazism, Stalinism, and Pol Potism, and I ask you: Did one Democrat dissent? Other than Richard Daley, did one Democrat suggest, "We don't want this kind of man speaking for us in our party, particularly the #2 leadership position"? Nope. Did the Republicans come forward and say, "We gotta get Lott outta there! We can't put up with this. This is bad news for us. We gotta throw him overboard"? Yes, they did, and you might say, "Come on, Rush! One's about race and one's not." That's a good point. I think it's time to stand up on this stupid race business, too. They charge racism every time somebody makes one comment that the left disagrees with about it and as long as you keep running with your tail between your legs they're going to keep acting this way and they're going to keep forcing people from office this way. To argue that this country is racist and has not changed since the days of slavery and the '64 Civil Rights Act is just wrong. It's blind, and it is purposeful. It's just silly, and then McCain (impression) says, "Trent Lott, hold a press conference. Yeah, restate. He's not a racist and I'm not, either! That's what I'm worried about. Everybody is going to think I'm a racist unless I go out there and dump on Trent Lott. I gotta do it to save myself and the stupid party I'm a member of, damn it!"

 That's how the Republicans deal with this stuff. Now, let me go to our Nexis research. I'm holding here the Gannett News Service, essentially USA Today, from December 11th, 2002. Here's the headline: Democrats Reject Lott's Apology. "Republican leader Trent Lott's apology for saying the country would have been better off if elected a pro-segregation president in 1948 fell flat with many black lawmakers and many Democrats on Tuesday and some called for him to give up his leadership post. Kweisi Mfume, 'Senator Lott's statements are the kind of callous, calculated, hateful bigotry that has no place in the halls of Congress. His remarks are dangerously divisive, certainly unbefitting a man who is to hold such a highly esteemed leadership role as the majority leader of the Senate.' Tom Daschle said Monday he accepted Lott's explanation that the Republican had not intended to endorse Strom Thurmond's then ardent support of segregation. However, after the critical comments from Maxine Waters, Daschle issued a second statement saying his acceptance of Lott's explanation does not mean that I found the statement appropriate. 'Regardless of how he intended his statement to be interpreted, it was wrong to say it. I strongly disagree with it.'" Maxine Waters helped me get my mind right on this. Maxine Waters spanked Daschle; Daschle went out and took back what he had said. Then Benny Thompson, Mississippi representative: "It's obviously not enough from our vantage point, this apology. It was insulting, and not the words that you would expect from the next Senate majority leader." Bob Mendez, Democrat, New Jersey, Cuban-American, called Lott's apology "a day late and a dollar short." That's story one.

Story two, December 12th, 2002, Chicago Tribune, headline: Lott Hopes Third Apology is the Charm. (Laughing.) "Urgently trying to quell a growing controversy Mississippi Senator Trent Lott gave broadcast interviews Wednesday to expand on his apology for saying America 'would not have so many problems' if it had elected Strom Thurmond president in 1948. 'The words were terrible and I regret it. This was a mistake of the head and not of the heart. I don't accept those policies of the past at all.'" He actually took his words back. He apologized for the words that he used. "Tom Daschle, meanwhile, called on President Bush to personally repudiate Lott's words, as did the DNC's Terry McAuliffe. Sources said the NAALCP, which already has called on Lott to step down, was mulling whether to run a television ad critical of Lott, though a spokesman denied it. John Kerry, a 2004 presidential aspirant, became the first Senator to ask Lott to step aside. 'I simply don't believe the country can today afford to have someone make these statements again and again, be the leader of the US Senate.'" So Kerry called on him to quit. That's the Chicago Tribune on December 12th, 2002. We get to the next story. It is the Lexington, Kentucky Herald-Leader, December 14th, 2002. Headline: Lott's Fifth Apology... (Laughing.) It's so funny. "Lott's Fifth Apology Brings Little Support; Rival Tests Waters for Leadership Role." So he apologized five times. The Democrats never once accepted it, and they forced him from the leadership position and actually forced President Bush in on the issue as well.

Now, I wanted to go through this because I wanted just to show you, in case memories are short. You know, 2002 is three years ago. Some people's memory goes back to yesterday. Some goes back longer than that. But I just wanted to illustrate for you how the two parties play ball and how they're different, and it's sort of sad, and I know why the Republicans do it. It's the same way we've got this Klein book out there. There are certain conservative commentators in a race, they're in a virtual race to show the mainstream media they are not knee-jerk reactionary right-wingers -- and so they're out there dumping on this Klein book. They're dumping on Klein. They're dumping on the whole concept of these kinds of scandal books. In fact, this may not even be what this book is. But it's the same old thing, whether it's renegade Republican commentators, conservative commentators who desperately want the DC culture, "Please, please don't think of me as one of those talk radio guys. Don't think of me that way. Don't think of me as one of those right-wing wackos! I think the Klein book sucks too and look what I wrote and I was first out of the box with it." Same thing in the Senate. "Please, you know, I want any profile in the Style section to be good. We accept Durbin's apology and we're willing to forgive and forget, and move on. We want you to write that we're growing here in stature in Washington." That's just the way things are. That's what happens when the culture of Washington, DC, is dominated by the left

The U.S. House Minority Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi (CA), is a hypocrite.
"Reports have now surfaced showing that another Pelosi staffer, Transportation Adviser Lara Levison, took a nine-day, $4,475 trip to Spain and Germany, paid for by the president of an organization (WestStart-CALSTART) that Pelosi had just secured a ONE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT for, and for whom she secured ANOTHER TWO MILLION DOLLARS just one month later!"

