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Rubber-Stamping, Bush-Enabling, Foley-Protecting Hypocrites

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The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Wednesday sent an e-mail to its followers containing a personal message from Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL), the Republican Party General Chairman, and it was chock-full of unintentionally funny items. "I have said that it is irresponsible to pronounce judgment on the replacement of the U.S. Attorneys before we have the facts. Unfortunately, some would prefer to make political pronouncements instead of getting the facts," says the e-mail, attributed to Martinez. Now that's just hilarious coming from the same people who dogged Bill Clinton from the moment he entered the White House and looked for every reason possible to investigate him in ways that went way beyond pronouncing early judgment. Hell, I've got twenty bucks that says at some point in Clinton's presidency, Republican subpoenas forced him to produce high-school classmates who could vouch for his whereabouts on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. "There is no question that U.S. attorneys, like all political appointees, serve at the pleasure of the President. That was true when Bill Clinton's Justice Department replaced all 93 U.S. attorneys, and it remains true today," writes Martinez. "The Democrats may feign outrage to distract from their discord on the serious issues our nation faces, but sooner or later they will have to face the real responsibilities of governing." Martinez is totally misleading the RNC's lemming-like constituents by implying that the routine turnover of U.S. Attorneys when a president assumes office is the same as the political firings of select Attorneys in the middle of Bush's term. It's the good old GOP mislead-and-distract strategy... Hey, I guess you stick with what got you where you are, right? It's also beyond hypocritical for a charter member of the do-nothing, rubber-stamping Republican Congress of the last few years to be lecturing Democrats on facing "the real responsibilities of governing." The country went straight into the toilet while Congressional Republicans were working abbreviated work weeks and sanctioning every lie and idiot scheme to come out of the White House and they now have the nerve to talk to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid about the "responsibilities of governing." The only thing that crew did for oversight in the last Congress was make sure they covered for Republican Congressman Mark Foley as he turned the Capitol Hill computer network into Although, I have to admit, the cynical calculations of Martinez and the RNC are probably accurate: That most of the people getting e-mails from them and donating money to the Republicans have their glazed eyes pointed at Fox News most of the time and are too stupid to realize what nonsense they have just read. But Martinez had the funniest line of all at the very beginning of the e-mail message: "Alberto Gonzales is a man of integrity and high ethical standards." Stop, Mel. You're killin' me! You can read more from Bob at
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