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Civil War

Posted by Brian on October 1, 2005

Mark Noonan over at Blogs for Bush writes:

As our Sister Toldjah noted earlier, the “indictment” of Tom Delay is entirely bogus – from what I’ve read, Tom Delay didn’t know about the perfectly legal transaction he is accused of conspiring to make. We have now left entirely the field of normal political conflict and entered a twilight world where fantasy is presented as fact and the only standard of conduct is “will it work?”. This is not the actions of a political Party engaged in seeking a majority – it is the action of a Party determined to destroy its opponents entirely and sieze all power for itself…it is, in short, the stuff from which civil wars are made.

In a normal democratic society, the political parties argue it out, resort to the voters and abide by the results – in our very abnormal society, there is no argument. There is accusation and innuendo, and the count of the voters is considered null and void unless it comes to the “correct” conclusion as determined by one Party. The Democrats do not like Tom Delay – and that is natural and normal given that Delay is a senior leader of the other side, and a damned effective one at that. But this quest to destroy Delay goes beyond the pale – it is an outrage; a negation of all that America is about…a betrayal of American political institution.

I really do urge our Democrats to step back from the edge – you are sitting in a lake of gasoline and you are playing with fire. We on our side will only put up with so much before we start to pay back with usury what we have received. If you can’t defeat Tom Delay in the electoral field, then you will simply have to accept him as Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives – and you’d better start accepting political reality before things get really bad.

Sorry, Mark, but considering the unceasing Republican efforts to trash Bill Clinton in the 90’s, a man your side couldn’t defeat “in the electoral field,” your magnanimous urging of Dems to “step back from the edge” strikes this blogger as yet another example of rank hypocrisy from the right.

And really, enough already with conservatives and their sanctimonious “advice” for the left. Thanks, but I’d rather not take tips from someone who hates me and my beliefs.
(Regarding the DeLay indictments, watching DeLay and his supporters dismiss the charges as a political witch-hunt bears a striking resemblance to the behavior of Korean pols. It’s considered axiomatic among Korean politicians that any accusation of wrong-doing directed towards a fellow party member is nothing more than political payback, and the party will go to great lengths to protect its own. And while the short history of Korean democracy might lend some credence to this degree of cynicism, Delay and his supporters obviously have so little faith in the American system that they’re unwilling to even entertain the possibility that maybe, just maybe, a guy with the nickname The Hammer just might have done something illegal, even after a Texas Grand Jury reached that very same conclusion.)
But for the ultimate smackdown on these silly “civil war” remarks, Hunter over at Daily Kos stepped to the plate and hammered Mark for his self-righteous lecturing:

Mark… may I call you Mark? I feel when someone has shown me the insides of their own rectum, we’re pretty much on a first name basis… I have some words for you.

Whitewater. Rush Limbaugh. “Drug Dealer” Bill Clinton. Swift Boats.
Vince Fucking Foster.

What utter cowardice. What pathetic anti-American pedantry. What laughable protestation. The crimes of campaign money laundering, of fraud, of conspiracy, the violation of the laws of the nation, to be answered with stern visions of potential gunfire if Democrats have the audacity to pursue it.
This is the world of the Republican Party, split open like a rotting pumpkin. Crime after crime after crime being investigated, all revolving around the Republican money machine. Every seed connected by the strands of money they share between them. Barely-laundered campaign money passed in the palm of every flabby handshake. Every player in boldface, underlined print in the Rolodex of every other.

And now, you’re outraged, not by any of the rest of it, not by anything that has come before, but because a few prominent Republican faces have — shock of shocks — been indicted in probes that have spanned years of investigation, and interrogation, and deposition. That, you say, represents the underpinnings of a civil war.

Welcome to the world of the politics of personal destruction, you tubthumping, chin-jutting, Bush humping gits. Welcome to the nasty and partisan world that Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and a legion of insignificant lowest-rung toadies like yourselves nurtured into fruition daily with eager, grubby hands, and now look upon with dull-faced faux horror.

I know you hate me, and anyone else who dares disturb the thin strands of alternate reality in which George W. Bush is an intellectual giant, Saddam really was responsible for 9/11, the economy is getting better by the minute, and we capture the most very important members of al Qaeda on a weekly basis.

But here’s some advice. You’d better start hating me more. This is the world you forged and, unfortunately for you, I’m beginning to take a fancy for it. Welcome to the politics of your own party, finally sprouting from the ground on which you planted the seeds and shat upon them.

Step back from the edge? You poor boy, asleep in the back of the car the whole trip, finally waking up and wondering where you’re at.

Swift boats. Aluminum tubes. Niger uranium. “Mushroom clouds”. Whitewater.
Vince Fucking Foster.

You can’t even see the edge from here. You left it behind a hundred miles back.

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