Thursday, December 09, 2004

McCain Disdains Coleman

McCarthyesque Senator Norm Coleman of MN calls for Annan's resignation before even concluding his own subcommittee's investigation. The worst part of the GOP have already convicted Annan, without even waiting for the Senate's investigation or the Volker Commission's findings.

This is one of those times when I miss Senator Wellstone the most and lament that such a silly hack has replaced him. Sadder still is that a compromised and opportunistic Sentator like McCain must substitute for any real voice of moral authority in the Senate.


At 10:10 AM, Blogger Bridget said...

Hmmm... A similar statement could be made about you and Tom Delay.

"The worst part of the Democratic Party have already convicted De Lay, without even waiting for the charges against him to be proven." Couldn't the same line of argument you made about DeLay to defend his being removed from office be as applicable here or even more so? Certainly you arent saying that some politicians deserve proper justice -- innocent until proven guilty, while others do not, are you?

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Hardly. Only one blinded by partisan hackery would draw such a facile comparison.

I'm not in a position to officially pass judgement on Tom DeLay, as chairman of the committee investigating oil for food, Coleman is in a position to pass judgement on Annan. To prejudice that decision so blatantly is sickening.

One thing this strongly shows is the hypocrisy of the Right. Willing and able to make snap decisions about Annan, who has never been convicted of anything, nor has anyone near him. Unable to condemn DeLay whose protog├ęs and underlings have been indicted and has multiple ethics violations himself. At some point, you stop getting the benefit of the doubt. We all know DeLay violated the spirit of the law and the long understanding of the limits of partisan politics in pushing redistricting before the 2010 census. He is a thug.

At 6:34 PM, Blogger Tiny Montgomery said...

McCain is an embarassment to decent whores across the globe. So much potential and historical courage, but Bush's poodle he remains.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Bridget said...

The corruption at the UN and the Oil for Food program is much more than mere allegation. The evidence is strong. Campaign finance violations and re-districting (something members of both parites have been guilty of by the way) PALE in comparison. These are some serious criminal acts directly tied to (mass murder) funding terrorism and vile, brutal dictators. Re-districting is a joke compared to this corruption.

If anyone should be held accountable for such abuses of power, certainly the head of the program should be. Or am I crazy? Wasnt it his job to make sure this kind of vile activity didnt go on? At best he is incompetent and at worst the protector of and profiteer from a brutal dictatorship. It is indefensible. Especially since that money was supposed to go to help starving and helpless people. Why didn't Annan take enough steps (do his job correctly) to ensure the money went to the right place? It would seem, even if he werent directly involved, that he is as culpable as the rest of them.

Its disgusting. We should be demanding accountability not villainizing the people actively rooting out this corruption and calling it like it is.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Tiny Montgomery said...

Oil for Food Scandal. Oh my, how quaint. That is so yesterday. Why can't McCain focus, I said focus, damn it, on the immediate threat of total destruction by the Republic of Iran? If we allow this threat to fester, the terrorists will surely win.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Jack Benway said...

Come on Tiny, don't give Arizona's own Manchurian Candidate so much credit by describing him as possessing a noble trait like loyalty. McCain is a grandstanding political opportunist. He'll play Bush's poodle so long as the President is handing out table scraps. On whatever issue and on whichever side McCain can find the brightest spotlight and the most airtime, that's where he'll be.

The media loves to paint McCain as the moderate rebel, a friend to both the left and right. But McCain is nobody's friend, and he's on nobody's side but his own. McCain's no poodle -- a wolf in sheep's clothing sometimes perhaps, but a dog nevertheless.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Tiny Montgomery said...

Benway, you are right and your criticism is well-founded. Not being from AZ, being one possible explanation, I don't have quite as good an idea of the psychology of the individual.


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