"The two congressmen were James E. Clyburn (S.C.), now vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Bennie Thompson (Miss.), now the senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee."

Dems Change Tack on Ethics Panel Debate 

The Democratic leadership has railed against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's alleged ethics violations. But now that Republican Ethics Committee Chairman Doc Hastings is offering to open an investigation, Democrats won't take yes for an answer.

Bob Rusbuldt said Democrats may not really want an investigation of the Republican leader. "If Tom DeLay is exonerated, they've lost their 'devil incarnate' in the press. And they might not want to have Tom DeLay exonerated or actually know the true facts," he said.

A Kennedy Relative Acted as Informant in Democrat Circles

"At a federal court hearing yesterday morning, Reggie, 43, who organized fund-raisers for President and Mrs. Clinton, pleaded guilty to two felony charges, bank fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors described check-kiting and loan fraud schemes he operated involving three Louisiana banks, but they did not publicly detail his cooperation with the government.

The New York Sun reported yesterday that an unnamed witness with ties to a prominent political figure has been involved in recent federal investigations of campaign fund-raising violations, including a probe into alleged financial misreporting in Mrs. Clinton's bid for the Senate in 2000. The informant, described in court papers only as a "confidential witness," was part of an FBI plan to secretly audiotape conversations with political operatives, including a well-known person who prosecutors said was seeking to funnel donations from foreigners to federal campaigns."

Pelosi pressed for trip records 

"The Washington Times reported earlier this week that Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio Democrat and member of the House ethics committee, listed a registered lobbyist as the trip's sponsor. House rules prohibit registered lobbyists from paying for travel by members."

 

Salazar Expresses Regret, Air America Apologizing, AP Incorrect,  NPR: "We Regret Any Error or Confusion", "Caught in a Contradiction", "Post"-ed a Correction

“Senator Reid has asserted that Social Security is the ‘most successful program in the history of the world,’ yet he wrote legislation allowing himself and other members of Congress to stay out of Social Security,” said Brian Jones, the RNC’s communications director."

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bernard Sanders used campaign donations to pay his wife and stepdaughter more than $150,000 for campaign-related work since 2000, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. Notice how in this story, Bernard Sanders is listed as 'Rep.', not as (D) as in Democrat. It's not until the following passage that his political party is even mentioned. Jim Barrett, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, used Sanders' family payments to highlight what he said is Democratic "hypocrisy" for fiercely attacking DeLay. "It's the standard hypocrisy from the left," Barrett said. "When a Republican does it, it's inappropriate and front page news. But now it turns out, our own Bernie Sanders has been doing it for a long time." He added: "If it's corruption when Tom DeLay does it, then it's corruption when Bernie Sanders does it."
 

Hastert: Democrats protecting their own 

Pelosi was fined by the Federal Election Commission in November 2002 for improperly operating two political action committees.

Republicans say charges against Kanjorski date to 1998, when the 11-term congressman helped two Pennsylvania-based companies owned and run by his four nephews and daughter by earmarking more than $9 million in federal contracts and grants for the two firms.

Three sources close to House GOP leaders said the Democrats being targeted include Pelosi, of California, Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio and Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania.

"What Reid did not explain was that the bill promised a cavalcade of benefits to real estate developers, corporations and local institutions that were paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying fees to his sons' and son-in-law's firms, federal lobbyist reports show."
In July, the Los Angeles Times published a series of articles listing 17 senators and 11 House members whose relatives lobby or work for clients with business before Congress.
The FEC ruling, handed down in March, ordered Schumer's 1998 senatorial campaign to pay a civil penalty of $130,000. The campaign was also ordered to return $120,455 in illegal contributions, bringing the total of fines and restitution to slightly more than a quarter-million dollars. The campaign paid the sum in April.
Prosecutors charge that Rosen covered up the real source of the money, and even caused the creation of a fictitious $200,000 invoice to aid his scheme.
Boxer circumvented the Bureau of Indian Affairs after receiving assurances from the Miwoks that they would not open a casino. But this past April the tribe hired a team of influential political advisers, which included Boxer's son Doug, and announced plans for a massive casino and resort operated by Nevada financiers.
Mrs. Daschle's lucrative lobbying
Is Washington activity of senator's wife conflict of interest?
Mrs. Daschle, a former top Federal Aviation Administration official, has lobbied for Loral Space Technologies, which was awarded a nearly $1 billion FAA contract when she served as FAA deputy administrator.
Also: The wives of Sens. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, have all served as lobbyists, although of these only Ruth Harkin lobbied for government contractors. Sens. John Breaux, D-La., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, have lobbyist sons, and the aunt of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., lobbies for a healthcare interest.

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