Still, we want to clarify something about our last post. While we do indeed believe that, out of power after a calamitous run, the Republican party is an organizational and intellectual trainwreck in which the lunatics have been allowed to run the asylum, we wouldn't want you to think that only Republicans are hypocritical, graft-prone or just plain nuts.
Examples, please? Well, since you asked:
1. Hypocrisy. The recent votes by Congress to deny the Obama Administration the funding it needs to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay are as hypocritical as anything we can recall recently. Apparently, all the promises of support were just campaign rhetoric -- and with Democrat in office, the senators and representatives have moved on to the next campaign, for their own re-election. How else to explain Harry Reid's shameful and stupid remark that "we will never allow terrorists to be released in the United States"? As if putting them in, say, a federal supermax were somehow equivalent to setting them free with an AK-47 and bus fare.
2. Graft-proneness. Blagojevich is the obvious example. Biut does anybody remember Norman Hsu? He was finally convicted, a few days ago, of campaign-finance fraud supported by his $60 million Ponzi scheme.
3. Just plain nuts. Set aside the campaigns of Nader, Gravel and Kucinich. They were expensive vanities without a shot in hell, but they were also principled efforts by long-odds candidates with something worth hearing. But consider this: while Catherine "OKC Truther" Crabill may be the GOP nominee for a state legislature, everybody knows she will lose to the incumbent. But Cynthia McKinney is almost as crazy -- and she's served six terms in Congress. During that time she accused Al Gore of being racially intolerant (while he had a black campaign manager) as well as environmentally insensitive. Al Gore, people. She also accused the US government of knowing that 9/11 was coming but doing nothing. And somewhere in there she slugged a Capitol Police security officer.
All this said, we still think the Dems are the lesser of two evils. Marginally.
But if Guantanamo Bay is still a prison in six months, we will change our mind.