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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Are Republicans Going the Way of the Dinosaurs?

(Video by Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker)

Karl Rove's dream of a one-party country may yet come true. Unfortunately for him, it might not be the Republican party. Thanks to Karl and George and Dick and Donald, the Republican party could be in mortal danger.

William F. Buckley, the father of modern conservatism, recently wrote:

The political problem of the Bush administration is grave, possibly beyond the point of rescue...There are grounds for wondering whether the Republican party will survive this dilemma.

Peter Towery, writing in Human Events, a conservative online magazine, wrote with alarm that, in a recent poll:

"about four out of 10 Americans favor impeaching the president and vice president. But the biggest news from this survey is not the overall results, but the opinions of independent voters, who usually decide presidential elections. Forty-two% of independents want Bush and Cheney impeached. These aren't just voters who disapprove of the White House. Instead, they're for initiating a process that could remove them from office...The astounding public sentiment expressed in this poll illustrates just how far Bush and Cheney may have set their party back."

I don't think impeachment is in the cards, although I think there is a strong case to be made for it. I do think that there will be people taking a hard look at bringing Bush and Company up on various charges after they leave office, however.

In the meantime, Republicans look a lot like the Roadrunner (beep, beep) as they frantically run away from Bush.

(Video from Japanese media)

You would think that Hannity and Limbaugh, with all the money they make, would feel a responsibility to make sure a story is true before they report it. If they were to come across a story, for example, that says thousands of Japanese women were conned into buying sheep that they thought were poodles, you'd think they would use their common sense and say, "Hmm, maybe I should double-check this story."

But not our boys. They just forged ahead and reported as a straight news story what a quick check with snopes.com would have told them was an urban legend. I guess they just couldn't pass up a chance to report how goofy all those foreigners are. I suppose it makes them feel better about themselves.

This, of course, comes on the heels of Hannity and other right-wingers reporting Sheryl Crow's obvious "one square" joke as a straight news story. Come on, guys. Stop being so damn lazy. Earn your money. Be professional. Is that too much to ask?

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